Al Armendariz, the Environmental Protection Agency official who stirred controversy last week after a video circulated in which he declared that that the agency should “crucify” polluters as a deterrent, has resigned, saying he regrets his comments and does not want them to distract from the E.P.A.’s work.
Lisa P. Jackson, the E.P.A. administrator, immediately accepted Mr. Armendariz’s resignation.
“I respect the difficult decision he made and his wish to avoid distracting from the important work of the agency,” Ms. Jackson said in a statement. “We are all grateful for Dr. Armendariz’s service to EPA and to our nation.”
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UPDATE: As the Boston Globe notes, Armendariz was “the Obama administration’s top environmental official in the oil-rich South and Southwest region.” Although “Region VI administrator” sounds about as stereotypically useless a bureaucratic job as is humanly possible, it is nonetheless a fairly senior position — and a political appointment to boot. This was no mere overzealous low-level apparatchik.