Sen. Carper Praises Confirmation Of Epa Clean Air Administrator

WASHINGTON – Delaware Sen. Tom Carper, chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Power, issued the following statement today on the confirmation of Regina McCarthy to be the Assistant Administrator For Clean Air at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), who was approved by the Senate today:

“Gina McCarthy takes office not long after every major Bush Administration clean air regulation has been thrown out by the courts. As a result, the EPA must now write several new major clean air regulations in a short amount of time.

“Although Ms. McCarthy has a tough road ahead, her experience and achievements prove she will rise to the challenge. She has shown true leadership in Connecticut and Massachusetts implementing a multi-pollutant approach to clean up the air in those states. 

“I am confident Gina McCarthy will build alliances, work closely with Congress, and put our country back on a path toward cleaner, healthier air.

“I look forward to working with her as Congress tackles clean air problems in the months and years ahead. I will especially be looking to her for guidance as we write a three-pollutant bill that regulates dirty power plant pollution – SOx, NOx and mercury.”