Biden taps Janet McCabe to serve as deputy at EPA

January 15, 2021, 12:17PMANS Nuclear Cafe


The incoming Biden administration plans to appoint Janet McCabe to serve as deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, The Hill reported early Friday.

McCabe previously served as the acting assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation at the EPA for much of the Obama administration.

Background: While leading the EPA’s air office, McCabe helped develop the Clean Power Plan, one of President Obama’s signature efforts to reduce emissions from power plants that has since been tied up in court. McCabe currently works as director of the Environmental Resilience Institute at Indiana University and is a professor at the university's law school.

Nuclear’s role: The Clean Power Plan takes aim at combating global warming by reducing carbon emissions from electricity generation by 32 percent by 2030, relative to 2005 levels. One way to provide the amount of energy needed is to keep current nuclear power plants operating and to invest in advanced and small modular reactors now, according to a plan fact sheet on opportunities for nuclear power. The fact sheet states that “zero-carbon nuclear power will continue to play a prominent role in America’s energy mix” as part of the plan’s all-of-the-above energy strategy.

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