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EPA chief stepping down

January 2, 2013

WASHINGTON — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has announced she will be stepping down from the Cabinet-level position, according to the Los Angeles Times.

lisa jacksonJackson, who is the first black woman to hold the position, fought for and won new regulations for carbon dioxide emissions, but also often sparred with Republican lawmakers, the article stated.

According to the article, while Jackson herself gave no indication what she would be doing next, a source close to her indicated she might be headed back to her home state of New Jersey either for a chance to become president of Princeton University or to run for governor.

Reaction to the resignation has been largely muted among industry leaders and Republican lawmakers, who are viewing the opening at the EPA as a rare opportunity to push back on regulatory policies they see as intrusive and harmful to the stumbling economy, the article noted.

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