McCarthy was confirmed by the Senate on a bipartisan basis in 2009 to her role as Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. Prior to her role at the EPA, McCarthy worked as Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, and as Governor Mitt Romney’s energy and climate advisor in Massachusetts. Gina McCarthy has served in federal and state government for over 25 years, and has earned the trust of environmental advocates and industry leaders as a fair and competent public servant.
Most noteworthy are the historic clean air standards that McCarthy designed and implemented as the head of the EPA’s air program, which include:
Setting the First-Ever Mercury and Air Toxics Standards
The Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (MATS), passed in 2011, sets emission limits for power plants in order to reduce mercury, arsenic and other toxic air pollution . The MATS rule is expected to prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths, 4,700 heart attacks and 130,000 asthma attacks every year—and is highly regarded among public health professionals.
Establishing Historic Carbon Pollution Standards for New Vehicles
EPA’s carbon pollution standards, issued jointly with the Transportation Department’s fuel economy standards, will save American families over $1.7 trillion at the pump—nearly $8,000 in fuel savings per vehicle. The standards will nearly double the fuel economy of new cars and light trucks by 2025 and cut carbon pollution of vehicles in half by 2025, while reducing our reliance on foreign oil imports.
Proposed the First National Limits on Carbon Pollution from New Power Plants
Power plants are the nation’s largest source of dangerous carbon pollution. In March 2012 EPA proposed the Carbon Pollution Standard for new power plants. It is a critical step towards cleaning up and modernizing our power plant fleet. Each new plant will need to meet a specified emissions rate that is technically feasible and economically reasonable.