Regan to clash with House Oversight Republicans

By Kevin Bogardus | 07/08/2024 06:38 AM EDT

The EPA administrator’s first appearance before the committee follows his agency’s regulatory drive and Supreme Court decisions restricting its powers.

EPA Administrator Michael Regan.

EPA Administrator Michael Regan speaking to employees in June. Jose Luis Magana/AP

EPA Administrator Michael Regan will square off with Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week after his agency’s rally to finalize several major rules.

Regan will testify before the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, which has a wide jurisdiction to probe every part of the federal government. It will be his first appearance before the panel that was originally scheduled last month but postponed to this Wednesday.

The administrator will likely have to defend a number of regulations EPA wrapped up this spring dealing with climate change, water pollution and toxic chemicals. The hearing also comes after Supreme Court decisions that will limit the agency’s rulemaking powers.


Democratic lawmakers and allies in the environmental movement have backed EPA’s aggressive drive to complete rules. Their GOP counterparts in Congress and business associations have protested many of those regulations.