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EPA's Lisa Jackson On a Return to Science, Transparency and the Rule of Law

Monday, March 09, 2009

Lisa Jackson with WNYC's Amy Eddings

Lisa Jackson with WNYC\'s Amy Eddings

Lisa Jackson, the new administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency, recently made her first visit back to the metropolitan area since being named to the post by President Obama and she got a standing ovation at the EPA's regional office in Lower Manhattan. That's because Jackson was among friends she worked at the Region Two office for 16 years, before heading to New Jersey to lead its Department of Environmental Protection. I had a chance to sit down with her at 290 Broadway, to talk about her approach to some local EPA issues. I started by asking how does it feel, as EPA chief, to have the president propose a 34 percent bump in your budget?

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Arnita Gadson

Congratulations on your appointment.

I am the Exec. Dir. of the Ky. Environmental Quality Commission. A first for Ky.

In KY.There are many concerns regarding mining issues, mountain top removal in particular. However; Ky does not seem to be on the radar screen when it comes to the specific concerns of the affected community members.

A special air toxics project in Jefferson County (the largest county in Ky - approx 1,000,000 pop., was brought about from special concerns and action from the people and a group called the West Jefferson Community Task Foce

It behooves the new administration to assure the communities across the Commonwealth that their desparate cries are being heard on mining exposure and the consequent degradation of water quality and soil;
much improvement on mercury issues; an emergency action plan for dams and its security, just to name a few.

I am elated to know that many acres of land have been spared. I would like EPA to look closely into developing more strict guidelines that affect the Planning and Zoning agencies, that many times allow natural habitat to be damaged or destroyed. There are rules presently in place, the use or even knowledge of the rules leaves many questions in the minds of citizens when planning and zoning decisions are made.
I have tried to work with HUD on occasion to guarantee that new community development projects where old has been replaced with new, especially for low income families,is not built on toxic/polluted soil and not placed near industrial sites that have been noted for their emission levels.

I could go on, however I appreciate the opportunity to speak. Once again CONGRATUALTIONS!!!!!

Apr. 01 2009 01:50 PM
Teresa Keves

Nice going ex-neighbor. We miss you and your family and are extremely proud of your accomlishments.
The Keves'

Apr. 01 2009 11:47 AM
Ana Cordero

CONGRATULATIONS LISA!!!!!!!

Ana Cordero Region 2

Mar. 10 2009 01:41 PM

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