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EPA to Strengthen Lead Protections in Drinking Water After Multiple Crises, Including Flint

October 28, 2023 / by

Michael Phillis and Mike Stobbe /

Daily Herald

Ronnie Levin, former Senior Scientist, Risk Assessor, Lead Inspector, Enforcement Office, EPA Region 1, and Joe Cotruvo, a former director of the Drinking Water Standards Division at EPA, were quoted in this article on the history of EPA’s lead standards and how a new proposal to strengthen them will aid in providing safe drinking water across the country.

After Sharp Drop in Federal Funding to Replace Lead Water Lines, State Races to Find Out Why

September 12, 2023 / by

Tal Kopan /

The Boston Globe

Ronnie Levin, former Senior Scientist, EPA Region 1, was quoted in this article regarding federal funds allocated to states for lead service line replacement and how water utilities’ poor tracking of lead service lines has led to funding decreases.

Watchdog Says EPA Did Not Properly Elevate Benton Harbor Crisis

September 7, 2023 / by

Garret Ellison /


Elin Betanzo, former National Tribal Drinking Water Coordinator, EPA Office of Water, was quoted in this article discussing EPA’s response to the 2018 lead in drinking water crisis in Benton Harbor, Michigan, following a recent Office of Inspector General report that the agency did not sufficiently escalate the public health issue.

Environmentalists Warn House Cuts to EPA Budget Will Impede PFAS Efforts

August 29, 2023 / by

Suzanne Yohannan /

Inside EPA

Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, and John Reeder, Vice President of Federal Affairs at Environmental Working Group and former EPA Deputy Chief of Staff, were quoted in this article discussing how the House Republicans’ proposed FY2024 budget would slash much of the funding needed for EPA and other federal agencies to address PFAS. Betsy was quoted in a related article published in StateImpact Pennsylvania.

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