Reports: Gina McCarthy to head EPA

Gina McCarthy will be President Barack Obama’s pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency as its head administrator, according to reports.

McCarthy, assistant administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Air and Radiation since 2009, has not confirmed press reports that she will be appointed next week.

If nominated by the president, McCarthy will face questions from members of Congress at Senate appointment hearings. She would then replace Lisa Jackson who announced her departure December 27, 2012. EPA deputy administrator Bob Perciasepe has been named the EPA’s acting administrator in the interim.

A native of Boston, McCarthy came to Washington after serving as the top state environmental regulator in Massachusetts and Connecticut under Democratic and Republican governors.

She was as environmental policy adviser to then-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and launched the state’s first Climate Protection Action Plan. Romney was Obama’s opponent in the 2012 elections and the two sparred frequently over energy policy.

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