Pennsylvania environmental enforcement officer Lisa Miller said Monday she was concerned the state’s environmental protection agency was not taking climate change seriously enough.
Miller told reporters the agency needs to “stop ignoring” climate change and that it should have the “biggest impact possible” on the state.
She also said the state needs a “bigger picture” and a “new approach.”
Miller is the first member of the agency to step down in nearly a year.
A former Pennsylvania State Police sergeant, Miller had been in her position since December 2017.
She said she was not a climate change denier.
The agency was in the process of implementing an executive order called the Climate Action Plan, which is designed to address the impacts of climate change.
Miller said the agency was working with state and local governments to “build a better system of climate management and protect our environment” but said the “action plan hasn’t come together yet.”
The EPA was formed in 1972 as an arm of the Department of the Interior to address climate change, according to the agency’s website.
The agency is responsible for enforcing federal environmental laws and is the primary agency for enforcing environmental laws in the United States.
The EPA’s director is currently Steven Rein, who was confirmed by the Senate in February.