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Congress approves bill to name EPA headquarters after President Clinton

Both chambers of Congress have passed legislation to rename the Environmental Protection Agency’s District of Columbia headquarters after former President Bill Clinton. 

The building, located at 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue and currently named the “Ariel Rios Building,” previously served as the headquarters of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The facility was renovated to house the EPA in 1993. 

Rios was an ATF special agent killed in the line of duty on Dec. 2, 1982. The ATF plans to name a reflecting pool after him at the agency’s current headquarters at 99 New York Avenue NE in Washington.

If President Obama signs the name-change legislation, the EPA headquarters would officially become the “William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building.” 

Among the Clinton administration’s environmental accomplishments were a tightening of drinking-water standards and approval of stricter air-pollution standards. 

“President Clinton not only protected the environment, which saved thousands of lives, he also maintained a strong economy and created jobs,” said Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). “Naming the EPA headquarters is a fitting way to honor his legacy.” 

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Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.



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