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EPA Announces Appointment of Regional Administrator
Kentucky Ag Connection - 11/22/2021

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael S. Regan announced that President Biden will appoint three new Regional Administrators to lead EPA's work protecting human health and the environment in their respective regional offices.

Daniel Blackman will become EPA's Regional Administrator for Region 4. Blackman will lead the implementation of the Biden-Harris environmental agenda in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and with six Tribes.

"Daniel brings deep experience in the region that will be an asset as we work to confront issues in overburdened and underserved communities, ensure public health protections for all, and make progress on our critical climate change goals," said Regan. "I'm excited to have him working with us."

"I am honored to play a critical role in President Biden and Administrator Regan's ambitious commitment to combat the climate crisis, reduce pollution, and to ensure more Americans can participate fully and equally in our economy. This includes bringing accountability and transparency throughout the region and working to fulfill President Biden's environmental justice commitments," said Blackman.

Blackman has spent over a decade advising policymakers at the Georgia state capitol?and advocating on behalf of Georgia ratepayers and small businesses in energy-related matters before the state's Public Service Commission.?He served as chairman of the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club and board member for the ACLU. Blackman has worked throughout EPA Region 4 to secure environmental, health, and economic justice and to convene stakeholders with federal agencies. His work in addressing groundwater contamination at nuclear plants and its impact on public health and safety has given him the opportunity to testify numerous times before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; and his commitment to working throughout the Southeastern United States to push for legislation that addresses toxic ash left behind from burning coal has given him the opportunity to play a key role in the transitioning from coal to clean energy in the United States.

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