Dems to Obama: Pick EPA chief with ‘Vision’

Several Senate committee chairmen and other Democrats are urging President Obama to appoint a new Environmental Protection Agency Administrator with “both a vision and demonstrated record of working to safeguard our children and families.”

Current EPA chief Lisa Jackson is stepping down soon, and the White House has not named a nominee to replace her after a tenure that generally won praise from environmentalists and many Democrats.

“The EPA nominee must … build on Administrator Lisa Jackson’s critical work to protect the air we breathe and the water we drink. We know that pollution can cause asthma attacks, heart and lung disease, cancer, damage to the reproductive system, strokes, and premature death,” states a new letter to Obama from 16 senators spearheaded by Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.).

The letter was also signed by Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)

Read more at The Hill. By Ben German.

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