EPA chief resigns
Jan 30, 2013
Environmental Protection Agency head, Lisa Jackson, recently announced her resignation from the body after a four-year tenure with the organization that led to major sustainability changes and public disputes over topics like global warming, the coal industry, and the controversial Keystone oil pipeline.
According to the New York Daily News, Jackson came to the agency with the Obama administration and had hoped to take more action on environmental issues and make significant changes to sustainability regulations. Environmental groups may have been disappointed with her performance during her time with the agency, especially as the clean-air regulations and coal ash control rules she fought for have not been implemented, the source said. However, she did manage to help implement rules that force some plants to limit mercury and other pollutants they emit into the air.
Even though Jackson did not announce when she will depart, speculation has already arisen over who will take over the position. According to the National Journal, there are several individuals speculated to be in line for the position, including Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire. The new choice could have a significant impact on environmental regulations, which could in turn affect businesses for years to come.
With the potential for new EPA rules, businesses should take the time to be certain they are already in line with current legislation and are not inadvertently violating critical regulations-especially with regard to contractor management. Companies should also ensure they are engaged in proper contractor screening processes that will allow them to eliminate potential contractors or suppliers with a poor compliance history. Businesses that work with such partners may be at risk for citations or fines, making it important for both parties to abide by all regulations. Firms hiring contractors or suppliers may also find it useful to consistently provide compliance training to their partners, as this will help mitigate risk for both parties.