Republicans grill Regan, targeting water, climate and EV rules

By Kevin Bogardus | 05/01/2024 06:32 AM EDT

House lawmakers questioned the EPA administrator on a host of hot-button issues at a hearing Tuesday.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan

EPA Administrator Michael Regan at a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing Tuesday. Francis Chung/POLITICO

EPA administrator Michael Regan on Tuesday defended his agency’s regulatory drive this spring, which in the past week has included a host of new power plant standards designed to reduce air, climate and water pollution.

He also tangled with Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.), while separately fielding questions about Inflation Reduction Act funding and “forever chemicals” on farms.

Regan at one point called a question from a Republican on child labor and EVs “ridiculous.”


Here are some takeaways from the administrator’s appearance before the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee.