Carbon removal groups push Senate to act fast on EPA water nominee

By Miranda Willson | 02/21/2024 01:32 PM EST

The next person to lead the office will have an important role in the burgeoning carbon removal industry, the groups said.

Radhika Fox.

Outgoing EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water Radhika Fox is pictured Oct. 20, 2021, on Capitol Hill. Francis Chung/POLITICO | Francis Chung/E&E News

This story was updated at 5:18 p.m. EST.
This story was updated at 5:18 p.m. EST.

Congress should swiftly confirm a nominee to replace EPA’s top water official, two groups focused on carbon dioxide removal said Tuesday.

Radhika Fox, assistant administrator for water, announced in January that she would leave after three years at the helm of the water office. Although the Biden administration has not nominated a replacement, it’s critical that the post be filled “expeditiously,” the groups said in a letter to lawmakers on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.


Signed by the Carbon Removal Alliance and Carbon180, the letter was sent to Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), who is chair of the committee, and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), the committee’s ranking member.