President-Elect Obama Nominates a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager(R) (CHMM(R)) as Next EPA Administrator

Lisa P. Jackson, CHMM, Former New Jersey Environmental Commissioner, Tabbed for Post

BETHESDA, Md. and ROCKVILLE, Md., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ –President-elect Barack Obama has nominated Lisa P. Jackson, a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager(R) (CHMM(R)), for the top post at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Jackson most recently served as the commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection where she managed a staff of 3,400 professionals and programs to protect, sustain and enhance the state’s water, air and land resources.

As the EPA administrator nominee the U.S. Senate must confirm Jackson before she assumes the position in the Obama Administration.

“This nomination places a huge amount of trust in Lisa, her professionalism and her professional training provided through the CHMM certification program,” said Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers (ACHMM) President Michael J. Mandracchia, CHMM, who worked for Jackson at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

“We are extremely proud of Lisa for being the nominee for the EPA administrator post and prouder still that she, like many of the 4,000 members of ACHMM, is a holder of the Certified Hazardous Materials Manager credential,” continued Mandracchia. “If confirmed by the Senate Lisa will do a tremendous job for the people of the country just as she did for the citizens of New Jersey.”

The CHMM credential, which is administered by the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM), is the standard of excellence within the hazardous materials management community. The CHMM credential recognizes those professionals who have demonstrated superior competency, knowledge and expertise in hazardous materials management.

ACHMM members are environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) professionals who are highly experienced in protecting the public and ensuring that the environment is sustainable for future generations. These professionals work in such critical areas as air pollution control, clean up and disposal of hazardous materials, emergency planning and response, environmental impact, environmental compliance, hazardous waste management, safety management, waste minimization and pollution prevention, water pollution control and many other interrelated fields.

At the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection the Essentials of Hazardous Materials Management (EHMM) course is an integral part of the agency’s cross-training and hazardous materials education programs.

More than 200 federal, state and local government employees have taken the EHMM course offered by the NJDEP, either for cross-training or to prepare for the CHMM exam. As a result, nearly 50 current agency employees have earned the CHMM designation after successfully completing the challenging credentialing exam. Jackson took the EHMM course to prepare for the CHMM exam, a move that illustrates her commitment to the profession and her recognition of the quality of the course.

Prior to being nominated by New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D) to lead the state’s environmental oversight agency, Jackson led the department’s land use management program. She joined the agency in 2002 as assistant commissioner of compliance and enforcement and led groundbreaking compliance sweeps in Camden and Paterson.

Before moving to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Jackson worked for 16 years in the EPA’s Superfund Program developing key hazardous waste cleanup regulations, overseeing hazardous waste cleanup programs and directing multimillion-dollar cleanup operations.

Jackson was the keynote speaker at the 2006 ACHMM National Conference in Orlando, Fla.

About ACHMM

ACHMM (www.achmm.org) is a nonprofit organization that fosters the professional development of its members through educational programs, peer group interaction and recognition of the Certified Hazardous Materials Managers(R) (CHMM(R)) credential as the standard of excellence in the industry. ACHMM is made up of more than 56 chapters in 37 states and more than 4,000 hazardous materials managers residing throughout the world.

About IHMM

IHMM (www.ihmm.org) protects the public’s health and safety through the administration of credentials recognizing professionals who have demonstrated a high level of knowledge, expertise and excellence in the management of hazardous materials. More than 12,000 homeland security, environmental protection, engineering, health sciences, transportation, and public safety professionals have earned IHMM’s accredited Certified Hazardous Materials Managers(R) (CHMM(R)) credential. IHMM also administers the Certified Hazardous Materials Practitioner (CHMP) credential and the Hazardous Materials Manager-in-Training (HMMT) program for the government, private and corporate sectors.

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