Will Gina McCarthy Really Visit West Virginia?
It must have been fate.
Three months to the day after first inviting EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to visit West Virginia's coal fields—and getting no official answer—West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin just happened to run into her in a Capitol Hill elevator today.
"I had a chance to talk with her, and asked 'Gina, can we get you to West Virginia?' And she says, she didn't hesitate, 'Sure, let's work on it,'" Manchin told National Journal after the chance encounter.
McCarthy's visit would be symbolically important given events like the recent coal rally have painted a polarizing picture of EPA's relationship with the coal industry.
But it's less polarizing behind closed doors, where McCarthy has hosted many meetings with the coal industry—and those meetings carry more substantive weight than any visit ever could.
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