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EPN in Action: September-October 2018
Welcome to your EPN update for September and October
Over the past two months EPN members worked with others in our network and with partner organizations to submit two sets of comments and four formal testimonies to EPA on proposed rulemakings, and continued to be a trusted source of information to reporters.
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 Save EPA Ann Arbor to submit comments on the administration’s proposal to roll back critical greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards with the “SAFE” rule.
EPN submitted comments on the administration’s proposal to replace the Clean Power Plan with the “ACE” rule, namely the proposed revisions to EPA’s implementing regulations for emissions guidelines
EPN members were featured in dozens of media outlets and authored numerous op-eds on topics including the administration’s efforts to censore science, roll back TSCA and mercury regulations, disband the Particulate Matter Review Panel of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee and gut the Risk Management Program Rule.
EPN’s work on Vehicle Emissions Standards Rollbacks: SAFE
Vehicle Emissions Standards Rollbacks in the News
Oct 16, 2018 / by
Kerry Klein /
NPR's Valley Public Radio, KVPR
Dan Reich, EPN member and former Assistant Regional Counsel, EPA Region 9, was interviewed on NPR’s Valley Public Radio/KVPR about the EPA’s proposed rollback of clean car standards with the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles (SAFE) Rule.
Oct 2, 2018 / by
Maxine Joselow /
EPN members Trish Koman, PhD; Betsy Southerland; and Janet McCabe are quoted in this E&E News article on the EPA’s public hearing in Dearborn, MI, on the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles rule.
Sept 25, 2018 / by
Cynthia Canty /
Stateside Michigan Radio
Jeff Alson, EPN member and former EPA senior advisor who helped draft the national fuel economy standards, was interviewed on Stateside radio about his testimony in Dearborn, MI, against the Trump Administration’s SAFE rule.
EPN’s work on Clean Power Plan Replacement: ACE Rule
Clean Power Plan Replacement in the News
Oct 10, 2018 / by
Stephen Joyce and Abby Smith /
EPN member Joseph Goffman, former senior counsel in the EPA Office of Air, is quoted in Bloomberg Law’s article on the EPA’s Oct. 1, 2018, public hearing on its proposed Affordable Clean Energy rule.
Sept 6, 2018 / by
Eric Tegethoff /
Public New Service
EPN member and former EPA Acting Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation Janet McCabe is quoted in this article on the Trump Administration’s proposed replacement of the Clean Power Plan, which could severely weaken air protections. McCabe encourages readers to take advantage of the public comments period on this important issue. Janet is also quoted in similar articles in Eagle Country 99.3 and WXPR.
August 29, 2018. / by
Joel Mintz /
EPN member, former EPA Enforcement Attorney and Professor of Law Emeritus Joel Mintz criticizes the proposal to replace the Clean Power Plan as insufficient and far too weak.
Programs at Risk
EPN continued to work on key areas of interest
Our work continued to bring attention to a range of important ongoing topics, including Censored Science, TSCA, and other key areas.
Since filing comments on the Censored Science proposal in August, EPN has continued to connect press with EPN experts to help bring attention to this issue. For example, EPN member John Bachmann is quoted in this Washington Post piece about the EPA’s proposed “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science Rule,” which will bar the EPA from considering a wide range of scientific studies in its rulemaking;
Since filing comments on the TSCA Risk Evaluation proposal in August, EPN has continued to connect press with EPN experts to help bring attention to this issue. For example, EPN member Betsy Southerland is quoted in this Politico piece about the underlying dangers of the Significant New Use Rule for asbestos;
More examples of EPN In The News
August 3, 2018 / by
Margo Oge /
National Public Radio
Margo Oge, former Director of the EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality and EPN member, describes the dangerous and lasting impacts of the administration’s proposed roll back of fuel economy standards.
Programs at Risk
Sept 18, 2018 / by
Brendan Doyle /
EPN member Brendan Doyle, a former EPA policy analyst and senior policy advisor, wrote this op-ed for The Hill on the Trump administration’s move to gut the Risk Management Program Rule, which requires chemical companies and wastewater treatment plants to be ready for disasters like Hurricane Florence.
Sept 24, 2018 / by
Dennis McLerran /
The Seattle Times
EPN member and former EPA Region 10 Regional Administrator Dennis McLerran wrote this op-ed in The Seattle Times about acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler’s two recent decisions—to freeze fuel-economy standards for cars and dramatically scale back an effort to reduce climate pollution from coal-fired power plants—taking the EPA in the wrong direction.