Lisa Jackson, the administrator to the Environmental Protection Agency, gave a list of what the 7 top priorities are in this New Year to her agency colleagues. She has been in this position for a year and when she first began, she drew out the top 5 priorities.
Among the top priorities were taking action on climate change, improving air quality, assuring the safety of chemicals, cleaning up our communities, protecting America’s waters, expanding the conservation of environmentalism and working for environmental justice, and lastly, building strong state and tribal partnerships.
In a letter to agency employees, she addressed each priority and explained specifically why this is a key priority for the agency at this time and for the years ahead.
She concluded her letter by saying, “I have unlimited confidence in the talent and spirit of our workforce, and I will look to your energy, ideas and passion in the days ahead. I know we will meet these challenges head on, as one EPA.”
The agency has begun taking steps towards meeting these challenges. EPA just proposed the first numeric limits in regards to farm and urban runoff pollution in Florida. Apparently this is going to be a very large nationwide effort, however, Florida is the first and may become the model for other areas.