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Thursday
Dec272012

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson Resigns

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, responsible for pushing through some of the most significant curbs on air pollution in 20 years, said Thursday that she will resign from her post next month.

“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,’ Jackson said in a statement Wednesday. “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.”

In his own statement, President Obama said Jackson “has shown an unwavering commitment” to her role as EPA administrator.

“Under her leadership,” the president continued, “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,” Obama said.

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