NEW YORK Lisa P. Jackson
has announced plans to step down as administrator of the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency following President
Obamas State of the Union address in January.
Jackson, who assumed the post
four years ago, said in a statement that she leaves the EPA
"confident the ship is sailing in the right direction."
The EPA has not yet named a replacement for Jackson, who
said she is leaving to pursue "new challenges, time with my
family and new opportunities to make a difference."