WASHINGTON—The U.S. Senate on April 27 voted to confirm Janet McCabe as deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), who will play a key role in implementing the Biden administration’s plans to halve U.S. greenhouse gas emissions below 2005 levels over the next decade.
The Senate voted 52-42, mostly along party lines, to approve her nomination.
McCabe, an attorney and professor, was a top EPA air policy official in the Obama administration and served as an environmental regulator in Indiana. She was an architect of Obama’s Clean Power Plan, the country’s first regulations targeting carbon emissions from power plants.
She will support EPA Administrator Michael Regan as the agency seeks to propose new regulations to replace the Clean Power Plan, revise greenhouse gas emissions standards for vehicles, and tackle a host of other key pollutants with a focus on protecting low-income and minority communities that tend to suffer the biggest impact from air and water pollution.
“Her dedication and know-how will be invaluable in protecting clean air and clean water, addressing the climate crisis, and realizing environmental justice for the most vulnerable among us,” Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), chair of the Senate environment committee, said in a statement.
McCabe won support from Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, but Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia voted against her.
Costs for the natural gas pipe could rise another 5% to $5.7 billion.
EQM Midstream Partners LP has told U.S. federal regulators the company would stop some work on its long-delayed Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to Virginia as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reviews a couple of permits.
The 303-mile pipeline is designed to deliver 2 billion cubic feet per day of gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia to consumers in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast.