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McCabe Confirmed as EPA Deputy Admin

Monday, May 3, 2021

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The U.S. Senate voted 52-42 last week to confirm Janet McCabe as deputy chief of the Environmental Protection Agency.

According to The Hill, Republican Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Chuck Grassley (Iowa) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) joined most Democrats to vote for her nomination. Sen. Joe Manchin (West Virginia) was the only Democrat to vote against McCabe’s confirmation.

“Janet McCabe is exactly the leader that Administrator Michael Regan and the EPA need right now,” Senate Environment Committee Chair Tom Carper (D-Delaware) said on the Senate floor ahead of the vote. “Janet McCabe is a steady hand who has built a 30-year career of leadership in environmental protection.”

McCabe is the Director of the Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute and a professor of practice at the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law at IUPUI.

However, McCabe most notably served as acting assistant administrator in the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation during the Obama administration, where she worked on the Clean Power Plan, which aimed at reducing the carbon emissions of power plants.

This work was reportedly a point of contention at her hearing in March.

“Do you believe that the EPA has the authority to ... regulate a power plant’s carbon dioxide emissions outside the fence line as the Clean Power Plan did?” asked member Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia) at the time.

“The Clean Power Plan was one of the most important and impactful rules that we worked on during the Obama administration,” McCabe replied. “We’ve never had a legal ruling on that very question and certainly we would not have put that rule forward if we did not believe we were acting within the four corners of the Clean Air Act.”

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Michael Regan, the new EPA Administrator, was confirmed in early March and sworn into his post on March 11. The Senate voted 66-34 to confirm Regan, who was introduced by North Carolina’s two Republican senators. In Regan’s immediate agenda are Biden’s executive orders to set goals for zero emissions from power plants by 205, a revamp of vehicle efficiency standards and regulations on emissions from oil and gas operations.

At his hearing, he stressed that he will work with every state to ensure their concerns about the transition, particularly in regard to clean energy, are heard.

Prior to his nomination, Regan served as the Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality where he led the development and implementation of North Carolina's plan to address climate change and transition the state to a clean energy economy.

While there, he secured the largest coal ash clean-up in United States history. In addition, he established North Carolina's first-of-its-kind Environmental Justice and Equity Advisory board to better align social inequities, environmental protection and community empowerment.

Before that, Regan was a national program manager at the EPA, responsible for designing strategic solutions with industry and corporate stakeholders to reduce air pollution, improve energy efficiency and address climate change.

Regan is a native of Goldsboro, North Carolina, and is a graduate of the North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, making him the first EPA Administrator to have graduated from a Historically Black College and University. He earned a master's degree in Public Administration from The George Washington University.


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