MOVES: Lisa Jackson steps down as EPA administrator

27 December 2012 16:55  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Lisa Jackson said on Thursday she is stepping down after a four-year tenure with the federal regulatory group.

Jackson started with the EPA in 1987 as a staff-level scientist before moving to the agency’s Region 2 office in New York. She joined the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in 2002 and was appointed commissioner in 2006.

President Barack Obama announced her nomination for EPA administrator in December 2008.

“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.

With “historic progress on all these fronts”, Jackson said she is ready to pursue new opportunities to make a difference.

A successor was not immediately named.

By: Tracy Dang
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