EPA Romney Called ‘Out of Control’ is Staffed by Former Key Advisor

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Smog in Los Angeles.

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney don’t agree on much, except maybe Gina McCarthy’s qualifications as an environmental adviser.

McCarthy, who is now EPA’s assistant administrator for air quality, also worked for Romney as a top environmental advisor during his tenure as the Republican governor of Massachusetts.

Today, McCarthy announced new standards for soot that she said would protect public health from a “serious pollutant” linked to heart attacks strokes and respiratory ailments. Her old boss may not approve. Romney has called the EPA out of control, and said its regulatory proposals were threatening job growth.

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