WASHINGTON, Dec. 27, 2012- The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that she is leaving her post after the President delivers his State of the Union address in 2013.

“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,” said Administrator Lisa Jackson in a statement today. 

Saying that “Lisa has been an important part of my team,” President Barack Obama added in a statement that “under her leadership, the EPA has taken sensible and important steps to protect the air we breathe and the water we drink.”

Jackson, often criticized by Congressional Republicans for regulatory zeal, began her post at EPA four years ago. 

CEO of Growth Energy Tom Buis said in a statement that Jackson “should be applauded for all she has done to advance biofuels and a cleaner, better environment.”


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