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EPA Shutdown Silences Public Inquiry Over Ind. Lead Cleanup

Jan 14, 2019 / by

Niina Heikkinen /

E&E News

Bonnie Bellow, EPN member and former EPA Director, Public Affairs Division, Region 2, is quoted in this article on how the partial government shutdown is affecting the West Calumet, Indiana, Superfund site, as well as other sites across the country.

Working During a Shutdown — ‘It’s just weird’

Jan 14, 2019 / by

Kevin Bogardus /

E&E News

EPN members Bob Kavlock, former EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Research and Development and EPA’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for Science, and Stan Meiburg, former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6 and Acting Deputy Administrator, are quoted in this article about the small number of EPA employees who are still working away during the partial government shutdown that closed the agency two weeks ago.

Shutdown Effects Trickle Down to States, Grantees

Jan 11, 2019 / by

Sean Reilly /

E& News

EPN Advisor Lisa Feldt, former EPA Acting Deputy Administrator and Associate Deputy Administrator, is quoted in E&E’s article on the trickle-down effects from the partial government shutdown and mounting worries about the long-term outlook.

Federal Work at Superfund Sites Suspended During Shutdown

Jan 11, 2019 / by

Ellen Knickmeyer and Kim Chandler /

Associated Press

Bonnie Bellow, EPN member and former EPA Director, Public Affairs Division, Region 2, is quoted in this article on suspended federal cleanups at Superfund sites around the nation and forced cancellations of public hearings due to the partial government shutdown. This piece also ran in the Washington Post.

Shutdown Means E.P.A. Pollution Inspectors Aren’t on the Job

Jan 9, 2019 / by

Coral Davenport /

The New York Times

EPN member and former Assistant Administrator of EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Cynthia Giles, is quoted in this article about the hundreds of inspections that may have already been canceled and can’t be made up.

Programs at Risk

Criminal Enforcement at Trump’s EPA Is the Lowest It’s Been in Decades: Report

Jan 15, 2019 / by

Yessenia Funes /

Earther

EPN member Dan Reich, former EPA Assistant Regional Counsel, Region 9, is quoted in this article about the Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigating why 2018 saw fewer EPA prosecution referrals against polluters than at any other point in the past 30 years.

How Trump is redefining the EPA

Jan 12, 2019 / by

The Week Staff /

The Week

EPN member and former EPA Associate National Program Director, Sustainable and Healthy Communities Research Program, Betsy Smith, is quoted in this article that takes a comprehensive look at how the Trump administration is redefining the EPA.

Trump’s EPA Is Reluctant to Punish Law-Breaking Polluters

Dec 28, 2018 / by

Cally Carswell /

High Country News

EPN member David Janik, former EPA Supervisory Enforcement Attorney, Region 8, is quoted in this article on declining law enforcement at EPA.

EPA Staff Morale Hits Rock Bottom as Trump’s Anti-Science Agenda Takes Hold

Dec 19, 2018 / by

Mark Hand /

ThinkProgress

EPN member Judith Enck, former EPA Region 2 Administrator, is quoted in this article on the declining morale at EPA due to reorganization plans and the entrenchment of Trump’s political appointees inside the Agency.

For Our Children and Grandchildren, Congress Must Support a Green Infrastructure Plan

Dec 17, 2018 / by

Margo Oge /

Forbes

EPN member Margo Oge, former EPA Director, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, wrote this op-ed on the importance of incorporating climate action and adaptation measures into a 21st century infrastructure plan.

Regulatory Rollbacks

Shutdown Could Hamper US EPA’s Efforts to Lock in Trump’s Top Energy Rules

Jan 10, 2019 / by

Zack Hale /

S&P Global

EPN Advisor Bob Perciasepe, former EPA Deputy Administrator during the Obama administration, and EPN Board of Directors member and Advisor Stan Meiburg, former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6 and Acting Deputy Administrator, are quoted in this article on the continuing partial government shutdown imperiling some of the Trump administration’s signature energy-related rulemakings.

Carper, Advocacy Groups Blast Trump’s MATS Review

Jan 8, 2019 / by

Sean Reilly /

E&E News

EPN member Mustafa Ali, former EPA Environmental Justice Administrator, Environmental Justice Program, is quoted in this article on EPA’s bid to reopen its power plant mercury rule.

EPA Proposes Higher Bar for Emissions Rules that Led to Dairyland Cutting Mercury by 90 Percent

Jan 6, 2019 / by

Jennifer Lu /

La Crosse Tribune

Janet McCabe, EPN member and Advisor and former EPA Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, is quoted in this article on the EPA’s proposal to ignore indirect benefits from reducing mercury pollution when it weighs industry compliance costs against public health benefits.

Trump’s EPA Is Undermining New Law to Regulate Chemicals

Jan 5, 2019 / by

Daniel Ross /

Trouthout

Bob Sussman, EPN member, former EPA Deputy Administrator and Senior Policy Counsel to Administrator, is quoted in this article on concerns about the current EPA’s modifications to the way it evaluates and regulates chemicals under The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

EPA’s Dig at Mercury Regs Carries Kavanaugh’s Fingerprints

Jan 4, 2019 / by

Ellen M. Gilmer /

E&E News

EPN member Joe Goffman, former EPA Associate Assistant Administrator for Climate and Senior Counsel in the Office of Air and Radiation, is quoted in this article on the connection between the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) proposal and Brett Kavanaugh.

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