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Senate confirms McCarthy as head of EPA

From the July 22, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published July 22, 2013

By Robert Varela
Editorial Director

The Senate on July 18 confirmed Gina McCarthy as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. As EPA assistant administrator for air and radiation for the past four years, she oversaw the development of major power plant regulations, including the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, greenhouse gas rules and the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (which was overturned by a federal appeals court). 

McCarthy "has earned a reputation as a straight shooter" and she welcomes different points of view, President Obama said when he nominated her. Prior to joining the EPA, she served as the commissioner of what was then known as the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection under Republican Gov. Jodi Rell. Before that, she served under then-Gov. Mitt Romney as undersecretary of policy at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.


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