Biden selects Michael Regan, North Carolina environmental chief, to head EPA
President-elect Joe Biden has offered the leadership of the Environmental Protection Agency to Michael Regan, a North Carolina regulator who’s made a name pursuing cleanups of industrial toxins and helping low-income and minority communities hit hardest by pollution.
If confirmed by the Senate, Regan, 44, would be the first Black man to head the agency. He would be just the second Black EPA chief in history, following Lisa Jackson, who held the job during President Barack Obama’s first term in office.
Regan is head of North Carolina’s environmental agency. He was one of several contenders whose name emerged only in recent days. Biden’s pick was confirmed Thursday by two people familiar with the selection process. They were not authorized the discuss the matter publicly before the official announcement and spoke on condition of anonymity. Regan is known for negotiating clean-ups of industrial pollution and working on environmental justice issues.