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Lisa Jackson has been confirmed by the Senate as the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
The confirmation sailed unanimously through the upper chamber after a hold was removed by a Wyoming Senator wanting better clarification of President Obama's newly created position for former EPA Administrator from 1993 to 2000, Carol Browner.
The Associated Press reported Thursday that Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) was holding up the unanimous confirmation of Lisa Jackson to head up the EPA until more information could provided as to the undefined role of "Energy Czar," which will be filled by the former Clinton-era EPA Chief. Barrasso removed his hold after speaking personally with Browner late Thursday.
As a newly created position, Browner's job is not Senate-confirmable.
Jackson, who becomes the first African American EPA Chief, has a lot of experience inside the agency, and working with it from state agencies. She spent 16 years with the EPA, both in Washington, D.C., and later moving up through the ranks to head Superfund policy at EPA Region 2 (New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands), as well as serve as the region's deputy director and acting director of Region 2's enforcement division. Since leaving the agency in March 2002, she served as head of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, was tapped as chief of staff to N.J. Gov. Jon Corzine, and played a key role on the selection committee for Obama's transition team.
Jackson on Friday sent a memo to EPA employees, in which she emphasized that the EPA must function as an independent agency, guided by science and the rule of law, and fully transparent. The memo can be read by clicking the link below.