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Lisa Jackson resigns from EPA

Lisa Jackson, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for President Barack Obama’s first term, announced that she will resign.

“I will leave the EPA confident the ship is sailing in the right direction, and ready in my own life for new challenges, time with my family, and new opportunities to make a difference,” Jackson said in a statement.

With a tenure that included a host of new air-quality regulations, Jackson gained praise from environmental groups but severe criticism from regulated industries and Republican leaders.