Special Hiring Power Boosts EPA Infrastructure, Regional Teams

September 22, 2022 / by

Kevin Bogardus /

E&E News

Gordon Binder, former EPA Chief of Staff, and Stan Meiburg, former EPA Acting Deputy Administrator and former Regional Administrator, EPA Regions 4 and 6, were quoted in this article about the use of “administratively determined” hires at EPA to bring experienced staff in quickly at key positions within the agency.

Probe Goes Underground in Search for Contamination at Site of Fertilizer Plant Fire in Winston-Salem

September 21, 2022 / by

John Deem /

Winston-Salem Journal

Stan Meiburg, former EPA Acting Deputy Administrator and former Regional Administrator, EPA Regions 4 and 6, was quoted in this article discussing cleanup efforts at the Winston Weaver fertilizer plant, a Superfund site that caught fire in January 2022.

Bloomberg Launches Campaign Against Plastics, Petrochemical Plants

September 21, 2022 / by

Jordan Wolman /

Politico

Judith Enck, President of Beyond Plastics and former Regional Administrator, EPA Region 2, was quoted in this article regarding Michael Bloomberg’s announcement of an $85 million dollar campaign aimed at stopping plastic pollution from the petrochemical industry. Judith was quoted in a similar article appearing in E&E News.

Groups Eye States to Adopt NAS’ ‘Groundbreaking’ Advice on PFAS Testing

September 19, 2022 / by

Suzanne Yohannan /

Inside EPA

EPN’s letter to the Senate urging the inclusion of PFAS amendments to the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act was referenced in this article discussing a National Academy of Sciences’ report that provides recommendations to clinicians who may consider PFAS testing for patients at higher risk of exposure to the chemicals.

Grassroots Protest Targets Lack of EPA Action to Prevent Cancer Clusters

September 15, 2022 / by

Sam Hess /

Inside EPA

Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was quoted in this article regarding a planned protest march to EPA headquarters about the agency’s failure to protect communities from chemical pollution and the need for congressional action to give EPA the ability to address the protesters’ concerns.

Novant Aims for ‘Net-Zero’ Emissions by 2050

September 13, 2022 / by

John Deem /

Winston-Salem Journal

Stan Meiburg, former EPA Acting Deputy Administrator and former Regional Administrator, EPA Regions 4 and 6, was quoted in this article regarding the need for the healthcare industry to be prepared for the health impacts of catastrophic climate events.

EPA Watchdog to Probe Jackson, Miss., Water Crisis

September 12, 2022 / by

Hannah Northey and Kevin Bogardus /

E&E News

Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was quoted in this article regarding EPA’s Office of Inspector General investigating and conducting an audit of the ongoing emergency in Jackson, Mississippi.

Illinois Town’s $13 Million Water System Will Bypass Forever Chemicals

September 8, 2022 / by

Ben Schamisso /

Newsy

Linda Birnbaum, former Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology Program and former EPA scientist, was quoted in this article discussing the prevalence of PFAS in our bodies and the environment.

Politics is Local, Climate Damage is Regional: A Novel Conundrum For Allocating Federal Resources to Protect Infrastructure and Water Quality

September 7, 2022 / by

Arthur Smith /

Climate Policy Insights

Art Smith, former Senior Attorney, EPA Region 5, wrote this blog post describing how infrastructure funding and Clean Water Act-mandated nonpoint pollution control responsibilities can be used to get states on the path to building climate resilience.

Researcher Says ‘Prevalence’ Model Shows Flaws in TSCA Prioritization

September 6, 2022 / by

Maria Hegstad /

Inside EPA

Tracey Woodruff, Director, University of California, San Francisco Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment and former policy advisor, EPA Office of Policy, was quoted in this article regarding her recently-published work that suggests the TSCA prioritization process used at EPA does not identify all existing chemicals that are high priority for exposure and risks for vulnerable populations such as children and pregnant women.

‘Allow Us the Right to Know What the Risks Are’: Nonprofits Continue Legal Battle Against EPA to Test PFAS for Health Effects

September 4, 2022 / by

Amy Passaretti /

Port City Daily

Bob Sussman, counsel for a coalition of North Carolina environmental groups and former EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article discussing ongoing litigation related to the coalition’s 2020 petition requesting EPA to compel Fayetteville, North Carolina-based Chemours, the largest U.S. producer of PFAS, to perform testing on 54 PFAS found in the Cape Fear River.

