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2 with ties to Mass. nominated for Obama cabinet

March 4, 2013 GMT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has nominated two people with strong ties to the Boston area to run the Energy Department and Environmental Protection Agency.

Obama on Monday promoted current EPA official Gina McCarthy to lead the agency and MIT scientist Ernest Moniz to run the Energy Department.

The 68-year-old Moniz oversees MIT’s Energy Initiative, a research group that focuses on innovative ways to produce power while curbing greenhouse gas emissions. He also served as the Energy Department’s undersecretary in the Clinton administration.

McCarthy is a champion and a 25-year veteran of environmental policy and politics with degrees from UMass-Boston and Tufts.

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Among her past bosses is former Massachusetts governor and Obama’s Republican presidential opponent Mitt Romney.

All nominees must be confirmed by the Senate.