Tackling PFAS with Superfund Law Risks Shifting Costs to Public

November 30, 2022 / by

Dean Scott and Pat Rizzuto /

Bloomberg Law

Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was quoted and EPN was mentioned in this article discussing challenges faced with EPA’s proposal to designate the PFAS chemicals PFOA and PFOS as hazardous substances under the Superfund law.

Manchin Sabotages Clean Energy Transition-Again

November 29, 2022 / by

Arthur Smith /

Climate Policy Insights

Art Smith, former Senior Attorney, EPA Region 5, wrote this blog post discussing how delays in moving forward with the nomination of David Glick as Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chair will only hinder the commission’s ability to facilitate the transition to a clean energy system.

EPA Needs Funding Boost to Meet New TSCA Requirements

November 29, 2022 / by

David Coursen and Betsy Southerland /

Environmental Working Group

Dave Coursen, former Attorney, EPA Office of General Counsel, and Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, wrote this article discussing the need for additional EPA funding for the agency to effectively implement the 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act.

D.C. Environmental Justice Advocates Join Push for Global Climate Justice at COP27

November 22, 2022 / by

Kayla Benjamin /

The Washington Informer

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 quoted in this article about the commitments made at COP27 and the failure to make progress on emissions reductions.

Exclusive Lab Tests Show Toxic ‘Forever’ Chemicals in America’s Tap Water

November 21, 2022 / by

Lisa Fletcher, Andrea Nejman, Alex Brauer and Larry Deal /

ABC News 13

Linda Birnbaum, former Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, was quoted in this article regarding how widespread PFAS chemicals are, the many sources they may come from, and how they accumulate in the body.

Time Running Out for 3 Biden EPA Nominees

November 18, 2022 / by

Kevin Bogardus /

E&E News

Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming (former EPA Chief of Staff), Stan Meiburg (former EPA Acting Deputy Administrator), and Bob Perciasepe (former EPA Deputy Administrator) were quoted in this article discussing whether the nominees picked to lead EPA’s air, enforcement and solid waste offices will have confirmation votes before the end of the current Congress.

Congress Needs to Stop Short-Changing EPA Enforcement

November 15, 2022 / by

David Coursen /

The Hill

Dave Coursen, former Attorney, EPA Office of General Counsel, wrote this op-ed regarding the lack of funds EPA has for enforcement and the need to increase those funds, especially with the Inflation Reduction Act needing new resources to implement new climate and environmental justice provisions.

EPA Alumni Accuse WHO Of Undercutting Agency’s PFAS Water Rules

November 14, 2022 / by

Rick Weber /

Inside EPA

This article referenced EPN’s review of the World Health Organization’s proposal to use technology-focused drinking water guidelines for PFOA and PFOS.

Scientists Speak Out Against WHO Draft Guidelines for PFAS in Drinking Water

November 14, 2022 / by

Shannon Kelleher /

The New Lede

Linda Birnbaum, former Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology Program, and Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, were quoted and EPN was mentioned in this article discussing the severe inadequacies of the World Health Organization’s draft guidelines for PFAS in drinking water. Linda was also quoted in a related article in Phys.org, and EPN’s comments on the draft guidelines were cited in an Inside EPA article.

Where Does All Your Recycling Wind Up?

November 11, 2022 / by

Wes Kosova /

The Big Take

Judith Enck, President of Beyond Plastics and former Regional Administrator, EPA Region 2, was interviewed on this podcast about how single-use plastics production is increasing and the challenges that make plastics recycling so inefficient.

Regulators Back CERCLA PFAS Rule But Note Implementation Concerns

November 7, 2022 / by

Suzanne Yohannan /

Inside EPA

This article referenced EPN’s comments to EPA in support of the designation of PFOA and PFOS as hazardous substances under CERCLA.

Asbestos Bill Gains Co-Sponsors as Supporters Weigh Lame Duck Push

November 8, 2022 / by

Diana DiGangi /

Inside EPA

EPN was mentioned in this article about the possibility of asbestos-ban legislation appearing in the current lame-duck session of Congress.

