The Hill

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) isn’t outright naming her top choice to run the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

But her description of a preferred candidate fits Gina McCarthy, EPA’s top air pollution regulator, very, very nicely.

McCarthy, the agency’s assistant administrator for air and radiation, is believed to be among the top candidates for nomination to replace outgoing EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.

Boxer, whose committee will vet the eventual nominee, told reporters Tuesday that "there is someone I really like very much, who I hope is being considered, who is a deputy now."

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