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Senate confirms McCarthy as EPA chief

3:16 PM MDT | July 18, 2013 | Rebecca Coons

The Senate today voted 59-40 to confirm Gina McCarthy as US EPA head, ending a more than 4-month standoff over what Republicans claim is a lack of transparency and overreaching of authority by the EPA. Industry groups, which have largely supported President Obama’s nomination of McCarthy, congratulated McCarthy. "Gina McCarthy is well-qualified for her new role at EPA," says Lawrence D. Sloan, Socma’s President and CEO. "During her 25 years of service, she has had success working with business and industry leaders in a constructive...

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