Why Isn’t Smart-Growth Pioneer Gina McCarthy Running the EPA Yet?

Jun 15th, 2013 | By | Category: Featured Story

It’s been six months since Lisa Jackson announced she was stepping down as chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, but there’s still no replacement. President Obama nominated Gina McCarthy to be Jackson’s successor in early March, and the Senate EPW Committee confirmed the nomination almost a month ago – albeit by a party-line vote of 10-8.

Gina McCarthy will infuse the EPA with a smart growth ethic — if Republicans ever let her nomination proceed to a vote.

Committee Republicans boycotted her confirmation hearing but submitted an astounding quantity of questions for her to answer – more than a thousand of them, almost two-thirds from Ranking Member David Vitter. She responded to every single one, but Vitter still claims that the EPA is withholding information. He said this week he’ll delay the vote until the EPA can provide justification for some of its regulations.

For more on this story, visit: Why Isn’t Smart-Growth Pioneer Gina McCarthy Running the EPA Yet? | Streetsblog Capitol Hill.

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