Area legislators vocal about their pro-coal stance took a cautiously optimistic approach Friday to news that Environmental Protection Agency head Lisa P. Jackson will soon step down.
“I hope this resignation indicates that the Administration is going to moderate its position regarding the use of coal, but only time will tell,” Virginia U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-9th, wrote in an email Friday.
Earlier this year, Griffith called out Jackson by name during campaign speeches as someone responsible for the coal industry’s economic hardships.
Jackson, known for pushing strict regulations on carbon dioxide emissions, this week said she will leave the Cabinet-level post after President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address in January.
She took over the EPA in 2009 and has often said her greatest achievement was a series of court rulings that allowed the agency to regulate carbon dioxide emissions because it was scientifically deemed a threat to the public.
Read more at TriCities.com. By Michael L. Owens, Bristol Herald Courier.