Biden Picks Michael Regan, NC Environment Chief, to Head E.P.A.

“Mr. Regan, if confirmed, will take over an agency central to achieving the new administration’s climate agenda.”

“WASHINGTON — President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has selected Michael S. Regan, North Carolina’s top environmental regulator, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Mr. Biden’s transition team announced Thursday. The decision elevates for the first time a Black man to lead the powerful department, which is central to achieving the new administration’s climate change agenda.

Mr. Regan was not the president-elect’s first choice, and he lacks some of the political star power of Mr. Biden’s other cabinet picks. But he will be on the front lines of the incoming administration’s effort to undo one of President Trump’s most sprawling transformations of the federal government: the unraveling of a half-century of pollution and climate regulations, and the diminishment of the science that underpinned them.

“He faces a massive reconstruction and rebuilding operation,” said Jody Freeman, a Harvard University law professor who served as White House counselor for energy and climate change in the Obama administration.”

Lisa Friedman reports for the New York Times December 17, 2020.

SEE ALSO:

“Biden Picks Top North Carolina Environmental Official To Run EPA” (Washington Post)

“Biden’s EPA Pick Has Experience Lifting A Discouraged Agency” (Roll Call)

“Biden Chooses N.C. Environmental Chief To Head EPA” (North Carolina Health News)