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Biden picks top North Carolina environmental official to run EPA

Posted by [email protected] on Dec. 18, 2020     

By Brady DennisSteven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin

Dec. 17, 2020 at 1:21 p.m. CST

President-elect Joe Biden will nominate Michael S. Regan, who heads the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, as the next Environmental Protection Agency administrator, according to two people who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the decision has not yet been formally announced.

Regan, 44, would be the first Black man to run the EPA.

He would play a central role in realizing Biden’s promises to combat climate change, embrace green energy and address environmental racism. He also would be responsible for crafting fuel-efficiency standards for the nation’s cars and trucks, overseeing emissions from power plants and oil and gas facilities, and cleaning up the country’s most polluted sites.

In the past four years, the Trump administration has reversed or weakened more than 130 environmental protections and regulations, according to a Washington Post analysis, with plans to target nearly a dozen more by mid-January. Those rollbacks include scaling back automobile fuel-efficiency standards and emissions limits for coal-burning plants, as well as lifting Obama-era limits on methane released from new oil and gas wells.

Many senior rank-and-file EPA employees clashed with Trump’s political appointees, and a number retired rather than continue to work at the agency. There are now 14,222 full- and part-time permanent employees at the EPA, according to the agency, nearly 300 fewer than when President Trump took office.

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