Congratulations Gina McCarthy, Our New U.S. EPA Administrator

Senators Blumenthal and Murphy lead support in Senate confirmation of former CT DEP chief as EPA Administrator

Environment Connecticut

Hartford, CT — The U.S. Senate today confirmed Gina McCarthy as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The confirmation came just weeks after President Obama instructed EPA to cut carbon pollution from power plants as part of his plan to fight global warming. Chris Phelps of Environment Connecticut, issued the following statement in response:

“Gina McCarthy’s confirmation is long-awaited good news and a point of pride for Connecticut where she served with distinction for many years as Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection.

“Ms. McCarthy’s stellar work under both Republican and Democratic governors in Connecticut and Massachusetts, coupled with her track record at EPA proves that when it comes to protecting our families’ health and environment, it isn’t about which party or who you work for. It’s about whether you can get the job done. Gina McCarthy can get the job done.

“Working with a variety of stakeholders over the past four years, Ms. McCarthy was integral to several historic initiatives, including new federal clean car standards that represent the biggest step the U.S. has ever taken to get off oil and tackle global warming; the first-ever federal limits on mercury pollution from power plants; and the first-ever proposed federal limits on carbon pollution from new power plants.  

“I know that Ms. McCarthy will continue to put her professionalism and commitment to work developing solutions to the formidable environmental challenges we still face.

“There is much that remains to be done. In the next three years, we’re counting on EPA to finalize carbon limits for new and existing power plants — the largest sources of global warming pollution — as outlined in President Obama’s recently announced Climate Action Plan. In addition EPA must secure protections for all our waterways, ensuring safe drinking water for 117 million Americans, limiting pollution from development and factory farms. EPA must deal with the tremendous health and environmental threats from fracking and move ahead with other much-needed environmental initiatives.

“I thank Senators Blumenthal and Murphy for their advocacy in support of Gina McCarthy’s appointment. They know first hand from her time in Connecticut that she has what it takes to be an outstanding administrator of the EPA.

“Environment Connecticut looks forward to working with EPA and its new chief to address our most pressing environmental challenges.”