Friday, January 30, 2015

Inquirer Letters Extra: EPA nominee good for Pa.

Partisan politics should be set aside, and Gina McCarthy's confirmation to head the environmental agency should move forward.

Inquirer Letters Extra: EPA nominee good for Pa.

Gina McCarthy said climate change would be a key focus.
Gina McCarthy said climate change would be a key focus.

In March, President Obama nominated Gina McCarthy to be the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and she now awaits confirmation from the Senate. Washington leaders should keep their eye on the ball and stick to issues that matter during confirmation hearings, and not get bogged down by discussions of "secret government e-mail addresses" that were used to promote efficiency ("Tofu? ToWhit? Senators discuss EPA e-mail aliases," April 11).

McCarthy has been a dedicated nonpartisan professional under five different Republican governors, in addition to her leadership of EPA's clean-air division during Obama's first term. Partisan politics should be set aside, and McCarthy's confirmation should move forward.

The nominee's extensive accomplishments at the EPA illustrate her ability to understand the needs of states like Pennsylvania. McCarthy instituted the first-ever national limits on mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants. These new standards are estimated to prevent up to 530 premature deaths in this state, while creating up to $4.4 billion in health benefits by 2016. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee should quickly vote to approve McCarthy's nomination.

Saleem Chapman, Philadelphia

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