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Obama praises retiring EPA chief for environmental protection efforts

WASHINGTON, Dec. 28 — U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday thanked retiring Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson for her efforts in environmental protection.

"Over the last four years, Lisa Jackson has shown an unwavering commitment to the health of our families and our children," Obama said in a statement.

"Under her leadership, the EPA has taken sensible and important steps to protect the air we breathe and the water we drink, including implementing the first national standard for harmful mercury pollution, taking important action to combat climate change under the Clean Air Act, and playing a key role in establishing historic fuel economy standards that will save the average American family thousands of dollars at the pump, while also slashing carbon pollution," the president noted.

Jackson on Thursday announced that she will resign from the top environment watchdog after a four-year tenure. (PNA/Xinhua)


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