Former Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection commissioner Gina McCarthy has been chosen by President Obama to become the next administrator for the federal Environmental Protection Agency, replacing Lisa Jackson.

At a White House announcment this morning, Obama cited McCarthy’s work in her native Massachusetts as well as Connecticut for his decision.

McCarthy currently runs the EPA’s air and radiation office.  McCarthy was commissioner of what now is the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection from 2004 to 2009, serving under former Governor Jodi Rell.

Governor Dannel Malloy in a statement says McCarthy was key in moderninzing the Department during her time here.


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