Patt Morrison for March 22, 2011

EPA director Lisa Jackson on funding and new toxic standards

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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson arrives for a hearing of the House Energy.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Lisa Jackson is in Los Angeles today, after a month of defending the agency’s 2012 budget in Congressional hearings, and most recently from accompanying President Obama on his trip to Brazil. She talks with Patt about the battle for the agency’s funding—of which House Republicans still want to cut a third—and how that would impact the agency’s ability to enforce environmental protections in California and across the nation. How can the EPA do its job with an uncooperative Congress holding the purse strings? And what will be the future ability of states to decide their own regulation guidelines, as California has tried to do; and vice versa, when states shirk eco-friendliness?

Guest:

Lisa Jackson, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Molly Peterson, KPCC’s environmental reporter


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