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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Former DEP Commissioner Back In Connecticut


The keynote luncheon speaker at Wednesday's Connecticut Business & Industry Association energy conference was former Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Gina McCarthy.


McCarthy was selected in March by President Barack Obama to serve as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation. McCarthy took over as head of the Connecticut DEP at the end of 2004.
She was appointed when Arthur Rocque Jr. retired after it became apparent that Gov. M. Jodi Rell would not re-appoint him to continue to lead the agency, which was facing state and federal criminal investigations at the time.
McCarthy said much of this year, the first under the new president, has been spent reworking more than 20 regulations that were put forth by former President George W. Bush's EPA. The courts, she said, have overturned the regulations because they are not legal.
McCarthy told business leaders who attended the CBIA conference that Connecticut was the place she learned that environmental regulators "need to work really closely with utilities."

"It's about doing environmental regulation that helps grow the economy and doesn't put people out of work," McCarthy said.

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