The United States Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA (sometimes USEPA) is a federal agency that was created for the purpose of protecting human health and the environment by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by the United States Congress. The EPA was first proposed by President Richard Nixon and began operation in December of 1970. The agency is led by an Administrator, who is appointed by the President but must be approved by Congress. The current Administrator is Lisa P. Jackson; at the time of the Jurassic Park Incident, the Administrator was William K. Reilly. Though the EPA is not a Cabinet department, the Administrator is usually given cabinet rank. The EPA is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and regional offices exist in each of the agency’s ten regions.
After evidence began mounting for suspicious activity by InGen and the Hammond Foundation concerning the natural environments of Central America, the EPA launched an investigation. Little is known of the specifics of this investigation, but Bob Morris approached Alan Grant to question him about his connection to the company.