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Lisa Jackson On What's Next For New-Look EPA (SLIDESHOW)

05/24/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

US News has a lengthy Q&A with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson about her plans for the EPA (TIME Magazine apparently had the same Earth Day idea). She says that the department is re-energized and has big plans, including cleaning up its own image where it may be a bit tarnished:

Have some threats been overlooked?

One real challenge before us is to deal with the issue of toxic chemicals. Part of EPA's bread and butter, and one of the things that only EPA does in government, is to assess toxic chemicals and then communicate the risk associated with them to the American people and to people who want to manufacture with chemicals. I think it's fair to say that most Americans right now have lost confidence in the federal government's ability to adequately assess the huge range of new chemicals that are coming on the market and being introduced into the environment. We need to beef up our efforts.

Lisa Jackson

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