Former CT DEP chief takes fire for the EPA

Former Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (when it was still called that) chief Gina McCarthy has gotten herself onto a hot seat for the Environmental Protection Agency where she’s hung her hat during the Obama administration as the EPA’s assistant administrator of the Office of Air and Radiation.

Politico reports that McCarthy had to answer for some ongoing griping about transparency and the difficulty journalists have had trying to speak to EPA scientists.

The Washington-based national political news organization quoted McCarthy during a panel discussion Tuesday held by the Union of Concerned Scientists: “There is no question that EPA carefully manages EPA’s business, which means that not everybody has the credibility within the agency to speak to everything going on within the agency.”

Interestingly, McCarthy as DEP commissioner, tended to make herself available to the media, and wasn’t especially known for mincing words.