Lisa Jackson to Step Down as EPA Director


TreeHugger interviews Lisa Jackson

Lisa Jackson has tendered her resignation as Director of the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Republicans hated her "job-killing regulations". According to the New York Times, One coal industry official accused her of waging “regulatory jihad.” Lisa Jackson had a tough job with everyone out to get her. John Broder in the Times notes:

Ms. Jackson, the first African-American to head the E.P.A., brushed off that treatment as part of the territory and a reflection of the new partisan reality in Washington. More difficult for her was the lack of support she received at times from environmental groups, who saw every compromise as a betrayal, and from the White House, which was trying to balance worries about the economy and the president’s re-election campaign against the perceived costs of tough environmental policies.

It was certainly a tough job.

The President's statement on her resignation:

Over the last four years, Lisa Jackson has shown an unwavering commitment to the health of our families and our children. Under her leadership, the EPA has taken sensible and important steps to protect the air we breathe and the water we drink, including implementing the first national standard for harmful mercury pollution, taking important action to combat climate change under the Clean Air Act, and playing a key role in establishing historic fuel economy standards that will save the average American family thousands of dollars at the pump, while also slashing carbon pollution. Lisa has been an important part of my team, and I want to thank her for her service in my Administration and her tireless efforts to benefit the American people. I wish her all the best wherever her future takes her.

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