Washington, D.C. — As the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held its confirmation hearing for Gina McCarthy, President Obama’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Anna Aurilio, Director of Environment America’s D.C. office, issued the following statement in response:
“Gina McCarthy’s stellar record of winning real results for our environment and public health—under both Republican and Democratic administrations—makes her an excellent pick to be the next head of EPA. Because when it comes to protecting our health and environment, it isn’t about who you work for or what party you represent. It’s about whether you can get the job done, and Gina McCarthy has proven she can get the job done.
“There’s still a lot of work to do. We’re counting on the EPA to move ahead with carbon limits for new and existing power plants, the largest sources of global warming pollution. We also look forward to working with the EPA to secure protections for all our waterways from the pollution currently endangering drinking water for more than 117 million Americans.
“I urge our senators to support Gina McCarthy’s nomination so that we can get back to work tackling our most urgent environmental and public health challenges.”