Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency Lisa P. Jackson has announced that she will step down after President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address in January.
Jackson, 50, has faced strong opposition from the GOP while heading the EPA, with continual threats of EPA defunding. She also had to accept Obama’s order to delay smog regulations prior to the 2012 election.
Some of the wins the EPA has had under Jackson include the push for higher fuel efficiency in vehicles, the launch of the Environmental Technologies Export initiative, and new CO2 emissions standards for new power plants.
Jackson, a New Jersey native and trained chemist, said in her press release that she is ready for new challenges and time with her family.
There’s no word on who will be Obama’s next pick for EPA chief.