Our mission is to restore, protect and enhance the environment, to ensure public health, environmental quality and economic vitality

Gavin Newsom


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Jared Blumenfeld

Secretary for Environmental Protection

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Our Departments

California Air resources board

Mary D. Nichols

Chair, California Air Resources Board

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Department of Toxic substances Control

Meredith Williams

Acting Director, Department of Toxic Substances Control

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Val Dolcini

Director, Department of Pesticide Regulation

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Cal Recycle

Scott Smithline

Director, CalRecycle

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California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

Lauren Zeise, Ph.D.

Director, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

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State Water Board Chair E. Joaquin Esquivel

E. Joaquin Esquivel

Chair, State Water Resources Control Board

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About US

We fulfill our mission by developing, implementing and enforcing environmental laws that regulate air, water and soil quality, pesticide use and waste recycling and reduction. Our departments are at the forefront of environmental science, using the most recent research to shape the state’s environmental laws.

History of CalEPA

In 1961, Governor Edmund G. Brown oversaw a comprehensive reorganization of the Executive branch, which established state agencies and placed most of the state’s environmental quality programs within the Resources Agency.

CalEPA Services