Speaker: Lisa P. Jackson
EPA Administrator

Sound bite 1 (MP3, 0:06 secs, 59 KB )
Transcript: I firmly believe that we - together - are making history

Sound bite 2 (MP3, 0:13 secs, 126 KB )
Transcript: In the last 12 months we have, as I said, made history together. Not only have we made history - that's fun to talk about - but we have made a difference in the lives of people.

Sound bite 3 (MP3, 0:14 secs, 139 KB )
Transcript: We began by reaffirming the core values of this agency and it's mission, and we've shown the American public that a devotion to science, to transparency and the law are paramount in protecting human health and the environment.

Sound bite 4 (MP3, 0:10 secs, 98 KB )
Transcript: Now is time to make a change, and we are that change. The change that the American people voted for is us doing our jobs.

Sound bite 5 (MP3, 0:12 secs, 121 KB )
Transcript: These priorities are built around the challenges and opportunities inherent in our mission to protect human health and the environment. I have every confidence in our ability to meet every challenge, and seize every opportunity.

Sound bite 6 (MP3, 0:16 secs, 161 KB )
Transcript: This year marks EPA's 40th year in existence. People will be paying attention, and when they pay attention I hope that they see consistently an agency performing at the highest level of effectiveness in its 40 year history.


Sound bite 7 (MP3, 0:19 secs, 190 KB)
Transcript: 2009 was nothing short of historic when it comes fighting climate change…[8:59] now we have to continue along this effort. Using the Clean Air Act, we must and will develop common-sense solutions for reducing GHG emissions…[9:07]


Sound bite 8 (MP3, 0:05 secs, 51 KB )
Transcript: American communities face serious health and environmental challenges from air pollution.


Sound bite 9 (MP3, 0:14 secs, 143 KB )
Transcript: We have an opportunity. It's going to take work, but it's an opportunity to make significant and long-overdue progress in assuring the safety of chemicals that are ubiquitous in our products, and in our environment and in our bodies.


Sound bite 10 (MP3, 0:23 secs, 224 KB )
Transcript: All environmental protection, like all politics, is quite local. Very few people come to environmental protection because they wake up one morning and read a book about it. They come to environmental protection because it touches them - the lack of that protection, a fear about an environmental outcome, or about their health or their family's health motivates them to some type of action.

Sound bite 11 (MP3, 0:20 secs, 194 KB )
Transcript: As much as EPA is a big pillar of wonderful and good things, it must also be accessible through states and through local governments and through our own actions to communities, to answer that call the minute a parent wakes up and worries about a common complaint and tries to find information on a web site.

Sound bite 12 (MP3, 0:11 secs, 109 KB )
Transcript: We will continue our work, and we will build broader, community-based programs, and case-by-case efforts like Libby and Kingston to create safer, healthier communities across the country.


Sound bite 13 (MP3, 0:25 secs, 250 KB )
Transcript: Water quality and enforcement programs face complex challenges - everything from nutrient loadings, stormwater runoff, invasive species - big ugly invasive speciaes like Asian Carp - and drinking water contaminants. [12:26]…[12:30] These are challenges that can have profound human health impacts, and they demand both traditional measures and innovative strategies. And we have a range of both to set in motion.

Sound bite 14 (MP3, 0:09 secs, 86 KB )
Transcript: We need innovative breakthroughs, but we need consistent and quiet action which is pointed firmly in the direction of breakthrough changes.


Sound bite 15 (MP3, 0:25 secs, 246 KB )
Transcript: This EPA has begun - thanks to your efforts - a new era of outreach and protection for communities that are historically underrepresented in our decision making. We are building and rebuilding strong working relationships with tribes, communities of color, economically distressed cities and towns and people in rural areas, young people and others. But this is just a start.


Sound bite 16 (MP3, 0:33 secs, 327 KB )
Transcript: …those of you who worked at the state remember, as I do, that states bear primary responsibility for permitting, for enforcement, for implementation of environmental protection in this country. We have to remember that for most citizens when they think about protection the person who's going to deliver it to them is probably at the state government level. And right now, as we all know, declining tax revenues and fiscal challenges are pressuring state agencies to make really painful cuts...

Sound bite 17 (MP3, 0:03 secs, 34 KB )
Transcript: Strong partnerships are more essential than ever.