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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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EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy practices her Red Sox pitch

Will the administration’s top enviro throw a strike at Fenway?

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Jenny McCarthy announces engagement on ‘The View’

(ABC, Heidi Gutman / Associated Press)

Jenny McCarthy had big news to share Wednesday on “The View”: She’s engaged to Donnie Wahlberg.

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Court upholds EPA emission standards

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.

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Federal appeals court says EPA can force power plants to cut mercury emissions

A DC federal appeals court rejected challengers who said EPA rule was too costly and flawed.

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Court upholds EPA emission standards

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.

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Court upholds EPA emission standards

A federal appeals court has upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.

 
 

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.