U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement today on the nomination of Gina McCarthy to become Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
"President Obama has nominated a qualified, proven leader to head the Environmental Protection Agency, and she should be confirmed without delay. At the helm of the EPA's Office of Air and Radiation, Ms. McCarthy has already overseen the implementation of landmark new clean air standards, and American families would benefit tremendously from her leading the entire agency.
"Working with the EPA to reform our broken toxic chemical laws and reduce the threats posed to our health by toxic chemicals found in everyday, household products is among my top priorities. In New Jersey, we face difficult environmental challenges and I will keep fighting to ensure that polluters pay to clean up Superfund Sites and that we prioritize keeping our air, beaches, and water resources clean and safe.
"Under the leadership of Lisa Jackson, the Obama Administration EPA has been a strong partner in helping to provide a cleaner environment in New Jersey and around the country, and I know that Ms. McCarthy will continue that mission to protect our environment and health. The Senate should move forward immediately on Gina McCarthy's confirmation so that the EPA has the permanent leadership it needs to move us forward."
Senator Lautenberg is the leader in Congress to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and provide the EPA with the authority to protect Americans from harmful chemicals. Lautenberg plans to reintroduce TSCA reform legislation in the coming weeks. Lautenberg has been working to reform TSCA since 2005, and his Safe Chemicals Act was approved by the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee last year.