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Cross posted from TortDeform.com,

Note: I'm listening to the hearing right now, and you can view it live right now, here, by clicking on Live Hearing. Will post an update after!

On the NYT Politics Blog, John Broder shares notes from Lisa Jackson's confirmation hearing today. She's slated to take over the EPA, and has a good amount of support behind her. If the agency priorities she listed during the hearing are any indication of what she'll be up to, she seems to be off to a good start in terms of restoring the agency to its original purpose.

From the blog:

"Science must be the backbone of what E.P.A. does," Ms. Jackson said in her prepared opening statement. "If I am confirmed, I will administer with science as my guide. I understand the laws leave room for policy-makers to make policy judgments. But if I am confirmed, political appointees will not compromise the integrity of E.P.A.’s technical experts to advance particular regulatory outcomes."

...She said that the administration’s environmental priorities were curbing global warming, reducing air pollution, cleaning up hazardous waste sites, regulating toxic chemicals and protecting water quality.

A commitment to these priorities will be a much-needed shift in course for the agency, which has a past peppered with compromise. For examples, check out this blogpost reviewing the EPA and 9/11,this one on the EPA and emissions standards, this post on EPA and its friendship with agribusiness, and this one on the EPA's arms-crossing about rocket fuel in our water.

But making the pledge and fulfilling it are two different things.

Back in December, the Huffington Post did an informative article on Jackson's record as NJ EPA chief. Mentioning possible close ties to industry and questionable decisions made as NJ chief, the article gives reason not to jump on the bandwagon just yet. Relatedly, the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), an environmental watchdog group, released 10 Questions the Senate Should Ask Lisa Jackson, urging committee members to "critically examine actions, decisions and statements that Jackson made at New Jersey DEP which if repeated at EPA would undercut the Obama "change" agenda."  

Something to keep an eye out for.

Originally posted to k franklin on Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 10:33 AM PST.

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  •  Tips (0+ / 0-)

    Update coming soon. Until then I hope folks will take a few minutes to listen to the lightning round of the EPA confirmation hearing.

    The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.-- Martin Luther King Jr.

    by k franklin on Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 10:35:16 AM PST

  •  they asked her about perchlorate (0+ / 0-)

    or rocket fuel in our water. She committed to tackling this issue.

    The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.-- Martin Luther King Jr.

    by k franklin on Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 10:46:57 AM PST

  •  Will you commit to addressing water safety (0+ / 0-)

    and chrom 6, which causes cancer?

    -Jackson says, (in so many words) yes, within the EPA's powers.

    Rep. Boxer says (in so many words) we don't want to put this in the political realm, we want to know that you will exercise your authority under the Safe Drinking Water Act, rather than seek our approval for every single contaminant, etc., to address this.

    Jackson says she'll commit to doing this.

    The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.-- Martin Luther King Jr.

    by k franklin on Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 10:49:25 AM PST

  •  Is there any other link? The one you have in the (0+ / 0-)

    diary won't open at work? Any luck with CSPAN or CNN?

    "Rosa sat down so that Martin could march. Martin marched so we could stand up. We stood up so Jesse could run, and Jesse ran so Obama could win!"- Cleo Fields

    by shawnyQ on Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 11:10:57 AM PST

  •  New EPA Chief Offers a Promising Perspective (0+ / 0-)

    Let's  not assume she can't do what she says. What about assuming that she can and will do what she says -- and that we'll keep an eye out to be sure that is so!

    I know EPA staffers who can't WAIT for a science-oriented leadership to return to the agency.

    There will likely be internal resistance, but presumably the Obamaniks are prepared to deal with that, to whatever extent possible.

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