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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Jul 29, 2013 9:24 AM Flag

    EPA’s McCarthy: No ‘war on coal,’ and no comment on Keystone

    EPA’s McCarthy: No ‘war on coal,’ and no comment on Keystone

    Ben Geman - 07/29/13 08:41 AM ET

    The New York Times scored an interview with recently confirmed Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy.

    Some highlights:

    McCarthy disputed claims by Republicans and coal-state Democrats that EPA has it in for the coal industry.

    “We don’t have a war on coal,” she said. “We’re doing our business, which is to reduce pollution. We’re following the law.”

    EPA in recent years has churned out rules that impose new requirements on coal-fired power plants, and there’s more to come, including planned carbon emissions standards.

    Elsewhere, McCarthy refused to wade publicly into the battle over the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline. From the Times write-up of the interview:

    She declined to take a position on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, even though the E.P.A. has submitted two harsh critiques of the environmental impact statements produced by the State Department, which must rule on the pipeline project because it would span the border with Canada.

    “That’s a matter for the Department of State, and I’m going to leave it there,” she said.

    President Obama, in a separate Times interview published over the weekend, was chattier on the topic.

    McCarthy also weighed in on EPA’s messaging efforts, describes her discussions with Obama on climate change, and more. Click here for the story.


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