EPA Swears in New Deputy Administrator

EPA Swears in New Deputy Administrator

Janet McCabe serves as the 16th Deputy Administrator of the EPA.

Janet McCabe was sworn in April 29, 2021 as the 16th Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). According to a press release, McCabe committed to fulfilling the agency’s mission of protecting human health, the environment and supporting the work of EPA’s scientists, regional teams, environmental justice leaders and people who support the agency.

“I am thrilled to welcome Deputy Administrator Janet McCabe back to EPA and I look forward to working with her to further the agency’s mission to protect human health and the environment,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “Her experience, leadership, and dedication to the agency’s mission is unquestionable and her commitment to uplifting our partnership with states and Tribes will be fundamental to achieving progress, overcoming complex challenges, and delivering for the American people.”

McCabe previously worked under former President Barack Obama as Acting Assistant Administrator and Principal Deputy to the Assistant Administrator in the Office of Air and Radiation. Prior to rejoining EPA, McCabe was a Professor of Practice at the Indiana University McKinney School of Law as well as the Director of the IU Environmental Resilience Institute.

"I am humbled that President Biden has entrusted me to serve as Deputy Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at this critical moment in our country's history," said Deputy Administrator Janet McCabe. "It is an honor to return to the agency and to work alongside Administrator Regan, the incredibly talented career team, and our many external partners, including the states and Tribes, to protect our water, air and land, and improve the health of American families, especially those living in environmental justice communities, and our environment.”

McCabe spent time working for state environmental agencies over the course of her career with a focus on the Clean Air Act, she served as the Executive Director of Improving Kids’ Environment, Inc, as well.

According to the press release, McCabe knows firsthand through her experiences that programs like these improve public health and protect the environment.

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