In a 59 to 40 vote, the Senate confirmed Gina McCarthy as EPA administrator. McCarthy, who previously served as the head of the EPA’s air and radiation office, has shown a commitment to address global warming as well as curb other pollutants like mercury and soot.
The Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, President of Interfaith Power and Light, said “[McCarthy’s] appointment is great news for Americans’ health and environment, and for the implementation of the president’s climate plan.”
“As Assistant Administrator for EPA’s office of Air and Radiation, Mc. McCarthy led the development of some of the EPA’s strongest safeguards, including carbon pollution standards for power plants, the first carbon limits for vehicles, and lifesaving updates of standards that limit soot, mercury, and air toxics” she continued. “IPL and its 40 affiliates look forward to working with her.”