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For Immediate Release

Erin Fitzgerald,

Earthjustice Statement on Michael Regan's Nomination for EPA Administrator

After four years of climate and science denial, Regan will play a crucial role in bringing EPA back.


President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Michael S. Regan, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A former associate vice president for clean energy and Southeast regional director at the Environmental Defense Fund, Regan also served under the Environmental Protection Agency's air quality and energy programs for the Clinton and Bush administrations.

The following is a statement from Earthjustice President Abigail Dillen:

"Michael Regan has dedicated his career to environmental work, advancing clean energy, fighting climate change, and addressing coal ash pollution. As EPA Administrator, Regan will play a key role in solving the climate crisis and protecting the health of all communities. We will do everything in our power to support and push Regan to repair the damage done by the Trump administration, take bold action on climate solutions, and genuinely address environmental injustice that has been allowed to go on too long. Now more than ever, the federal government must tackle the climate crisis and fix environmental policies that systematically target and disadvantage the most vulnerable. No community can be left behind as we recover and transform our country in the face of climate change, Covid-19, racial injustice, and growing economic inequality."

Earthjustice is a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth, and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment. We bring about far-reaching change by enforcing and strengthening environmental laws on behalf of hundreds of organizations, coalitions and communities.