As anticipated in a previous posting, President Obama has formally nominated Gina McCarthy to be the next Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. McCarthy brings to the position notable experience at both the state and federal levels. She joined EPA in 2009, and currently serves as Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation. Prior to joining EPA, she served as Director of state environmental agencies in both Connecticut and Massachusetts, the latter in the administration of former governor Mitt Romney. Her background in working for both Democrat and Republican administrations has given her a reputation of being fair minded and willing to listen to the views of all those affected by EPA policies and regulations.
In her role as Chief of EPA’s Air Programs, she supervised the development of regulations for new coal-fired power plants. As a part of the administration’s expected emphasis on global warming, McCarthy is expected, if confirmed, to lead an effort by the Agency to develop additional rules related to greenhouse gases emitted from existing power plants. This and other initiatives and various views on McCarthy’s nomination are discussed here.
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