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EPA Nominee Would Face Uncertain Path

Dec 31, 2012
(The Hill)

Senate Republicans are in no mood to allow easy confirmation of any replacement for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson, who announced Thursday that she'll leave the agency’s top job early in 2013.

Several said they want evidence a new administrator would change the direction of EPA, an agency that critics accuse of imposing overly aggressive rules that burden coal companies, manufacturers and other businesses.

"There needs to be someone with a balanced approach, someone who understands that regulations needs to balanced so they don’t cost people jobs," said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Friday.