WASHINGTON, D.C. — Multiple media outlets are reporting that Joe Biden plans to nominate Michael Regan, the current Secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment Quality (NCDEQ), to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Governor Roy Cooper appointed Regan to his current post in 2017. As of this post, Regan is not yet listed among the appointees on Biden’s transition website.
According to Regan’s biography on the NCDEQ website, he is a Goldsboro native and has a bachelor’s degree in Earth and Environmental Science from N.C. Agricultural and Technical State University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from George Washington University. The website adds that Regan joined the Cooper administration after more than 18 years of professional experience focused on overcoming complex challenges through environmental advocacy and regulation. He served as the Associate Vice President of U.S. Climate and Energy and Southeast Regional Director of the Environmental Defense Fund, where he led the Environmental Defense Fund’s efforts to reduce the impacts of climate change and air quality pollution. He previously worked with the Environmental Protection Agency’s air quality and energy programs for the Clinton and Bush administrations. Regan has served on several boards and commissions, including the UNC School of Law Center for Climate, Energy, Environment and Economics, Green 2.0, N.C. Commission on Global Climate Change, the N.C. Energy Policy Council and the Executive Steering Committee of Envision Charlotte.