Meet EPA Secretary nominee Gina McCarthy

On behalf of Rock Palermo of Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC posted in Environmental Law on May 21, 2013.

Late last week, a Senate committee voted to send the nomination of Gina McCarthy, President Obama's choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, to the full Senate.

If McCarthy receives favorable votes from 2/3 of senators, she will lead the largest and most powerful environmental law agency in the country.

We are telling our Louisiana readers about McCarthy because, as environmental attorneys, we believe that environmental matters are important and citizens should know who is (or might be) enforcing air, water and pollution-control regulations.

McCarthy has had a long career in public service. She currently works in the EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. Prior to that, she worked for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs and the Massachusetts Office of Commonwealth Development.

McCarthy is often praised for being practical, pragmatic and focused on end goals.

So far, Congressional Republicans have expressed concerns about McCarthy's nomination. Generally speaking, they worry that the EPA will enact or enforce regulations that are too hard for businesses to comply with and will lead to economic withering. McCarthy and other EPA officials have made concessions in an attempt to soothe these fears, such as agreeing to create a panel to advise the EPA on economic consequences of its decisions, but it seems those steps have not quite solved the issue yet.

because we see this as an important public issue, we will keep an eye on it going forward and will write a follow-up post if there are any noteworthy or interesting developments.

Source: Washington Post, "Senate committee approves Obama's nomination of Gina McCarthy to head EPA," Lenny Bernstein, May 16, 2031

Tags: Environmental Law

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