Obama nominates McCarthy to lead the EPA

By Erin Voegele | March 04, 2013

President Obama has nominated Gina McCarthy as U.S. EPA administrator. McCarthy currently serves as assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. If confirmed, she would replace former Administrator Lisa Jackson, who announced her resignation in December. In Jackson’s absence, Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe is also serving as acting administrator.

Bob Cleaves, president and CEO of the Biomass Power Association, has issued a statement noting his organization’s support of McCarthy’s nomination. “Biomass Power Association fully supports the nomination of Gina McCarthy as EPA administrator,” he said. “Throughout her career, Ms. McCarthy has demonstrated the fair-mindedness, professionalism and collegiality that will lead her to excel as EPA administrator.”

Cleaves also noted that in her current position, McCarthy has consistently shown respect for the needs of business prosperity while also making improved public health a priority. The also has an understanding of the relationships between state and federal regulations, and understands the importance of biomass energy.

“Gina McCarthy understands the important role that biomass plays for our nation as a sustainable energy resource,” Cleaves continued. “Biomass Power Association endorses her nomination and looks forward to working with her.”

The Advanced Biofuels Association has also spoken out in support of McCarthy’s nomination. “Ms. McCarthy over the last four years has demonstrated her ability to lead regulatory efforts on a number of areas including Advanced Biofuels,” said Michael McAdams, president of the ABFA.

Obama has also nominated MIT professor Erne Moniz as Secretary of Energy.