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EPA Administrator Named Chair Of Chesapeake Council

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U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is the new chair of the Chesapeake Executive Council.
Elliot Francis
U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is the new chair of the Chesapeake Executive Council.

By Elliott Francis

Federal EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has been picked to head the council that sets policy for the clean-up and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.

Jackson replaces outgoing VA Governor Tim Kaine as new chair of the Chesapeake Executive Council. She admits Kaine has set a pace that will be tough to match.

"I feel as though our challenge at this moment is to build on the momentum, and to live up to the promise of all that we have set in motion in the year 2009," says Jackson.

That momentum was accelerated earlier this year when President Obama directed the EPA to lead the effort to clean up the bay. Kaine says Jackson has broader reasons to succeed.

"I also think her focus on the bay is motivated by a second factor," he says. "If we do this work right we can use it as an example in cleaning up other watersheds in the nation."

The Executive Council comprises elected officials from five states and the district. Members agree that Jackson's apparent vested federal interest in the Chesapeake is cause for optimism.

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