EPA regional administrator Armendariz resigns

The EPA senior administrator for the South Central Administration (Region 6) has resigned after receiving an onslaught of criticism from comments he made two years ago.

Al Armendariz used the word “crucify” to describe how the EPA enforced laws in the oil industry in 2010 and has recently been in the national spotlight due to criticism from Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe.

“My continued service will distract you and the agency,” Al Armendariz said in his resignation letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, according to MSNBC.

Jackson had accepted the resignation. “I respect the difficult decision he made and his wish to avoid distracting from the important work of the agency,” Jackson said in a statement to MSNBC.

EPA has chosen Sam Coleman as the acting administrator for Region 6. In 2005, Coleman served as EPA's Senior Federal Official in New Orleans to guide the response to Hurricane Katrina.

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