Regan, Republicans spar on power plant rules, carbon capture

By Kevin Bogardus | 05/08/2024 01:39 PM EDT

The EPA administrator defended his agency’s rally to reduce climate pollution during a hearing Wednesday.

Michael Regan.

EPA Administrator Michael Regan appeared Wednesday on Capitol Hill. J. Scott Applewhite/AP

EPA Administrator Michael Regan sparred with angry Republican senators about the agency’s new suite of power plant standards, homing in on its push to curb global warming emissions.

Regan appeared before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Wednesday. There to discuss EPA’s proposed fiscal 2025 budget request, the administrator spent much of his time rebutting criticism of the agency’s regulations.

Last month, EPA finalized long-anticipated rules targeting power plants’ air, climate and water pollution. Those were chief among the concerns raised by ranking member Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.).


“This is round two of the Obama administration’s war on coal, except the Biden administration is issuing even more regulations at an even greater cost than President Obama did,” said Capito.