Jackson confirmed as EPA administrator

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Lisa Jacksonas headof the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to a report by the Star-Ledger.

Jackson, 46,served ascommisioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) under Gov. Jon Corzizne, and the governor immediately released a statementupon hearingof Jackson's confirmation.

“The American people have gained a tireless public servant and a tenacious guardian of the environment with the confirmation of Lisa Jackson as our nation’s EPA administrator," Corzine said. “During her tenure… Lisa set the highest professional standards in tackling issues both local and global in scope. Her record of implementing strong floodplain and land-use rules; sewer infrastructure reform and planning; as well as swift response when contaminated sites were discovered will have a positive impact on the quality of life of New Jerseyans for generations. Her work on the reduction of greenhouse gasses and combating global warming will serve as a national model.

“Lisa’s counsel and expertise will be missed in New Jersey, but we are proud to share with the nation her vision for a cleaner, sustainable environment.”

Jackson confirmed as EPA administrator