Plastics Recycling Sees Reduction

September 1, 2022 / by

Maura Keller /

American Recycler

Judith Enck, founder of Beyond Plastics and former Regional Administrator, EPA Region 2, was quoted in this article discussing the decline in plastics recycling and a need for policies that focus on reducing the production, use and disposal of plastics.

Advocates Say Environmental Racism Is to Blame For Jackson Water Crisis

September 1, 2022 / by

Kyra Phillips /

ABC News

Mustafa Santiago Ali, Senior Vice President for Environmental Justice, National Wildlife Federation, former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization, and former EPA Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was interviewed in this news segment discussing the water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi and the role environmental racism has played in preventing improvements to the city’s infrastructure. Mustafa also discussed the crisis in an interview with CBS News.

To Reduce Plastic Waste, Make Producers Responsible For It

September 7, 2022 / by

Judith Enck /

Syracuse.com

Judith Enck, founder of Beyond Plastics and former Regional Administrator, EPA Region 2, wrote this op-ed discussing how Extended Producer Responsibility can be effectively used to minimize the production of plastic waste.

EPA FAQ Offers First-Time Option For Denying Permits Under ‘Rights’ Law

August 31, 2022 / by

Dawn Reeves /

Inside EPA

Richard Grow, former Environmental Protection Specialist, EPA Region 9, was quoted in this article about an FAQ document created by EPA that outlines how permitting programs can incorporate environmental justice and civil rights into their decisions.

Mississippi Water Crisis Triggers Blame Game

August 31, 2022 / by

Hannah Northey /

Politico

Mustafa Santiago Ali, vice president at the National Wildlife Federation, former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization, and former EPA Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was quoted in this article about the water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi, and the need for long-term solutions to support water systems in the face of climate change.

Inflation Reduction Act Doesn’t Meet Biden’s Climate Goals: How to Close the Gaps on Transportation

August 31, 2022 / by

Margo Oge /

The Hill

Margo Oge, former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, wrote this op-ed describing how the Inflation Reduction Act clearly gives EPA authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and what EPA can do in the heavy-duty vehicle sector to further reduce those emissions.

EPA’s CERCLA PFAS Plan Drives Cost, Reporting Uncertainty, Sources Say

August 31, 2022 / by

Suzanne Yohannan /

Inside EPA

Bob Sussman, former EPA Deputy Administrator; Jim Woolford, former Director, EPA Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation; and EPN’s letter to the EPA Administrator were quoted in this article about EPA’s proposed rule to designate PFOA and PFOS as hazardous substances under CERCLA.

Baby, You Can Drive My Electric Car

August 31, 2022 / by

Mina Kim /

KQED Forum

Margo Oge, Chair of the International Council on Clean Transportation and former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was interviewed on this news report discussing how California’s plan to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035 could lessen the worst consequences of climate change. Margo was also interviewed on PBS NewsHour.

Pregnant Women Know to Cut Out Alcohol, Raw Fish. But What About Chemicals?

August 29, 2022 / by

News Staff /

WSBTV.com

Tracey Woodruff, Director, University of California, San Francisco Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment and former policy advisor, EPA Office of Policy, was quoted in this article discussing her recently-published work that found that Black and Hispanic pregnant women had more exposure to more chemicals, which may lead to developmental and behavioral problems once the babies are born.

The Climate and Plastic

August 26, 2022 / by

Bobby Bascomb /

Living on Earth

Judith Enck, founder of Beyond Plastics and former Regional Administrator, EPA Region 2, was interviewed on this podcast detailing the connections between hydrofracking, ethane crackers, and plastic production in the US.

EPA, Supporters Lay Groundwork For Defending Superfund PFAS Rule

August 26, 2022 / by

Suzanne Yohannan /

Inside EPA

This article referenced EPN’s letter to EPA supporting the agency’s proposal to designate PFOA and PFOS as hazardous substances under the Superfund law.

California’s Phasing Out of Gas-Powered Cars Will Require Infrastructure Changes

August 26, 2022 / by

Rachel Martin /

NPR

Margo Oge, former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was interviewed in this radio segment discussing California’s plan to eliminate gas-powered cars by 2035 and the auto industry’s ability to meet this goal.

EPA Proposes to Designate Two ‘Forever Chemicals’ as Hazardous, Aiming to Bolster Clean Up

August 26, 2022 / by

Rachel Frazin /

The Hill

Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was quoted in this article discussing how a CERCLA hazardous waste designation for PFOA and PFOS could promote faster cleanup by polluters to avoid more costly bills from EPA.