11 February 2003
When you're an environmental scientist, there's not much higher you can get than EPA Headquarters at the Ariel Rios Building in the "Federal Triangle" in Washington, DC. It's only a couple of blocks from the White House.
I can remember reading about the formation of EPA in 1970, when I was in 8th grade. Now I've actually visited the building, which was originally built for the Postal Service and the Interstate Commerce Commission. Today I even ate at the EPA cafeteria, down in the basement, and am happy to report that the porkchops, red cabbage, carrots, and lima beans were quite good. It would have been better if I had been provided a power saw to cut the pork chop, but, fortunately, I still have most of my teeth and was able to enjoy it nevertheless.