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Friday, December 20, 2013

Environment - President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts [Updated]

From a White House press release dated Dec. 19th:

WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts: * * *

Janet McCabe – Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation, Environmental Protection Agency * * *

Janet McCabe is the Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation at the Environmental Protection Agency, a position she has held since 2009. Previously, Ms. McCabe was Executive Director of Improving Kids’ Environment, Inc. and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Health at the Indiana University School of Medicine from 2005 to 2009. Ms. McCabe worked as Assistant Commissioner in the Office of Air Quality at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management from 1998 to 2005 and previously served as Branch Chief from 1993 to 1998. Ms. McCabe served as Assistant Attorney General for Environmental Protection for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1984 to 1989 and as Assistant Secretary for Environmental Impact Review from 1989 to 1993. From 1983 to 1984, Ms. McCabe was a law clerk for Justice Neil L. Lynch in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Ms. McCabe received an A.B. from Harvard College, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

[Updated Dec. 22, 2013] The Hill had a story Dec. 20th by Laura Barron-Lopez headed "Janet McCabe to get top EPA pollution regulator nod." Some quotes:
Obama intends to nominate McCabe as assistant administrator for the agency's Office of Air and Radiation, a post she has been occupying in the acting capacity.

McCabe has not been popular among House Republicans this year.

In November, she testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where she was met with a flurry of hostile questions from GOP lawmakers about the administration's proposed climate rules for new power plants.

Many green groups support McCabe, who has been with the EPA since 2009, and the work she has done as EPA's top air pollution regulator. * * *

McCabe will be responsible for helping move forward the controversial regulations proposed by the administration on coal-fired power plants and possible methane emission rules in 2014.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 20, 2013 11:19 AM
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