Excerpt By: News & Observer. Written By: Bruce Henderson.
Gov. Roy Cooper’s pick to lead North Carolina’s environment department faces high public expectations but a potentially rocky path to confirmation by the state Senate.
Michael Regan was sworn into office Jan. 17. Republican-led legislators last month gave the Senate authority, for the first time, to approve the Democrat Cooper’s Cabinet appointments.
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If he’s confirmed, Regan will inherit a Department of Environmental Quality that businesses liked because it treated them like customers instead of adversaries under former Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration. Environmental advocates complain that DEQ was too chummy with the companies it polices, with fines and citations dropping, and hostile to opposing viewpoints.