NAACP Applauds EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on Her Service to the Country and Environment

(Washington, DC) – The NAACP released the following statement regarding Lisa Jackson’s decision to step down from her position as Environmental Protection Agency Administrator:

From Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors:

“Administrator Jackson has not only been a superb leader of the EPA, but also an inspiration for African American girls who envision a future in the sciences,” stated Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors.  “Thanks to her efforts, the air we breathe and the water we drink will be cleaner for generations to come.”

From Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the National NAACP:

“Administrator Lisa Jackson has been an unwavering advocate in the fight to protect all communities from an onslaught of pollution,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous.  “Her work finalizing the Mercury and Air Toxic rules and soot standards will help lessen the risk of heart attacks, strokes, asthma attacks, birth defects, and bronchitis for families living near coal-fired power plants.  We applaud her for her dedicated leadership. We encourage President Obama to nominate a successor to Administrator Jackson that will maintain and build upon her legacy of courage, commitment, and inclusion."

From Jacqueline Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environmental & Climate Justice Program:

“We extend our thanks to Administrator Jackson and her team for the support they have given to the work of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program,” stated Jacqueline Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environmental & Climate Justice Program.  “Since the creation of our program in 2009, the EPA has shared data to support our research efforts, provided technical assistance to our units, lent guidance and feedback on programming, and collaborated on multiple events.”

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Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

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