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Obama to Nominate Gina McCarthy to Head EPA

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Lauds President’s Choice

March 4, 2013 (Washington, DC) — Today, President Obama is expected to nominate Gina McCarthy to be the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). McCarthy will succeed Lisa Jackson, who headed EPA during Obama’s first term. EPA oversees numerous programs regulating toxic chemical products, and has acknowledged the need for long overdue legislative reforms that would give it the ability to protect Americans from hidden dangers in consumer products.

Andy Igrejas, director of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families released this statement in response to the reports:

“The president has chosen a strong health and environment professional to lead the agency. We expect her to continue Jackson’s mission of restoring EPA to its historic role as one of the premier public health agencies in the world.

“The chemical industry and its allies in Congress will certainly continue to try to impede the EPA’s important work, but McCarthy should take heart that the agency enjoys broad bipartisan support from regular people. If she focuses on that, and not the beltway noise machine, she will be successful.”