Comments of NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson on the Nomination of Gina McCarthy as EPA Administrator

Arlington, VA, March 4, 2013 — Speaking on behalf of the more than 900 electric cooperative utilities and their 42 million electric consumers, Jo Ann Emerson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association had the following comments on the nomination of Gina McCarthy to serve as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

NRECA respects Gina McCarthy both for her willingness to engage in a substantive debate and her willingness to reach out to electric cooperatives to gain an understanding of our concerns on clean air issues. Speaking on behalf of the 42 million consumer-owners served by electric co-ops nationwide, NRECA urges Ms. McCarthy to continue to reach out to all constituencies to ensure that the Agency understands the impact its regulations have on the electricity bills of rural electric cooperative consumer-owners. NRECA looks forward to working with Ms. McCarthy as the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, if she is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, to ensure that environmental policies are scientifically sound, cost-effective and balance the interests of the consumers and protection of the environment.

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.