EPA Chief To Step Down

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EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has announced she will be leaving her post in President Obama’s second term. Her tenure will be most noted for new federal regulations on carbon dioxide emissions.

In annoucning her departure, Jackson made 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 EPA. 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.”

Jackson has not indicated what her plans for the future are, but sources say she might be headed back to her home state of New Jersey to possibly run for governor or seek to become president of Princeton University.

There is no word as of yet who might replace Jackson as EPA’s administrator.

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