Jackson Expected To Easily Clear EPA Head Confirmation Panel

New Jersey's former top environment official faces questioning today from a Senate panel considering her nomination to head the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Lisa Jackson will be asked about the Obama Administration's plans to deal with global warming, water and air pollution and coal ash.

Jackson's nomination is expected to clear the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. A vote on her confirmation will not take place until Barack Obama is sworn in as president on Tuesday.

The 46-year-old Jackson would be the first black person to lead the EPA -- an agency with 17,000 employees and a $7 billion budget.

Before running the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Jackson worked at the EPA for 16 years.