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Monday, March 16, 2009

EPA Administrator Discusses Environment with Tavis Smiley

Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, appears on Tavis Smiley's PBS program [Full Interview] Tuesday, March 17, in a television interview. Jackson comments on the Obama administration’s plans for a renewed commitment to energy and environmental protection. She will also discuss environmental racism and creating green collar jobs.

Before becoming EPA Administrator, Jackson served as Chief of Staff to New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine. Prior to that, she was Commissioner of New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). While Commissioner, Jackson was known for her advocacy for reducing greenhouse gases, aggressively addressing pollution, and having an open and honest dialogue with stakeholders in the public policy process. Jackson’s tenure was also noted for ensuring that underserved communities received fair environmental protection under the law.

About Lisa Jackson: As EPA Administrator, Lisa P. Jackson leads a staff of approximately 18,000 professionals dedicated to protecting the public health and environment of all Americans. Administrator Jackson lists among her priorities reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving air quality, managing chemical risks, cleaning up hazardous waste sites, and protecting America’s water. Nominated to lead the Agency by President Barack Obama, Jackson is the first African-American to serve in that position. Jackson is a summa cum laude graduate of Tulane University’s School of Chemical Engineering and earned a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University.

About TAVIS SMILEY on PBS: TAVIS SMILEY is a smart hybrid of news, issues and entertainment, featuring interviews with newsmakers, politicians, celebrities and everyday people. The late night television talk show is now also airing early on Friday evenings as part of PBS' public affairs programming. Please check local listings. The four-time NAACP Image Award-winning TAVIS SMILEY is produced by The Smiley Group Inc./TS Media Inc. in association with KCET/Los Angeles. Major funding for TAVIS SMILEY is provided by Wal-Mart and PBS. Additional support comes from Nationwide Insurance.

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