US Senate confirms McCarthy as new EPA administrator

The US Senate has confirmed the nomination of Gina McCarthy as administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency by 59 to 40 votes. The July 18 action came after Republicans withdrew objections that had blocked the vote for months as part of a compromise with Democrats who threatened a filibuster overhaul attempt over prolonged nomination confirmation delays.

Oil and gas industry association officials had mixed reactions about McCarthy’s confirmation. American Petroleum Institute President Jack N. Gerard congratulated her, but noted that EPA has issued several unworkable proposals including new Tier 3 gasoline regulations, first-time carbon dioxide regulations, and new ozone standards that could halt business development nationwide.

But American Gas Association President Dave McCurdy said he and McCarthy have a constructive working relationship “based on open and honest dialogue that will continue as we work towards the shared goal of improving the data available on the environmental impact of natural gas.”

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