Timelines
Energy and the Environment

  • 1954
    Atomic Energy Act Passed

  • 1957
    First U.S. Commercial Nuclear Reactor Begins Operations

  • 1963
    Clean Air Act Is Passed

  • 1970
    Environmental Protection Agency Created
    First Earth Day Celebrated

  • 1972
    Clean Water Act Is Passed

  • 1973
    Endangered Species Act Is Passed
    OPEC Oil Embargo Causes Energy Crisis

  • 1976
    Federal Land Policy And Management Act Passed

  • 1977
    Department Of Energy Created

  • 1978
    Toxic Legacy of Love Canal

  • 1979
    Disaster at Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant

  • 1980
    Superfund Law Requires Companies To Clean Up Toxic Waste

  • 1982
    Nuclear Waste Policy Act Is Passed

  • 1987
    Yucca Mountain Selected As First Nuclear Waste Repository

  • 1989
    Exxon Valdez Oil Spill In Alaska

  • 1990
    Oil Pollution Act Is Passed

  • 1992
    Energy Policy Act Becomes Law

  • 2002
    Nuclear Waste Repository Approved

  • 2007
    Supreme Court Acts On Emissions Regulation

  • 2010
    Massive Oil Spill In Gulf Of Mexico

  • 2011
    Japan Faces Nuclear Crisis