The Obama-era Environmental Protection Agency chief who became notorious in Alaska for insulting a jar of Alaskan moose meat given to her as a gift, has been named the president and CEO of the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Gina McCarthy will take over the 3-million member organization, where she will oversee a $151.6 million budget. Her salary and fringe benefit package was not disclosed.
In 2013, McCarthy traveled through Bristol Bay to further develop her plans to block the Pebble project, when she was given a jar of moose meet by the wife of the first chief of the Curyung Tribal Council. The moose meat was the from the first kill of a young boy from the tribe.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal later that year, McCarthy described the meat as something that “could gag a maggot.”
The moose meat was from the first kill of a young boy from Chief Thomas Tilden’s tribe.
Under McCarthy’s administration at the EPA, the agency tried to block the permitting application of the Pebble Project in Western Alaska, by using a provision that prevented the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from issuing any permits for the mine.
The EPA’s actions were later challenged by Pebble, and the agency ultimately settled rather than face Pebble in court. The settlement allowed the Pebble Limited Partnership to apply for a Clean Water Act permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.