EPA Administrator Jackson announces resignation
U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has announced she will resign following President Obama’s State of the Union address, which is scheduled for Jan. 24. While she did not cite a reason for her departure, Jackson did thank Obama for the honor he bestowed on her in 2008, when he nominated for her for the position.
“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,’” Jackson said in a statement. “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.
The White House has issued a statement in response to Jackson’s announcement. “Over the last four years, Lisa Jackson has shown an unwavering commitment to the health of our families and our children,” Obama said. “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.”