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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson announced her resignation on Thursday.
In a prepared statement, she said she will be leaving her post after the president’s state of the union address.
“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.
Jackson’s EPA has yet to make a decision on regulating coal ash waste from power plants. That issue was thrust onto the agency’s radar following the Dec. 22, 2008, ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant. The EPA started overseeing the cleanup in the spring of 2009.
Jackson once made a surprise visit to Roane County to meet with residents impacted by the disaster.