Portland, Maine â Maine’s major environmental organizations today called on Senators Susan Collins and Angus King to publicly endorse Gina McCarthy to be the next EPA Administrator, following a boycott of her confirmation vote yesterday by Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
“Maine’s U.S. senators should help put an end to the political games by backing this highly qualified nominee who has an impressive track record improving air quality to protect people’s health and our environment,” said Environment Maine Director Emily Figdor.
McCarthy has worked for five Republican Governors, including Jodi Rell of Connecticut and Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, before joining the Obama administration as the head of the clean air division. She has answered more than 1,000 questions from committee Republicans during the confirmation process.
“McCarthy has brought environmental and business interests together and delivered cleaner air and water, under Republican and Democratic administrations alike. McCarthy is eminently qualified to protect the country’s environment,” said Lisa Pohlmann, Executive Director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine.
McCarthy most recently led the EPA’s development of historic clean air protections, including the first ever proposed carbon pollution standards for new power plants, the first carbon limits for vehicles, and lifesaving updates of standards that limit deadly soot, mercury and other toxic pollution.
“In Gina McCarthy, the president has made another outstanding choice to lead the EPA as it continues to work to protect our air, our water and our climate. McCarthy’s nomination reinforces President Obama’s intention to adopt scientific solutions to public health, environmental, and climate challenges,” said Glen Brand, Sierra Club Maine Director.
The Senate easily confirmed McCarthy by a voice vote in 2009 to head the clean air division of EPA.