WASHINGTON — A West Virginia senator in committee on Tuesday voted against the administration’s nominee to be the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
“While I appreciate his willingness to visit West Virginia and assurances for transparency, Secretary Regan has not committed to a different policy course than Gina McCarthy took during the Obama administration,” Capito said.
Regan is secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.
“Let me be clear: my decision today is not a personal one. Mr. Regan is a professional and affable gentleman. However, I remain deeply concerned about unaccountable climate czars in the White House and their control over EPA and environmental policy,” Capito said. “Secretary Regan did not rule out a return to the Clean Power Plan. He would not say whether EPA would again claim overreaching authority to force states to shift electricity generation sources. He could not rule out a return to the Obama administration’s 2015 WOTUS (Waters of the United States) rule or something similar. Without clear commitments to oppose policies that would economically devastate West Virginia again, I cannot support him.”