Last April, Jackson gathered a small band of managers to watch “The Simpsons Movie,” which in 2007 portrayed the EPA head as its main villain. In the movie, the agency head disastrously builds a dome over the fictional town of Springfield to contain its lake pollution and its residents.
The hurtful portrayal, Jackson said, highlights that citizens are nearing a point where they don’t trust the agency. Under her watch, the agency would never dome off a town. “No, we’re not going to do it to you, Springfield, wherever you might be,” she said.