Regan: ‘The state of EPA is stronger than ever’

By Ellie Borst | 06/27/2024 04:29 PM EDT

The agency administrator thanked staff for getting significant rules across the finish line as concerns over a possible second Trump administration loom large.

EPA Administrator Michael Regan speaks at the University of Maryland last year.

EPA Administrator Michael Regan. Nathan Howard/AP

EPA Administrator Michael Regan on Thursday gave employees a rare, agencywide pep talk amid concerns over a possible second Trump administration.

“I know our future is bright, and the state of EPA is stronger than ever,” Regan said to an auditorium filled with hundreds of staffers.

He thanked employees for their hard work in getting numerous significant regulations across the finish line, including a landmark ban on one form of asbestos, completing the strictest-ever standards for coal and natural gas plant emissions and the first limits on “forever chemicals” in drinking water.


But the future for those victories — as well as employees’ job security — remains uncertain, as each major rule faces court battles or upheaval from a potential second term under former President Donald Trump.