23 January 2009 20:24 [Source: ICIS news]
WASHINGTON (ICIS news)--The new US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief said on Friday that she will move quickly to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and will help Congress craft strong climate change legislation.
Lisa Jackson, newly approved by the US Senate as EPA administrator, also said in a note to agency employees that she will give priority attention to revise and strengthen the principal US chemicals control statute, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
“With his election and with my appointment, President Obama has dramatically changed the face of American environmentalism,” ?xml:namespace>
“With your help, we can now change the face of the environment as well,” she said.
“The president has pledged to make responding to the threat of climate change a high priority of his administration,” she noted.
“EPA will stand ready to help Congress craft strong, science-based climate legislation that fulfils the vision of the president,” she said.
While Congress works toward a comprehensive climate change bill,
That decision was broadly criticised by the
On revising TSCA,
“It is now time to revise and strengthen EPA’s chemicals management and risk assessment programmes,” she said.
Chemical industry officials have expressed concern that a drastic revision of TSCA could result in a
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