The Environmental Protection Agency's assistant administrator for air and radiation, Gina McCarthy, is considered the president's top choice to succeed Lisa Jackson as the agency's administrator, according to this article. McCarthy worked for more than two decades as a Massachusetts health and environmental-protection official before serving as Connecticut's environmental department chief. If nominated, McCarthy would likely be a fair and pragmatic administrator, observers say, but she could face stiff opposition during her confirmation hearing from GOP members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

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