Senator to place hold on McCarthy nomination to EPA


Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, said Monday that he will place a hold on Gina McCarthy’s nomination as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator, according to a report from Reuters.

Blunt said his hold on the McCarthy nomination would continue until President Barack Obama’s administration releases a timeline for releasing a draft environmental impact statement for the St. Johns Bayou and New Madrid Flood Project in Missouri. The administration missed a March 15 deadline on the project, according to the Reuters report.

Congressional sources told Reuters the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has not set a date for McCarthy’s hearing, but that the hearing would take place in April. Unless Blunt lifts his hold, however, McCarthy would need 60 votes to allow the nomination to move forward.

Reuters also reported the Senate Energy Committee said it would consider Ernest Moniz’s nomination to lead the U.S. Department of Energy, setting a hearing for April 9.

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