EPA building to be named after Bill Clinton

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(CNN) — He’s been out of the White House for more than a decade, but former President Bill Clinton will receive a lasting accolade not far from the executive mansion Wednesday when the headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency is re-christened in his honor.

Congress approved the name change last year, adding the 42nd president to a select list of former government officials immortalized in marble and cement in the nation’s capital.

Clinton’s building, situated at 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, is next door to the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, a federal building that also houses private sector firms. Reagan’s name was also attached to Washington’s National Airport in 1998.

A block away from the soon-to-be Clinton building sits the headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, named for the agency’s former boss J. Edgar Hoover (a controversial figure accused by critics of abusing his post’s power). The FBI is currently weighing options for their deteriorating head office, including demolition.

Across the street from the FBI sits the Justice Department edifice named for Robert F. Kennedy, who served as attorney general during the 1960’s. Former President George W. Bush made that change in 2001.

Dwight D. Eisenhower is the namesake of the massive Second Empire-style building next to the White House that houses executive offices, and the compound that comprises the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Virginia, is named for George H.W. Bush, who once served as chief of the intelligence agency.

Federal agency buildings are also named for Herbert Hoover, Theodore Roosevelt and Gerald Ford.

And of course the capital itself carries the name of the country’s first president, George Washington.

The EPA has long been a politically polarizing agency – some Republicans have even argued for eliminating the organization altogether. When he was president, Clinton battled with Republicans over a number of issues, including increasing standards on drinking water and air pollution.

At Wednesday’s event, he’s expected to make brief remarks. In his post-presidency, Clinton has been an advocate for taking steps to combat climate change.