"EPA: Retirements, Confirmation Fights Create High-Level Vacancies"

"If U.S. EPA air chief Gina McCarthy is eventually confirmed as agency administrator, the Office of Air and Radiation will join four other agency offices that have no permanent, Senate-confirmed leaders."

"There are no confirmed administrators for the offices of water, chemical safety and pollution prevention, the chief financial officer, and the general counsel. Nancy Stoner, the acting assistant administrator for water, has served in that capacity for more than two years since the nomination of Ken Kopocis was halted by Senate Republicans opposed to the agency's handling of the Clean Water Act.

McCarthy is a veteran of the confirmation wars. She was confirmed for the air post in 2009 after Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) released his administrative hold over EPA's plans to regulate greenhouse gases and is now blocked by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) over a missed deadline to an environmental impact statement for a federal water project in his home state. Meanwhile, Republicans on the Environment and Public Works Committee are boycotting a committee vote on her confirmation."

Jean Chemnick reports for Greenwire May 15, 2013.

Source: Greenwire, 05/16/2013