EPA Chief Whitman Resigns Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christie Whitman announces her resignation, saying she wants to return to New Jersey and spend more time with her family. Her resignation is effective June 27th. Early in her tenure, Whitman was involved in a series of disputes with the White House, but lately she has supported the president's controversial plans to revise the nation's air and water pollution laws. Business groups and environmentalists gave her mixed reviews. Hear NPR's John Nielsen.