National Grid president urges confirmation of McCarthy as EPA head

July 16, 2013

WALTHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, National Grid USA President Tom King issued the following statement:

“Gina McCarthy is an excellent choice for EPA administrator. We have worked extensively with her in her previous post at EPA and have always found her to be tough but fair, committed to improving the environment, guided by science and able to implement programs essential to protecting the environment that also support economic growth. Ms. McCarthy’s scientific background, regulatory expertise and ability to broker compromise among competing agendas make her the right person to affect positive environmental change at the national level.”

About National Grid

National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE:NGG) is a leading electricity and gas company that connects consumers to energy sources through its networks. The company is at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society — to create new, sustainable energy solutions for the future and developing an energy system that underpins economic prosperity in the 21st century.

In the northeast US, we connect more than seven million natural gas and electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles. National Grid delivers electricity to more than 3 million customers in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island and is the largest distributor of natural gas in northeast U.S., serving more than 3 million customers in New England and New York. It manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation, providing power to over one million LIPA customers

In Great Britain, National Grid runs the natural gas and electricity systems upon which society is built, delivering energy across the country.

(Note: McCarthy’s nomination to head EPA has been blocked for weeks by a Republican filibuster in the Senate that could be lifted with threatened changes by Democrats in the filibuster rules.)