Regina McCarthy

EPA administrator nominee; Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Office of Air and Radiation (since June 2009)

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Why She Matters

McCarthy has been nominated by President Obama to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

Environmentalists applauded when Obama selected McCarthy to head the office in charge of keeping America's air clean. Nearly three decades of fighting pollution and climate change in Connecticut and Massachusetts made her a great fit to head the Office of Air and Radiation at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Moniz and McCarthy to throw first (and second?) pitch at Red Sox game

In honor of Earth Day, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will throw the first pitch(es) at Tuesday’s Red Sox-Yankees game.


EPA scales back biofuel mandate to reflect reality

The Obama administration is significantly reducing the amount of cellulosic biofuels refiners will have to prove they blended into gasoline last year, acknowledging that the market lagged far behind government projections.


EPA seeks more info on western Md., Superfund site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it wants to learn the extent of groundwater pollution from a Superfund site in Hagerstown.


White House remains fuzzy on the name of person who wore Easter bunny costume

(Matt McClain / The Washington Post)

At White House Easter Egg roll, the name of person in bunny costume remains fuzzy.


Bay Foundation: 2 amicus briefs back cleanup

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says more friend-of-the-court briefs have been filed in support of a massive restoration of the estuary.


Diamondbacks again hurt by mistakes in loss

(Paul Beaty / Associated Press)

Brandon McCarthy is concerned that there is too much negativity surrounding the Arizona Diamondbacks.


At a Glance

  • Career History: Administrator, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (2004 to 2009); Deputy Secretary of Operations, Massachusetts Office of Commonwealth Development (2003 to 2004); Assistant secretary of Pollution Prevention, Environmental Business and Technology for Massachusetts (1999 to 2003)
  • Hometown: Boston, Mass.
  • Alma Mater: University of Massachusetts at Boston, B.A. (Social Anthropology), 1976; Tufts University, joint M.S. (Environmental health Engineering / Planning and Policy)
  • Religion: Catholic
  • Office: Office of Air and RadiationUS EPA1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWWashington, DC 20760(866) 411-4372
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Path to Power

Raised Irish-Catholic, McCarthy grew up in the Dorchester neighborhood of South Boston before moving with her family to the southern suburb of Canton along with much of South Boston's Irish community.

McCarthy attended college close to home at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, where she earned a B.A. in social anthropology in 1976.

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The Issues

During her long tenure as a state pollution-prevention expert, McCarthy has worked on everything from brownfields redevelopment to mercury reduction to environmental technology. She has made great strides in cleaning up Long Island Sound and in preventing air pollution.

"People who are environmentally-friendly are not competing with growth," she wrote in 2004. "I'm not a tree hugger, I'm a people hugger, concerned with people's need for clean air and water."

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The Network

McCarthy worked in the administration of then-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R).

A Massachusetts native, McCarthy had the support of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), who testified on her behalf at her 2009 Senate confirmation hearing.

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Campaign Contributions

McCarthy contributed $1,000 to Barack Obama's presidential campaign in summer 2008.