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EPA’s First African-American Director Steps Down

Lisa P. Jackson
Lisa P. Jackson

By// Brandon Byrd

Lisa Jackson has resigned as director of the Environmental Protection Agency, according to The Grio. As the first African-American to hold the position, Jackson announced that after long unresolved struggles with the Republican congress on pollution reduction and carbon emissions, she will be leaving her post.

Before working under President Obama and the EPA, Jackson was a chemical engineer running the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and while at the EPA made major strides in regulation of air quality, and established the nation’s first national standard for mercury pollution. Jackson was also one of the main contributors to the Clean Air Act and helped create new fuel economy regulations and standards.