The Environmental Protection Network was launched in January 2017 to harness the expertise of former EPA career staff and political appointees from multiple administrations to provide an informed and rigorous defense against Trump administration efforts to undermine public health and environmental protections.
During the first four years of operation, hundreds of EPN volunteers contributed to a wide range of responses and projects including:
- Providing objective and detailed analyses of the Trump administration’s proposed budgets, proposed regulatory rollbacks, and other attacks on EPA’s programs.
- Fielding numerous inquiries from the press, congressional staff and NGOs, and connecting them with our knowledgeable alumni network to provide background information and ground-truth investigative reports.
In August 2020, EPN released Resetting the Course of EPA, with specific and actionable recommendations to help EPA leadership recommit to the agency’s mission of protecting public health and the environment. EPN’s summary report, letter of support signed by six former EPA administrators from both Republican and Democratic administrations, and 17 detailed papers focus on immediate, early, and long-term steps to reset the course of the agency.
In March 2021, EPN rededicated itself to serving as a trusted resource, answering calls for objective analysis, scientific rigor, and facts about the environment and EPA.
EPN is recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service and files IRS Form 990 each year.