"Gina McCarthy’s confirmation to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency puts the former Republican aide in charge of developing wide-ranging climate-change rules that business group oppose."
"McCarthy, as the agency’s assistant administrator, had directed clean-air rulemaking in President Barack Obama’s first term, forcing coal-fired power plants to curb mercury emissions, imposing new standards on boilers in paper mills and setting limits on pollution from cement plants. She will write the first rules limiting carbon emissions from power plants.
'Gina’s confirmation and experience bring greater certainty to the agency at this critical time,' Tom Kuhn, president of the Edison Electric Institute, a Washington-based group representing utilities, said in a statement after the 59-40 vote yesterday. 'Gina has a keen understanding of the challenges facing our industry, and we have had a long and constructive relationship.'"
"Senate Approves Gina McCarthy To Head EPA" (AP)