EPA Administrator to Step Down Next Month

Lisa Jackson - Environmental Protection Agency announced yesterday she will resign from her position shortly after President Obama's State of the Union address next month.

During her tenure - Jackson has pushed through the most sweeping curbs on air pollution in the past 20-years - including limits on emissions from coal-fired power plants and the dumping of mining waste into streams and rivers near mines.

Jackson thanks President Obama for his confidence in her for the job of EPA Administrator - and she says she will leave the EPA confident the ship is sailing in the right direction. She is excited and ready for her own life challenges with her family and new opportunities to make a difference.

President Obama says over the last four-years - Jackson has shown an unwavering commitment to the health of U.S. families and children.

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says she has balanced improving the environment and health of the American people - while also ensuring the nation's economic competitiveness - well - listening to stakeholders and taking their concerns into account while considering policies that impacted rural America.

Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis says Jackson has been a dedicated advocate for the renewable fuels industry and her work to reduce the nation's addiction to foreign oil - while providing cleaner air and a better environment - should be commended.

The Renewable Fuels Association, National Farmers Union and National Corn Growers Association say Jackson cleared the way for E15 - giving consumers more choices and savings at the pump. RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen says the ethanol industry thanks her for her service. President Obama wishes her the best wherever her future takes her.

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