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New EPA chief to deliver first speech at Harvard

July 30, 2013

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy is planning to make her first public speech since being confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

EPA official say McCarthy will discuss her vision for the agency during comments she’s scheduled to deliver Tuesday at Harvard Law School.

Officials said McCarthy is also planning to outline her commitment to carrying out President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution and address the impacts of climate change.

McCarthy has worked in the environmental policy field for more than two decades, including heading EPA’s air pollution office since 2009.

Her past experience includes serving as commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. She also worked as an environmental adviser for Mitt Romney when he was Massachusetts governor.

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey both supported McCarthy’s nomination.

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