Margo Oge, Key EPA Auto Regulator, Retires image

Margo Oge, director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, announced she is retiring.

After more than 30 years at EPA and 18 in the air quality office, Margo Oge, 63, the US official who led the writing of the law according to which automakers have to double vehicle fuel economy by 2025, announced her retirement. Oge said she will retire at the end of September.

“I feel it’s time to start a new chapter,” Oge wrote in an e-mail to EPA employees. “I haven’t decided on exactly what yet — first I want to catch my breath and share time with my family — then dive into new challenges in the new year.”

Margo Oge was the one who came in front of the Congress to present and convince the officials of the importance of her agency’s support for allowing cars’ gasoline contain as much as 15% ethanol, a proposal which was quickly rejected by the auto-industry groups. Oge’s agency also made history by setting America’s first greenhouse gas standards for cars and commercial trucks. On August 28th, the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration made public the final version of the fuel-economy rule, which will help consumers save $451 billion in fuel costs.