Senate Confirms McCarthy as Next EPA Administrator

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

July 18, 2013

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Senate Confirms McCarthy as Next EPA Administrator

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Gina McCarthy as the next administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by a 59-40 vote.

The vote followed a 69-31 vote for closure on filibusters objecting to her nomination. The final vote fell primarily along party lines, with Democrats supporting the nomination and Republicans objecting.

In March President Barack Obama nominated McCarthy, assistant administrator of the EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. She will replace Lisa Jackson, who announced in late December that she would step down from the position.

Michael Brune, executive director of the San Francisco-based Sierra Club, said in a statement following the confirmation vote, “After dedicating her 25-year career to protecting our air and water, Gina McCarthy has a proven record of protecting American families and getting things done.  It’s no wonder she received bipartisan support from the Senate today.  We look forward to working with her continue the EPA’s vital work of protecting American families and holding polluters accountable.

With her nomination in March President Obama called McCarthy a “straight shooter,” at a press conference and said, “I’m sure she will do an outstanding job at the EPA.”

Sharon Kneiss, president and CEO of Washington-based Environmental Industry Associations (EIA), said in a statement at the time of the nomination, “We look forward to partnering with government when appropriate to continue our efforts to increase recovery of recycled and compostable materials, increase the amount of sustainable energy that we produce, and make our trucks more energy efficient.”



About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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