Despite looming environmental crises, new EPA administrator sees hopeful future for New England

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The Environmental Protection Agency, or the EPA as we know it, was created in 1970 by President Nixon. The mission was this: "to protect human health by safeguarding the air we breathe, water we drink and land on which we live."

In the more than 50 years since that goal was set, the task of protecting our environment has gone from challenging, to outright unmanageable.

We're facing global climate change, rising sea-levels, air pollution, plastic absolutely everywhere, and the list goes on.

So, when you're in charge of upholding that mission, where do you even start?

Last month, President Biden appointed David Cash as Regional Administrator for Region 1 of the EPA which includes Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and 10 Tribal Nations. David joins us to talk about his new role and his hope for the future.

This segment aired on March 8, 2022.

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