Then there were the wildly expensive mercury rules - all 1,117 pages of them - for power plants, that are supposed to save lives and make everyone healthier.
The Wall Street Journal reported that 99.99 percent of the purported benefits came from double-counting pollution reductions that current rules already address.
In her spare time, Jackson made it harder for coal operators to get mine permits, especially for mountaintop removal. When Arch Coal fought back over the EPA's decision to revoke a permit for the Spruce #1 mine in Logan County, a judge ruled in Arch's favor, calling the EPA's logic "magical thinking."
Meantime, Jackson maintained a bureaucratic smugness. Even West Virginia Congressman Nick Rahall, who has a history of working with the EPA, found himself shut out.
The president, in accepting Jackson's resignation, said the EPA had made "historic progress."
That depends on your definition of the word "progress."
The Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign reports that in the last three years, no ground has been broken for any new coal-fired power plants, 13 proposed coal plants have been abandoned, and 126 plants have announced they are shutting down.
If that's a ship sailing in the right direction, then America will have to be satisfied with an energy policy that's wildly off course.
Kercheval is host of TalkLine, broadcast by the MetroNews Statewide Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The show can be heard locally on WCHS 580 AM.