Over the first five months of the new administration, EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan has sent nine messages to EPA employees regarding transparency and maintaining the public trust. The messages to EPA employees are compiled on to a single EPA webpage under the About EPA heading. The messages to EPA employees cover the following topics:
The messages appear to be designed to distance the current administration from the former on many of the issues that defined the Trump administration and to address the August 2020 recommendations of the Environmental Protection Network (EPN) in Resetting the course of EPA. The EPN is a bipartisan network of more than 500 former EPA career employees and political appointees across the country who served under multiple Democratic and Republican administration.
The messages to EPA employees provide valuable insight into the direction of the EPA under the Bidden administration and are being used as a springboard for advancing EPA initiatives such as strengthening environmental justice through cleanup reforms.
Published in the August 2021 Focus on the Environment.
George H. Colvin is a hydrogeologist with over 30 years of consulting experience. Much of his experience has focused on RCRA Corrective Action, RCRA closure, and groundwater investigation, monitoring, and cleanup. He holds a BS in Geology from Ohio University and MS in geology and hydrology from Vanderbilt University. He is a Certified Professional Geologist with the American Institute of Professional Geologists, a registered geologist in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee, and a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager.