US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced that she will step down shortly after US President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address in January.
Jackson’s Dec. 27 statement concluded, “So I will leave 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.”
She leaves a mixed legacy at the federal environmental regulator. Oil and gas producers questioned methods in the agency’s attempts to limit carbon dioxide emissions. Refiners, automakers, and engine manufacturers criticized its effort to raise the amount of ethanol allowed in gasoline without fully addressing possible adverse equipment impacts.