Environmental agency chief Jackson to step down


US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Lisa Jackson announced yesterday that she would be stepping down from her post after a tenure of almost four years marked by battles with Republicans who fought her proposed environmental regulations.

Under her leadership, the agency declared for the first time that carbon dioxide was a pollutant that could be regulated under the clean air Act, leading the EPA to develop a new regulatory regime to limit carbon emissions.

President Barack Obama thanked Ms Jackson for her service, praising her work on mercury pollution limits, fighting climate change and helping set new fuel economy standards.

“Under her leadership, the EPA has taken sensible and important steps to protect the air we breathe and the water we drink,” Mr Obama said.

Ms Jackson’s time at the agency was marked by some bruising encounters with Republican legislators, who accused her of orchestrating massive regulatory overreach that they said was choking US economic growth.

In her statement Ms Jackson, the first black administrator of the EPA, said that she was “confident the ship is sailing in the right direction”. – (Reuters)