I’ve learned that H.R. 861 has 7 cosponsors so far who are aiming to dismantle an agency that has transformed the lives of millions of Americans. Since President Richard Nixon formed the agency in 1970, air pollutants such as sulfur dioxide, have decreased by 67 percent. Through effective research and development, the EPA also identified secondhand smoke as a carcinogen in 1993. This paved the way for successful litigation against Big Tobacco, also leading to a successful reduction in U.S. smoking rates. The EPA has helped past generations, like my parents and their parents before they forget how horribly polluted the U.S. was in the past, yet there are calls to terminate the agency.