Thursday, December 27, 2012

Lisa Jackson announces she is resigning top EPA post

EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson at Clean Air Act 40th anniversary event

Lisa P. Jackson
, who was credited today by the Washington Post with pushing through
the most sweeping curbs on air pollution in two decades, announced this morning that
she will resign her post as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shortly after President Obama’s State of the Union address next month.
The former New Jersey DEP Commissioner "has not accepted another job at this time, according to several individuals who have spoken with her," reported the Post today in
a story that said of her term in office:
"Outspoken on issues including climate change and the need to protect disadvantaged communities from experiencing a disproportionate amount of environmental harm, Jackson pressed for limits on emissions from coal-fired power plants as well as the dumping of mining waste into nearby streams and rivers."

Jackson released the following statement:
I want to thank President Obama for the honor he bestowed on me and the confidence he placed in me four years ago this month when he announced my nomination as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. At the time I spoke about the need to address climate change, but also said: “There is much more on the agenda: air pollution, toxic chemicals and children’s health issues, redevelopment and waste-site cleanup issues, and justice for the communities who bear disproportionate risk.”   As the President said earlier this year when he addressed EPA’s employees, “You help make sure the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat are safe. You help protect the environment not just for our children but their children. And you keep us moving toward energy independence…We have made historic progress on all these fronts.” So, I will leave the EPA confident the ship is sailing in the right direction, and ready in my own life for new challenges, time with my family and new opportunities to make a difference."

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