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McGinty removes name from EPA short list

Former PA DEP Secretary Kathleen McGinty has removed herself from the short list of candidates for EPA administrator in the Obama administration, citing family issues.

At least one former high-ranking Pennsylvania state official won't be heading to Washington next month.

Kathleen McGinty, a former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and a high-level environmental official in the Clinton White House, has removed her name from the short list for EPA administrator in the Obama administration, according to close associates.

McGinty, of Philadelphia, told associates that she decided not to pursue the post because of serious illnesses in her family and the demands of raising three young daughters. McGinty founded Peregrine Technology Partners, a firm focusing on promoting clean energy technology, after resigning as DEP secretary earlier this year.

Another top regional environmental official, though, remains a widely reported front runner for EPA chief. Lisa Jackson, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection since 2006, has served as cochair of President-elect Barack Obama's transition team for energy and natural resources. Previously, Jackson had worked at the EPA for 16 years.

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