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.

About EPN

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 Staffing and Volunteers update:

EPN’s work on Censored Science

US NGOs: ‘Science transparency’ policy contravenes TSCA

August 23, 2018. / by

Kelly Franklin /

Chemical Watch

EPN comments on the censored science proposal are quoted in this article on the tension between the rule and TSCA requirements.

Don’t be silenced in the name of ‘transparency’

August 15, 2018 / by

Daria Devantier /

The Hill

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.

EPA Officials Echo Wide-Ranging Concerns with Science Transparency Rule

August 8, 2018 / by

Maria Hegstad /

Inside EPA

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

Blue-Collar Workers ‘Invisible’ as EPA Critiques Chemicals

August 23, 2018. / by

Pat Rizzuto /

Bloomberg Environment

EPN member Betsy Southerland is quoted, and EPN mentioned, in this article on the effects TSCA revisions would have on blue-collar workers.

E.P.A. Staff Objected to Agency’s New Rules on Asbestos Use, Internal Emails Show

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

Former EPA Staff Urge CEQ To Avoid NEPA Implementing Rule Changes

August 14, 2018 / by

Lee Logan /

Inside EPA

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.

EPA’s Bid for ‘Consistent and Transparent’ Rulemaking Draws Fire

August 14, 2018 / by

Charles Clark /

Government Executive

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.

New Federal Coal Ash Rules Unlikely To Impact Statewide Cleanup Plans

August 20, 2018. / by

Keri Brown /


Stan Meiburg, EPN Board member and Advisor, former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Regions 4 (Atlanta) and 6 (Dallas), and former EPA Acting Deputy Administrator, spoke to WFDD public radio about proposed coal ash rules and possible implications for North Carolina.

Tagged In: Programs at Risk

To kill climate rule, EPA wants to redefine danger of soot

August 6, 2018 / by

Niina Heikkinen /

Climate Wire

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.

Tagged In: Programs at Risk

Here’s how the EPA might be different under Andrew Wheeler

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.

Tagged In: Programs at Risk

Read all recent EPN In The News items here