U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar Announces His Resignation

salazaFollowing the resignation of Ken Salazar, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), President Obama will have three major environmental positions to fill. Salazar is resigning as the head of the department responsible for the management and conservation of federal land and natural resources as well as administrating U.S. native peoples’ affairs. Salazar announced his resignation Wednesday.

Last month, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Lisa Jackson, and the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Jane Lubchenco, also announced their resignations.

All three are leaving for similar reasons, wishing to return to private life. Salazar will return to his home in Colorado.

“Colorado is and will always be my home. I look forward to returning to my family and Colorado after eight years in Washington, D.C.,” Secretary Salazar said in a DOI press release. “I am forever grateful to President Obama for his…

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