For Immediate Release
Leading public health group releases ad touting credentials of EPA nominee
APHA highlights McCarthy’s record on protecting kids' health
Washington, D.C., May 15, 2013 — The American Public Health Association released an ad today highlighting EPA nominee Gina McCarthy's decades-long record fighting for clean air and kids' health, and calling on the Senate to support her confirmation. McCarthy, whose confirmation has been delayed for weeks by members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, has been instrumental in the development of life-saving clean air standards while at EPA and during her time serving under five Republican governors at the state level. Expected to run in New Hampshire, Maine and the Washington, D.C., metro area after the nomination is voted on by the Senate EPW committee, the ad calls on senators to support McCarthy and stand up for the health of children.
The ad goes on to say, “Parents of asthmatic children will tell you there are good days, and bad days. The day Gina McCarthy becomes administrator of the EPA will be a good one because all the time she’s been fighting for cleaner and more breathable air, she’s been fighting for them.”
"Gina McCarthy has dedicated her career to protecting kids’ health and the health of us all, making her the obvious choice to lead EPA," said Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of APHA. "Her work developing and implementing strong, life-saving clean air standards has kept our children safe from the dirty pollution that leads to increases in asthma attacks, and other increased health risks. Our kids need a champion at EPA, which is why the Senate should confirm her nomination quickly."
As head of the EPA clean air department, McCarthy implemented several life saving clean air standards, including the pending Carbon Pollution Standard for new power plants, which will limit dangerous carbon pollution from one of the nation's largest polluters. Additionally, she was instrumental in developing the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (MATS), passed in 2011, which sets emission limits for power plants in order to reduce mercury, arsenic and other toxic air pollution emissions. The MATS rule is expected to prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths, 4,700 heart attacks and 130,000 asthma attacks every year — and is highly regarded among public health professionals.
Throughout her career, McCarthy has shown an ability to reach across the aisle and work with Republicans, Democrats, industry leaders and public interest advocates alike to develop pragmatic and cost effective safeguards that protect public health and are effectively implemented as well as broadly supported. At the federal, state and local levels, McCarthy has prioritized kids' health, while promoting investment in cleaner, safer energy technologies that grow the economy.
For more information on Gina McCarthy’s qualifications for EPA administrator, and to read more on her record as a public health champion, visit www.standwithgina.com.
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Founded in 1872, the APHA is the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world. The association aims to protect all Americans and their communities from preventable, serious health threats and strives to assure community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities and preventive health services are universally accessible in the United States. APHA represents a broad array of health providers, educators, environmentalists, policy-makers and health officials at all levels working both within and outside governmental organizations and educational institutions. More information is available at www.apha.org.