Lisa Jackson Added Much to EPA Legacy

For Immediate Release

Washington, D.C. – Today is Lisa Jackson’s final day as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Margie Alt, executive director of Environment America, issued the following statement:

“From her days working in the non-profit world cleaning up Superfund sites, to her time as EPA chief seeing through landmark clean air standards, Lisa Jackson demonstrated her mettle as a champion for the environment.

“I remember working with Lisa Jackson while in her role as Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection in New Jersey.

“Jackson was working to provide the strongest set of protections for some of the state's pristine rivers and drinking water sources. Environment New Jersey staff at the time worked with Jackson to build support for the effort. By filing a legal petition that urged increased protection for the Toms River, which feeds the Shore and Barnegat Bay, Category One protections were won for more than 700 miles of rivers.

“In 2007, Environment New Jersey and Jackson worked closely in pushing for the Global Warming Response Act to be passed by the state’s legislature.

“By the time she took office as administrator of the U.S. EPA, Jackson was primed to take on our nation’s paramount environmental challenges, and was very involved in implementing the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the landmark program in capping global warming pollution and creating investments for clean energy development.

“All told, by overseeing the implementation of life-saving limits to mercury pollution from power plants, working with the Department of Transportation to double fuel efficiency and global warming pollution standards for vehicles, and so much more in between, her work made these past four years some of the most successful in EPA’s history.

“I congratulate Lisa Jackson on her tremendous accomplishments and offer our sincere thanks for her service.”