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Replacements are Considered in the Wake of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson’s Decision to Step Down

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With Environmental Protection Agency head Lisa Jackson stepping down, GovExec has compiled a list of the top five most likely candidates to replace her.

Confirmed to head the EPA in 2009, some of Jackson’s projects included setting new standards for mercury and other toxic emissions, limiting fine particle soot in the air, and motor vehicles’ fuel-economy and greenhouse-gas standards.

(Click Here, to read more in depth coverage about Jackson’s departure from the EPA.)

According to William Becker, National Association of Clean Air Agencies, and Frank O’Donnell, Clean Air Watch president, said leading the list is Bob Perciasepe, EPA deputy administrator and chief operating officer.

Another possible candidate for EPA administrator is Mary Nichols who is currently the chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board.

Bradley Campbell, former EPA Mid-Atlantic regional administrator is also in the running for the post as is Gina McCarthy, EPA office of air and radiation assistant administrator. Campbell is currently the head of a private law and consulting practice in New York.

Other candidates for the post are Kathleen McGinty, former head of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection and Heather Zichal, White House’s top aide on energy and climate issues.

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