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November 18, 2016 3:10 PM, EST

EPA Chief Gina McCarthy to Discuss Obama’s Environmental Legacy

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The Obama administration’s record on environmental and public health will be the focus of EPA chief Gina McCarthy's talk at the National Press Club on Nov. 21.

During McCarthy's time as EPA administrator, the agency hit Volkswagen with penalties for misrepresenting their emissions claims.



The agency also moved forward with a rule designed to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse-gas emissions from heavy- and medium-duty trucks. That rule will take effect in two months, federal regulators announced Oct. 25. EPA worked with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to craft the rule.

Environmental groups argue that President-elect Donald Trump’s plans for the environment would undermine Obama's 2013 Climate Action Plan and initiatives meant to minimize greenhouse-gas emissions.

Trump campaigned on a platform to remove or relax environmental regulations. Specifically, he pledged to increase access to federal lands for companies seeking to drill for oil and gas.

The Press Club event is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.