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AGRIBUSINESS: Pork Industry Says McCarthy Could Change EPA’s, Hog Farmer’s Relationship

Posted on: 6:29 am, March 19, 2013, by , updated on: 08:23am, March 19, 2013

The National Pork Producers Council says it thinks the Environmental Protection Agency needs a change in how it interacts with industries it regulates and how it is managed. and thinks President Obama’s nominee, Gina McCarthy, could be the new EPA Administrator to bridge the gap between industry and regulator.

McCarthy has been EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation Assistant Administrator for the past four-years and while the pork industry hasn’t always agreed with McCarthy, she has historically been willing to hear pork producers’ concerns.

That’s according to NPPC President Randy Spronk, who says the pork industry is optimistic of a change from an “us versus them” culture in the EPA to one where U.S. hog farmers view the new Administrator as a partner, not an adversary.