W. Michael McCabe

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W. Michael McCabe is an American policy advisor specializing in environmental and energy policy. He had previously served as a Regional Administrator, and later Deputy Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, being the only person in the Agency's history to serve as both.


McCabe graduated from Duke University in 1974, dual majoring in political science and sociology. He was secretary of the Student Union, and served on the Major Attractions and Major Speakers committees.[1]

McCabe first served as a policy advisor to Gary Hart's successful 1974 Senate campaign. From 1975 to 1976, McCabe served as legislative assistant to the Senator, specializing in environmental and energy policy, including the promotion of energy efficiency and renewable energy. From 1976 to 1979, he also served as Staff Director of the bipartisan Congressional Environmental and Energy Study Conference. In 1980, McCabe organized and directed the national commemoration of the tenth anniversary of Earth Day. From 1981 to 1985, he served as Staff Director of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy Conservation and Power Subcommittee. From 1987 to 1995, McCabe was Senator Joe Biden's Communications and Projects Director serving as senior advisor on Delaware issues.[1][2]

In 1995, McCabe was appointed by President Clinton as the Regional Administrator of the EPA Middle Atlantic Region. As regional administrator, and in cooperation with governors and senior state officials, McCabe directed the implementation of federal environmental programs in the states of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. In 1997, he successfully levied a fine of $12.6 million against Smithfield Foods of Virginia for 6,900 violations of the Clean Water Act, after the company was found to have been discharging illegal levels of slaughterhouse waste into Virginia's Pagan River.[1][3] He was appointed Deputy Administrator of the EPA by President Clinton in 1999. He left that job on January 31, 2001, after briefly serving as Acting Administrator during the transition to the Administration of President George W. Bush.

In the fall of 2008, McCabe joined the Obama/Biden presidential transition team as leader of the group charged with identifying top environmental and energy appointments in the new administration. From 2009 to 2015 McCabe served as Site Administrator for the Chromium Cleanup Partnership,[2] a cooperative effort between the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the government of Jersey City, and PPG, responsible for cleanup of toxic waste from a brownfield site where PPG had previously operated a chromium processing facility. His tenure in this position saw the removal of more than 1,000,000 tons of contaminated soil and waste.[4] McCabe is currently the Principal at McCabe & Associates, a private consulting firm addressing energy and environmental policies based in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.


  • Condition Of The Mid-atlantic Estuaries. Diane Publishing Company. 1998. ISBN 9780756705060. 
  • An environmental characterization of the District of Columbia: a scientific foundation for setting an environmental agenda. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 3. 1997. EP 1.2:C 37/3. 


  1. ^ a b c "12/8/1999: Duke Alumnus W. Michael McCabe New Deputy Administrator at U. S. EPA". yosemite.epa.gov. Retrieved 2016-03-12. 
  2. ^ a b "Chromium Cleanup Partnership | W. Michael McCabe". www.chromiumcleanup.com. Retrieved 2016-03-12. 
  3. ^ "#331: 08-08-97 - Smithfield Foods Fined $12.6 Million, Largest Clean Water Act Fine Ever". www.justice.gov. Retrieved 2016-03-12. 
  4. ^ "Chromium Cleanup Partnership | Welcome". www.chromiumcleanup.com. Retrieved 2016-03-12.