Lisa Jackson, the current head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), announced her resignation last week.
"There has been no fiercer champion of our health and our environment than Lisa Jackson, and every American is better off today than when she took office nearly four years ago. For that, we are deeply grateful to Lisa for her service, and to President Obama for having appointed her to this vital position," said Frances Beinecke, President of the Natural Resources Defense Council.
While there is still much to do to protect children and families from toxic chemicals on the federal level, Ms. Jackson paved the way for better acknowledgment of the worst-of-the-worst chemicals, and for overhauling the decades-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). She was willing to begin the conversation that has been absent from Washington for too long.
As we look to the appointment of a new EPA administrator, it is our hope that the President and Congress consider an appointee who:
- Continues to push for the overhaul of TSCA, so that there will be federal oversight of the more than 80,000 unregulated toxic chemicals in our lives.
- Looks to toxic chemical progress in the states as a model for federal rules and regulations. While toxic chemical rule changes have been gridlocked in Washington, the states continue to pass good laws which protect citizens of individual states.
- Works with advocacy groups such as the Safer States coalition and Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families to determine toxic chemical priorities in the agency.
We will watch with interest to see who President Obama appoints to fill Lisa Jackson's shoes.