Battered, Flooded and Submerged: Many Superfund Sites are Dangerously Threatened by Climate Change

September 24, 2020 / by

David Hasemyer and Lise Olsen /

InsideClimate News

EPN members Samuel Coleman (former Deputy Regional Administrator EPA Region 6), Judith Enck (former Regional Administrator for EPA Region 2), and Betsy Southerland (former Director of the Office of Science and Technology in EPA’s Office of Water) were quoted in this article on how superfund sites are being threatened by climate change. This article was reprinted by NBC News.

Environmentalists Raise New Concerns About Industrial Waste in Rensselaer

September 23, 2020 / by

Dave Lucas /

WAMC

 Judith Enck, EPN member and former Regional Administrator for EPA Region 2, was quoted in this article concerning industrial waste in the town of Rensselaer, New York. 

Climate Change, Youth Activists and the Election

September 22 / by

Kojo Nnamdi /

WAMU 88.5

Mustafa Santiago Ali, EPN member and former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was interviewed in this segment regarding youth climate change activism during the 2020 election.

As the West Burns, the Trump Administration Races to Demolish Environmental Protections

September 19, 2020 / by

Sharon Lerner /

The Intercept

EPN members Dr. Bernard Goldstein, former chair, EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee and EPA Assistant Administrator for Research and Development, and Betsy Southerland, former Director of the Office of Science and Technology in EPA’s Office of Water, were quoted in this article on how the administration’s rollback of environmental regulations exacerbate the consequences of climate change.

Enforcement of NY State’s Plastic Bag Ban Begins Next Month

September 19, 2020 / by

Steven Burns /

WCBS

Judith Enck, EPN member and former Regional Administrator for EPA Region 2, was quoted in this article on the October 19 start date of New York’s plastic bag ban. Judith was quoted in a similar article by The Telegraph.

New Jersey Signs Landmark Environmental Justice Bill Into Law

September 18, 2020 / by

Alexandra Kelley /

The Hill

Mustafa Santiago Ali, EPN member and former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was quoted in this article regarding a new environmental justice bill signed into law in New Jersey.

The World’s Plan to Reduce Plastic Pollution Is Trash

September 18, 2020 / by

Dharna Noor /

Gizmodo

Judith Enck, EPN member and former Regional Administrator for EPA Region 2, was quoted in this article regarding a global plan to reduce plastic pollution. 

Trump’s Climate Change Rollbacks to Drive Up U.S. Emissions

September 17, 2020 / by

Zack Colman and Alex Guillen /

Politico

Janet McCabe, EPN member and former Acting Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in this article concerning the increase in greenhouse gas emissions due to the Trump administration’s environmental rollbacks.

EPA Cancels Race-Related Training Sessions

September 16, 2020 / by

Kelsey Brugger /

E&E News

Mustafa Santiago Ali, EPN member and former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was quoted in this article on EPA canceling race-related training sessions. Mustafa was quoted in a similar article by E&E News.

US Agency Proposes Expanding Waters Open to Impacts Without Permits

September 16, 2020 / by

Jacob Holzman and Ellie Potter /

S&P Global Market Intelligence

Betsy Southerland, EPN member and former director of the Office of Science and Technology in EPA’s Office of Water, was quoted in this article concerning the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rollback to the nationwide permit system, which would change the way dredging and filling of streams and wetlands protected under the Clean Water Act are regulated.

EJ Bills Introduced in Congress Now Set the Stage for Next Year

September 16, 2020 / by

Our Daily Planet /

Our Daily Planet

Mustafa Santiago Ali, EPN member former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was quoted in this article about environmental justice legislation being introduced in Congress.

Former EPA Chiefs Urge Quick Adaptation To ‘Era That Has No Precedent’

September 16, 2020 / by

David LaRoss /

Inside EPA

EPN’s “Resetting the Course of EPA” report was mentioned in this article regarding calls by former EPA administrators for EPA to adopt novel technologies to help combat climate change and reassert federal regulatory authority.

