A proposal to restrict the type of science available for EPA use in decisionmaking. [Read more]
EPN in Action: July-August 2018
Welcome to your EPN update for July and August
July and August brought a whirlwind of EPN activity. Over 25 EPN volunteers worked collaboratively to submit 6 sets of comments to EPA/CEQ—including 5 sets of comments in 5 work days! We also grew both our staff and our membership.
The Environmental Protection Network (EPN) was launched in January 2017 to harness the expertise of former EPA staff to provide an informed and rigorous defense against current efforts to undermine the protection of public health and the environment.
Highlights of this update:
- EPN worked collaboratively with a coalition of environmental groups including Union of Concerned Scientists, EDF and Earthjustice to share and coordinate work on Censored Science
- EPN’s work on TSCA inspired significant press coverage on this important topic
- EPN worked collaboratively with Save EPA to submit comments on NEPA and Cost-Benefit Analysis
- EPN’s members were featured in dozens of media outlets and authored numerous op-eds
EPN Staffing and Volunteers update:
- On July 1st we hired our first full-time Executive Director
- We had two recent college graduates complete an 8-week internship during July and August
- Both interns are staying on this fall. One will be a full-time Program Associate and the other will be part-time Development Associate and Program Assistant
- In September we are bringing on a part-time Communications Associate and a part-time Communications Consultant
- We now have a robust database of over 300 alum volunteering to help protect human health and the environment
EPN’s work on Censored Science
August 23, 2018. / by
Kelly Franklin /
EPN comments on the censored science proposal are quoted in this article on the tension between the rule and TSCA requirements.
August 15, 2018 / by
Daria Devantier /
EPN member, Daria Devantier, calls on people to file comments with the EPA on their “transparency rule.” She is critical of the rule which will prevent EPA from using all science at their disposal.
August 8, 2018 / by
Maria Hegstad /
The testimonies of EPN members Gary Timm, Lynn Goldman, and John Bachmann are featured in this article about responses to the EPA’s proposed “censored science” rule.
EPN’s work on TSCA
August 23, 2018. / by
Pat Rizzuto /
EPN member Betsy Southerland is quoted, and EPN mentioned, in this article on the effects TSCA revisions would have on blue-collar workers.
August 10, 2018 / by
Lisa Friedman /
New York Times
Betsy Southerland, former Director of Science and Technology in the Office of Water and EPN member, is quoted in this article about the dangers of asbestos exposure under proposed TSCA revisions.
EPN’s work on NEPA, Cost-Benefit Analysis and WOTUS
August 14, 2018 / by
Lee Logan /
EPN and Save EPA submitted comments last week on proposed regulatory implementation revisions of NEPA. This week, those comments are quoted in this article on EPA staff response to NEPA rule changes.
August 14, 2018 / by
Charles Clark /
EPN and Save EPA submitted comments this week on proposed changes to weighing cost-benefit analysis at EPA. Those comments are quoted in this article on EPA staff responses to CBA rule changes.
More examples of EPN In The News
In addition to the news articles above, EPN members contributed to a range of articles on topics such as Coal Ash, the proposed overhaul of the Clean Power Plan, the California waiver and fuel efficiency standards, and Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler.
August 20, 2018. / by
Keri Brown /
EPN board member Stan Meiburg spoke to WFDD public radio about proposed coal ash rules and possible implications for North Carolina.
August 6, 2018 / by
Niina Heikkinen /
EPN members John Bachmann and Janet McCabe are quoted in this article about the Clean Power Plan rollback and proposal to change cost-benefit analysis at the EPA.
July 30, 2018 / by
Scott Tong /
National Public Radio
EPN members Steve Silverman and Janet McCabe are quoted about differences between Scott Pruitt and Andrew Wheeler. They discuss how Wheeler’s background in science and previous Washington experience will show in his behavior.