|Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency|
|Elections and appointments|
|Nominated||March 4, 2013|
|Confirmed||July 18, 2013|
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|Assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency Office of Air and Radiation|
|Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection|
|Deputy secretary of operations for the Massachusetts Office of Commonwealth Development|
|Bachelor's||University of Massachusetts at Boston|
|Place of birth||Dorchester, Massachusetts|
She previously served as the Assistant Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency Office of Air and Radiation.
McCarthy was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, and served under five Massachusetts governors in her political career. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Boston before earning her Master's degree at Tufts University.
Below is an abbreviated outline of McCarthy's academic, professional and political career:
- 1999-2003: Assistant Secretary of Pollution Prevention, Environmental Business and Technology for the State of Massachusetts
- 2003-2004: Deputy Secretary of Operations for the Massachusetts Office of Commonwealth Development
- 2004-2009: Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
- 2009-2013: Assistant Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency Office of Air and Radiation
- 2013-Present: Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
|Gina McCarthy confirmation vote, July 18, 2013|
|Party||Votes for||Votes against||Total votes|
EPA administrator initiatives
Water rights rule
The EPA proposed a rule, as part of the Clean Water Act, that would allow the agency to determine which bodies of water is regulated by the federal government. The House passed legislation with a 262-152 vote to stop the EPA from being able to make rules regarding the Clean Water Act. Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) commented on the EPA's proposal, saying, "I have heard from many of my constituents that this rule would force them to prove that large mud puddles and ditches on their property are not federally regulated waters." On the other hand, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) wrote it off, stating, "We have departed from reality." Thirty-five democrats broke ranks to vote in support of the bill, while one Republican, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), went against the grain and voted against its passage.
The White House acknowledged that a veto would be used if the bill were to pass the Senate. A White House statement to House leaders read, "Clarifying the scope of the [Clean Water Act] helps to protect clean water, safeguard public health, and strengthen the economy."
Climate change in schools
McCarthy urged on August 8, 2014, that climate change should be taught in U.S. public schools, claiming, "I think part of the challenge of explaining climate change is that it requires a level of science and a level of forward thinking and you’ve got to teach that to kids."
Carbon cap executive order
On June 2, 2014, President Barack Obama signed an executive order intended to cut carbon pollution in the United States by 30% of 2005 levels by 2030. The order allowed states to individually determine which policies would be more effective for them to reach their goals. A similar bill was debated by Congress during Obama's first term in office, but it failed to pass. Obama used powers established by the 1970 Clean Air Act to sign the executive order. Legal challenges were expected to arise over the 645 page order. EPA Administrator McCarthy said of the rule, "This is not just about disappearing polar bears or melting ice caps. This is about protecting our health and our homes. This is about protecting local economies and jobs."
President Obama gave the EPA until June 2015 to finalize the rule and states have until June 2016 to submit their plans, but the EPA pushed the deadline for states back to 2017 for those working individually and 2018 for those working together on plans.
Coal plants were most likely to be hit the hardest with estimates in the hundreds of the nation's 6,000 plants that would be shut down by 2030. The Chamber of Commerce estimated that the new rule could result in a lowering of the gross domestic product (GDP) by as much as $50 billion annually.
The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) president spoke out against the action, suggesting 75,000 jobs could be lost by 2020. He stated, "The proposed rule … will lead to long-term and irreversible job losses for thousands of coal miners, electrical workers, utility workers, boilermakers, railroad workers and others without achieving any significant reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions." Additionally, Democratic lawmakers and candidates in coal-driven states have come out in opposition to the president's plan. Those lawmakers include: Alison Lundergan Grimes, Natalie Tennant and Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV).
McCarthy is married with three children.
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- Huffinton Post, "Senate approves Obama-pick McCarthy to head EPA," July 18, 2013
- Chicago Tribune, "Senate votes to move forward on Gina McCarthy EPA nomination," July 18, 2013 (dead link)
- About.com, "Gina McCarthy bio," accessed July 18, 2013
- GovTrack, "On the Nomination PN192: Regina McCarthy, of Massachusetts, to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency," July 18, 2013
- The Hill, "House passes bill to halt EPA water rule," September 9, 2014
- GovTrack, "H.R. 5078: Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014," September 9, 2014
- The Hill, "White House threatens to veto bill to kill EPA water rule," September 8, 2014
- The Hill, "EPA chief: Teach climate change in schools," August 8, 2014
- New York Times, "Obama to Take Action to Slash Coal Pollution," June 1, 2014
- USA Today, "EPA seeks 30% cut in power plant carbon emissions by 2030," June 2, 2014
- Fox News, "Unions slam Obama EPA rule," June 3, 2014
- New York Times, "Democrats in Coal Country Run From E.P.A.," June 2, 2014
- Huffington Post, "Biographical Information for Gina McCarthy," March 4, 2013
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