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EPA Claims To Support ‘Clean And Safe Water,’ Cuts $1.4 Billion From Water Protection

May 21, 2019 / by

David Coursen /

Water Online

David Coursen, EPN member and former EPA Office of General Counsel, wrote an op-ed published in Water Online about the EPA budget proposal’s staggering cuts to water protection and restoration programs, despite Administrator Wheeler’s claim that drinking water is the world’s greatest environmental challenge.

INSIGHT: EPA Groundwater Cleanup Guidance Not Protective

May 6, 2019 / by

Betsy Southerland /

Bloomberg Environment

EPN member Betsy Southerland, former Director, EPA Office of Science and Technology in the Office of Water, wrote an op-ed about the Trump administration’s Draft Interim Recommendations to Address Groundwater Contaminated with PFOA and PFOS, chemicals that are part of a class of per- and polyfluorinated (PFAS) substances found in many consumer products. They persist for years in the environment and in the human body and have the potential to cause serious health effects.

Spring Memories of Why We Must Protect Wetlands and Streams

April 5, 2019 / by

Dave Evans /


EPN member Dave Evans, former EPA Director, Wetlands Division, wrote this op-ed about his personal connection to wetlands and streams and the Trump Administration’s proposal to dramatically reduce the scope of the Clean Water Act’s (CWA) protection of these bodies of water by redefining what constitutes “waters of the U.S.”

EPA Accounting: Like Pretending Viagra Just Treats Hypertension

April 8, 2019 / by

David Coursen and Robert Wolcott /

The Hill

EPN members David Coursen, former EPA Office of General Counsel, and Robert Wolcott, an economist and former EPA Senior Counsel, Office of Research and Development, and Deputy Assistant Administrator for Policy, wrote this op-ed about EPA’s proposal to eliminate the co-benefits of regulating mercury emissions from any cost-benefit analysis.

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