05 Jan '12, 5pm

Photos: What America looked like before the EPA via @grist

Photos: What America looked like before the EPA via @grist

In 1972, the year-old EPA had photographers traverse the country to document the (often dire) state of the environment. This project, Documerica, was "the visual echo of the mission of the EPA," according to one photographer. Now, 40 years later, archive specialist Jerry Simmons has unearthed the photos and put them online at the National Archives website and on Flickr . It's a time capsule of life before the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts.

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2012-01-05-photos-what-america-...

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