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Gina McCarthy picked to head EPA

United States – Following an intense four-month debate between Democrats and Republicans, Gina McCarthy has secured a 59-40 Senate vote in favour of her serving as the next head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

McCarthy was previously head of the EPA’s air quality and radiation department and is known for her close involvement with a recycling industry which regards her largely as a ‘tough but fair’ individual. An important moment in her career was in 2007 when she led a successful legislative push to pass an e-scrap producer responsibility law in Connecticut that called on manufacturers to handle the collection and safe management of their end-of-life products.

It was also with McCarthy’s help that the nation’s Product Stewardship Institute was founded. This Boston-based non-profit organisation works with industry leaders, government officials and environmental groups to reduce the health and environmental impacts of consumer products.

‘Proven leader’

US president Barack Obama has commented: ‘Gina is a proven leader who knows how to build bi-partisan support for common-sense environmental solutions that protect the health and safety of our kids while promoting economic growth.’

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