Lisa Jackson will step down as EPA chief

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 3, 2013

There will be a change in the leadership of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with the departure of its chief Lisa Jackson from her post after nearly four years. Jackson has been one of the major players in raising the federal fuel-efficiency standards to 54.5 mpg by 2025. She has also been in a dispute with Republicans who opposed the environmental regulations that she proposed.

Jackson also led the agency to declare carbon dioxide as a pollutant that may be regulated under the Clean Air Act. This allowed the EPA to create a new regulatory regime to reduced carbon emissions. President Barack Obama released a statement to thank Jackson for her service and to applaud her work on mercury pollution limits, her battle against climate change and helping establish new fuel economy standards.

Obama said that when Jackson was EPA chief, the agency took prudent and significant steps “to protect the air we breathe and the water we drink.” Jackson also contended with Republican lawmakers, who claimed that she devised a massive regulatory overreach that had restricted U.S. economic growth. Jackson, the first black administrator of the EPA, also released a statement to say that she was "confident the (EPA) ship is sailing in the right direction."

Among the possible replacements for Jackson are: Bob Perciasepe, the present deputy EPA administrator; and Kathleen McGinty, who formerly headed Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection and a protégé of former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. Obama said further that Jackson has displayed her firm commitment to the health of everyone in the country. He added that Jackson’s drive to raise fuel economy standards will help the average family to save thousands of dollars worth of fuel.

Topics: epa, united states

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