Inside EPA’s Climate Strategy for Power Plants

October 24, 2022 / by

Sean Reilly and Kevin Bogardus /

E&E News

Bob Perciasepe, former EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article discussing the Biden administration’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas and hazardous air pollutant emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Advanced Recycling: Plastic Crisis Solution or Distraction?

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October 21, 2022 /

The Washington Post

Judith Enck, founder of Beyond Plastics and former Regional Administrator, EPA Region 2, was quoted in this article discussing why the plastics recycling industry will likely shift to burning plastics as waste or for fuel.

Lobbying Over WOTUS Rewrite Ramps Up

October 19, 2022 / by

Hannah Northey and Kevin Bogardus /

E&E News

Mark Ryan, former Assistant Regional Council, EPA Region 10, was quoted and Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, and EPN were mentioned in this article about EPA’s proposed revised definition of waters of the U.S., currently in the final rulemaking stage at the Office of Management and Budget.

Truck Makers Tout an Electric Future. Privately, They’re Stalling It.

October 18, 2022 / by

Anna Phillips /

The Washington Post

Margo Oge, former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was quoted in this article discussing how the pushback from truck companies and their lobbyists against stricter air emission standards is at odds with the companies’ public assurances to transition to zero-emissions vehicles.

Clean Water Act at 50: Environmental Gains, Challenges Unmet

October 17, 2022 / by

John Flesher /

Associated Press

Stan Meiburg, former EPA Acting Deputy Administrator and former Regional Administrator, EPA Regions 4 and 6, and Eric Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Environmental Integrity Project and former Director, EPA Office of Civil Enforcement, were quoted in this article describing the remaining shortcomings of the Clean Water Act, now in its 50th year.

Saving the EPA from Itself

October 16, 2022 / by

Peter Carter and Paul Beckwith /

Climate Emergency Forum

Donn Viviani, President of Climate Protection and Restoration Initiative (CPRI) and former Director, Climate Policy Division, EPA Office of Policy, Economics and Innovation, was interviewed about EPA’s denial of CPRI’s petition to phase out greenhouse gas emissions using TSCA Section 6.

California Passed a Landmark Law About Plastic Pollution. Why Are Some Environmentalists Still Concerned?

October 12, 2022 / by

James Bruggers /

Inside Climate News

Judith Enck, founder of Beyond Plastics and former Regional Administrator, EPA Region 2, was quoted in this article regarding a new California environmental law to curb plastic production and possible loopholes that would allow chemical recycling of plastics to continue and permit product exemptions.

New York Banned Plastic Bags Two Years Ago. Why Are They Still Everywhere?

October 12, 2022 / by

Colin Kinniburgh /

New York Focus

Judith Enck, founder of Beyond Plastics and former Regional Administrator, EPA Region 2, was quoted in this article discussing the poorly-enforced plastic bag ban in New York State.

‘Forever Chemicals’ Contamination Deemed Likely at 57K+ Sites

October 12, 2022 / by

E.A. Crunden /

E&E News

Linda Birnbaum, former Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology Program, was quoted in this article regarding a recent study she co-authored that found 57,412 presumptive PFAS-contaminated sites, which included industrial facilities, wastewater treatment plants, and current and former military sites in the U.S.

The Fight for Safety of BPA in Food Packaging

October 10, 2022 / by

Staff Author /

Los Angeles Business Journal

Linda Birnbaum, former Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology Program, was quoted in this article discussing a study by the European Food Safety Authority that found that BPA, a commonly-found component of food packaging, triggers children’s immune systems.

Report Pinpoints Composting, Recycling to Cut Emissions

October 10, 2022 / by

Marissa Heffernan /

Resource Recycling

Judith Enck, founder of Beyond Plastics and former Regional Administrator, EPA Region 2, was quoted in this article about a report from the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives that explored zero-waste solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Can Anti-Coal Tactics Work Against Plastics?

October 6, 2022 / by

E.A. Crunden /

E&E News

Judith Enck, founder of Beyond Plastics and former Regional Administrator, EPA Region 2, was quoted in this article discussing a campaign launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies to target petrochemical and plastics facilities.