Ethanol industry reacts positively to news of new head of EPA

By Holly Jessen | March 04, 2013

President Barack Obama nominated a new administrator of the U.S. EPA March 4. Gina McCarthy, current assistant administrator for the EPA’s office of air and radiation, is on deck as the next head of EPA, replacing Lisa Jackson.

The ethanol industry reacted swiftly and positively. Brian Jennings, executive vice president of the American Coalition for Ethanol indicated that McCarthy’s appointment demonstrated the President’s “continued commitment to ethanol and other renewable fuels.”

Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, said McCarthy was a strong supporter of biofuels and Growth Energy looked forward to working with her. “President Obama has made an outstanding choice in his decision to nominate Gina McCarthy to be the next Administrator of the EPA,” he said.

The Renewable Fuels Association said it considered McCarthy to be a solid choice for the position. “She is knowledgeable, willing to listen, and straight-forward,” said Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of RFA. “She knows the EPA inside and out and has typically approached challenges with a common-sense determination to resolve them in a timely manner.”

Brooke Coleman, executive director of the Advanced Ethanol Council, said McCarthy was a perfect choice. “Her reputation as a doer with a deep understanding of the mechanics of critical air and energy regulations is well-earned,” he said. “She has been very engaged on the development of the cellulosic biofuels industry and the administration of the Renewable Fuel Standard.”

Obama also announced his pick for the next secretary of the U.S. DOE. On tap for that job is Ernest Moniz, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor and Director of the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment.