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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Jul 18, 2013 6:46 PM Flag

    McCarthy Confirmation to Lead EPA Clears Way for Rules

    McCarthy Confirmation to Lead EPA Clears Way for Rules

    By Mark Drajem - Jul 18, 2013 1:54 PM MT

    Gina McCarthy won U.S. Senate confirmation as head of the Environmental Protection Agency and carry out President Barack Obama’s agenda to adopt measures aimed at reducing air pollution and fighting climate change.

    McCarthy, the agency’s assistant administrator, directed EPA rulemaking in Obama’s first term, forcing coal-fired power plants to curb mercury emissions, imposing new standards on boilers in hospitals and paper mills and setting limits on pollution from cement plants. She’ll be charged with implementing those measures now, as well as writing the first rules limiting carbon emissions from power plants.

    McCarthy, 59, is a 25-year veteran of state and local government in New England, where she worked for Republicans including former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. McCarthy was confirmed 59-40 today.

    “She’s worked for four Republican governors and the last Republican candidate for president,” Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee told reporters. “We’re not likely to get a Democratic head of the Environmental Protection Agency who’s got a record any better than that.”

    With a strong Boston accent, short shock of white hair and disarming sense of humor, McCarthy won the praise of both environmental groups, which largely support the administration’s efforts, and industry groups, which have fought them.

    ‘Directness, Openness’

    “What many in industry appreciate about her style is her directness and openness to engagement with the regulated community,” Scott Segal, a lawyer representing power producers and oil refiners at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, said when she was nominated in March. While utilities or coal producers may object to the overall regulation, “McCarthy listens and allows for the possibility of midcourse corrections,” he said.

    McCarthy takes over an agency that Republicans have criticized over pollution limits that they say will c

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