President Obama today nominated Gina McCarthy, who heads the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) air and radiation office, to be the agency’s next administrator. McCarthy is a former commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). She was nominated for that post by former Gov. M. Jodi Rell, and served as DEP commissioner from 2004 to 2009.

Both as DEP commissioner and as EPA official, McCarthy has been a frequent guest speaker at CBIA’s Environmental Policies Council (EPC). Most recently, she spoke at EPC’s 2012 Fall Meeting and Outing [in picture, above]. The EPC worked closely with McCarthy when she headed up the DEP (now the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection or DEEP).

McCarthy’s EPA nomination will require the confirmation of the U.S. Senate.

In a recent background article, the Wall Street Journal said:

While business groups generally see her as an EPA official they can work with, coal producers and owners of coal-fired power plants are worried about potential EPA greenhouse-gas rules.

Ms. McCarthy has led the EPA's clean-air division for the past four years and has pushed through some of Mr. Obama's most significant environmental rules, including higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars.