Midwest EPA union responds to appointment of Debra Shore as Regional Administrator (Chicago, IL) — Following is a statement from Nicole Cantello, President of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 704, the union representing 1000 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) employees in six states across the Midwest, on the appointment of Debra Shore to the position of Region 5 EPA Administrator:
“With Debra Shore’s appointment as Regional Administrator here in the Great Lakes, we are looking forward to getting down to work on the issues unique to the Midwest and Great Lakes region. We are glad to have this appointment filled so that we can move forward with the urgent issues that face the region. We also thank our former colleague and strong ally Micah Ragland, who was also in the running for Regional Administrator and who we endorsed as our choice to lead the Region, for being willing to step forward as a candidate. We are grateful that Micah has committed to remain a bold voice for racial and environmental justice in Region 5.
“We are hopeful that a new day is dawning at EPA. We had four dark years under the Trump administration, from the erasure of climate change action, to outright attacks on the working conditions of EPA employees that imperiled our ability to protect the Great Lakes, and that hurt frontline communities. We renew our firm commitment to the principles we fought for during those four years. We are hopeful that Administrator Shore will stand with us in rebuilding Region 5, as we continue protecting the precious environmental resources of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and 35 tribes here in Region 5.”
Midwest EPA union responds to appointment of Debra Shore as Regional Administrator