EPA Floats Updates to Pollution Control Payment Guidance

September 15, 2020 / by

Hannah Northey /

E&E News

Mark Ryan, EPN member and former EPA Regional Counsel, Region 10, was quoted in this article regarding EPA’s proposed 2020 financial capability assessment (FCA) for the Clean Water Act. 

Safe Catch Solves Mercury Problem in Seafood for Industry and Consumers

Septemebr 15, 2020 / by

Laura Baumgartner /

Business Wire

Linda Birnbaum, EPN member and former EPA federal scientist, was quoted in this article regarding new technology developed by Safe Catch that tests for mercury in seafood in under 60 seconds.

Do We All Need Respiratory Masks?

September 14, 2020 / by

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Antelope Valley Press

Daniel Costa, EPN member and former National Program Director, EPA Air, Climate, and Energy Research Program, Office of Research and Development, was quoted in this article about whether it is necessary for all people to have respiratory masks.

Pandemic Spawns Dangerous Relaxation of Environmental Regulations

September 14, 2020 / by

Joel Mintz /

The Revelator

Joel Mintz, EPN member and former EPA Enforcement and Supervisory Attorney, published this op-ed regarding EPA’s relaxing of enforcement measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Joel was also quoted in similar articles by Grist and E&E News.

New EPA Guidance Rule Could Backfire on Business, Lawyers Say

September 14, 2020 / by

Stephen Lee /

Bloomberg

David Coursen, EPN member and former lawyer in EPA’s Office of General Counsel, was quoted and EPN was mentioned in this article on a proposed EPA rule that would restrain the agency’s ability to create guidance documents.

Trump EPA Eases Regulations on Toxic Metal Dumped in Water Bodies

September 12, 2020 / by

Sudhit Rao /

the incentive

Betsy Southerland, EPN member and former director of the Office of Science and Technology in EPA’s Office of Water, was quoted in this article regarding the Trump administration’s rollback of a rule regulating toxic dumping from coal power plants.

New Research Shows Disproportionate Rate of Coronavirus Deaths in Polluted Areas

September 11, 2020 / by

Lylla Younes and Sara Sneath /

Pro Publica

Vijay Limay, EPN member and former Physical Scientist, Air Monitoring and Analysis Section, Air and Radiation Division, EPA Region 5, was quoted in this article concerning disproportionate COVID-19 mortality rates in areas with higher pollution.

DOD is Spending Millions, Getting Rid of Toxic Foam by Burning it Near Where People Live

September 10, 2020 / by

Joce Sterman, Alex Brauer, and Andrea Nejman /

WJLA

Judith Enck, EPN member and former Regional Administrator for EPA Region 2, was quoted in this article concerning the Department of Defense’s disposal of a PFAS contaminated foam that was used to fight fires. 

Companies Eager to ‘Lock In’ Trump-Era Water Rule Exemptions

September 10, 2020 / by

Amena Saiyid /

Bloomberg

Ellen Gilinsky, EPN member and former Associate Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Water, was quoted in this article concerning polluters that are seeking to solidify clean water rules that were put in place under the current administration.

Trump EPA Guts Tough Standards for Toxic Metals Dumped into US Waterways by Coal-Fired Power Plants, Including Biggest Polluter on Lake Michigan

September 9, 2020 / by

Michael Hawthorne /

Chicago Tribune

Betsy Southerland, EPN member and former Director of the Office of Science and Technology in EPA’s Office of Water, was quoted in this article concerning the rollback of coal waste standards by the Trump administration. 

EPA’s Birthday Gift to America: More Pollution

September 8, 2020 / by

David Coursen /

The Hill

David Coursen, EPN member and former lawyer in EPA’s Office of General Counsel, published this op-ed concerning the proposed agenda by Administrator Wheeler for a second term at EPA.

Wheeler Previews What Second Trump Term Would Mean for EPA

September 8, 2020 / by

Nathan Kaufman /

FrontPage Live

Mustafa Santiago Ali, EPN member former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was quoted in this article regarding Administrator Wheeler’s speech on the 50th anniversary of EPA. Mustafa was quoted in a similar article by Our Daily Planet and Water Online.