Pork Industry Believes McCarthy Could Change EPA's Relationship with Hog Farmers

The National Pork Producers Council believes the Environmental Protection Agency needs a change in how it interacts with industries it regulates and how it is managed. The pork industry believes President Obama's nominee - Gina McCarthy - to be the new EPA Administrator would make that change happen. McCarthy has been EPA's Office of Air and Radiation Assistant Administrator for the past four-years. During that time - the staff has been professional, transparent and trustworthy - something stakeholders affected by the policies under that office have considered a breath of fresh air. While the pork industry hasn't always agreed with McCarthy - she was always willing to reach out and listen to pork producers' concerns and discuss solutions - according to NPPC President Randy Spronk. He says the pork industry is optimistic of a change from an us versus them culture in the EPA to one of us and them. Spronk says McCarthy has a genuine interest in learning about the pork industry and the challenges it faces - and it's promising to U.S. hog farmers that the new Administrator will treat them as partners - not adversaries.

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