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Biden Plans to Tap Top NC Environmental Regulator to Lead EPA

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate Michael Regan, North Carolina's top environmental regulator, to head the Environmental Protection Agency, according to three sources with knowledge of the discussions.
If confirmed, Regan would be the first Black man to run the EPA and would become one of the key players in Biden's sweeping agenda to fight climate change by bringing the U.S. economy to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
His nomination would end a competitive contest to be named the nation's top environmental regulator that included California's environmental chief Mary Nichols, who had been seen as the front-runner for her efforts to fight climate change by curbing power and transport emissions in her state.
The Biden team had become concerned, however, that a climate fighter from left-leaning California could have a hard time getting confirmed in a politically-divided Senate, and that Regan would be less controversial, one of the sources said.
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