"Coal To Stay Important in U.S. Energy Mix -- Environment Agency Pick"
"President Barack Obama's pick to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency told a Senate panel on Thursday that coal will remain important in the U.S. energy mix and that the EPA will be flexible in applying new pollution rules for coal-fired power plants."
"Gina McCarthy, EPA's assistant administrator for air and radiation, was questioned by Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on the agency's plans to roll out regulations soon to curb carbon emissions from power plants, blamed for contributing to global warming.
The Boston native is seeking confirmation by the Senate to replace Lisa Jackson, who resigned as EPA chief in February."
SEE ALSO:Source: Reuters, 04/12/2013