Since EPA administrator Lisa Jackson announced she is stepping down later this month, there’s been considerable chatter in Washington and beyond about who will replace her. (Jackson speaks on innovation and the environment in Mountain View Jan. 8th).
Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board, is often floated. Nichols has worked at the EPA before, as the Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation under President Clinton. She left the agency in 1997 to work at Environment Now in Santa Monica.
Nichols is widely regarded as one of the most knowledgeable and influential clean air and climate regulators in the United States and is in the midst of overseeing California’s landmark cap-and-trade program.
Her office said Wednesday that she hasn’t made any comments about the EPA job, and would not be available for one.
Others have privately told SiliconBeat that Nichols is happy living in California and has no desire to return to Washington.