FOE Statement on the appointment of Michael Regan to head the EPA

WASHINGTON, D.C.- In response to reports that President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate Michael Regan to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Friends of the Earth’s Senior Fossil Fuels Campaigner and a recognized leader in the environmental justice movement nationwide, Donna Chavis, issued the following statement: 

While we are disappointed that Secretary Regan will likely be nominated as EPA Administrator by President-elect Biden, we are prepared to work with the Agency and the Biden Administration on policies that support a healthy and just world. Because the environmental and climate challenges that we face are immense and escalating, the EPA has to do more than simply regain lost ground; the agency has to forge a whole new path. This moment requires strong, visionary leadership rooted in environmental justice principles and practices. While Secretary Regan has not always followed all avenues in support of or on behalf of communities who face disproportionate and cumulative environmental impacts, we look forward to working with the new administration on advancing policies and practices that are aligned with environmental justice principles.

Chavis works and organizes in North Carolina, where Regan has been secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality since 2017.

Communications Contact: Kaela Bamberger, [email protected], 202-222-0703

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