Regan brushes off departure questions

By Kevin Bogardus | 04/25/2024 04:16 PM EDT

On the heels of announcing the Biden administration’s sweeping rules targeting power plants, the EPA administrator says he’s still enjoying his job and has more to do.

EPA Administrator Michael Regan.

EPA Administrator Michael Regan announces final standards to reduce pollution from power plants during an event at Howard University on Thursday in Washington. Kevin Wolf/AP

EPA Administrator Michael Regan said Thursday he still has a job to do at his agency, paramount in the Biden administration’s push for fighting climate change and aiding disadvantaged communities.

Speaking at Howard University, Regan announced a suite of EPA regulations targeting power plants that will reduce greenhouse gas and mercury emissions as well as limit wastewater pollution and clean up coal ash disposal sites.

The rules cap off years of staff work at the agency and will serve as a cornerstone for President Joe Biden’s environmental agenda as he woos younger, climate-minded voters for his upcoming reelection bid. They come amid a barrage of regulations being finalized by EPA and other agencies in recent weeks as the end of Biden’s first term approaches.


With the election in sight, some top-level officials have already exited the administration. Yet, it doesn’t appear the EPA administrator will be among those departing soon.