ON July 18, the Senate confirmed Gina McCarthy to be the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency by a vote of 59-40.
The vote was mostly split along party lines, although one Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.), voted no, while five Republicans voted in favor of the nomination.
Sen. Roy Blunt (R., Mo.) had earlier put a hold on her nomination due to concerns over a floodway project in his state.
During her nomination hearing, McCarthy, who held the number-two post under previous EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, said she recognizes that there is a deteriorating relationship between farmers/ranchers and EPA.
"The agency has bridges to build with the farming community," McCarthy told senators at the hearing, adding that she looks forward to working with members to change that relationship.
The ethanol industry has approved of McCarthy's nomination due to her support of the renewable fuel standard.
In February, as assistant administrator, McCarthy described her excitement about the future of cellulosic biofuels during a climate event held by Georgetown Law, where she told attendees that issuing a renewable identification number for cellulosic biofuels was a "personal milestone," according to Politico.
Tom Buis, chief executive officer of Growth Energy, said, "McCarthy is extremely qualified and is known for her willingness to always examine issues with a fair and open-minded approach. I know that she will continue to serve as a leader and advocate for advancing the renewable fuel standard and other important domestic energy policies."