Inside the Project 2025 Plan to Gut Climate Regs

July 18, 2024 / by

Jean Chemnick /

Politico Pro

Stan Meiburg, former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6 and Acting EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in Politico about EPA’s chapter in Project 2025 which maps out plans to cut climate regulations, going beyond what was done in Trump’s first administration.

US Supreme Court Overturns Chevron Doctrine

July 16, 2024 / by

Bryant Furlow /

The Lancet

Stan Meiburg, former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6 and Acting EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in The Lancet about how the overturning of the Chevron doctrine will slow down recent EPA regulations and federal agencies will have to be careful in interpreting legislation moving forward.

EMC Delays PFAS Action Again, Considers Taking Broader Role Over Pollution Discharge Permits

July 12, 2024 / by

Peter Castagno /

Port City Daily

Betsy Southerland, former Director of the Office of Science and Technology in EPA’s Office of Water, was quoted in The Port City Daily about the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission delaying regulatory action on PFAS water standards.

Green Group Calls on Feds to Research, Regulate Bioplastics

July 11, 2024 / by

Ellie Borst /

Politico Pro

Judith Enck, former Regional Administrator for EPA Region 2 and founder of Beyond Plastics, was quoted in Politico about a recent Beyond Plastics report that finds plastic terminology confusing to consumers and calls on EPA to research how bioplastics affect the environment.

Supreme Court Rulings Boost Odds to Win Chemical Rule Challenges

July 9, 2024 / by

Pat Rizzuto /

Bloomberg Law

Bob Sussman, former EPA Deputy Administrator and Senior Policy Counsel to the EPA Administrator, was quoted in Bloomberg Law about the Loper Bright case, saying that despite the overturning of Chevron, courts can still rely on agencies for expertise and knowledge.

Debate Flares Over How Quickly to Replace Many Lead Service Lines

July 8, 2024 / by

Sandy West /

WESA Pittsburgh

Ronnie Levin, former EPA Senior Scientist in Region 1, was quoted in WESA Pittsburgh about her 2023 analysis of EPA’s proposed Lead and Copper Improvements and the projected $9 billion in healthcare savings every year by replacing lead service lines.

Chicago’s Lead Problem

July 3, 2024 / by

Miles MacClure /

The Chicago Reader

Ronnie Levin, former EPA Senior Scientist in Region 1, was quoted in The Chicago Reader about the city’s lead service line problem, including the high replacement costs, slow progress of city replacement programs, and the difficulty of recording consistent lead levels across different types of pipes.

Supreme Court Rulings Endanger Environmental Protections

July 2, 2024 / by

Rachel Franzin and Zach Budryk /

The Hill

Stan Meiburg, former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6 and Acting EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in The Hill about the recent rulings’ effects on environmental policies and how the Corner Post decision is especially concerning because no federal rule can ever be fully settled.

How the Supreme Court Just Changed Climate Law, According to 9 Lawyers

July 2, 2024 / by

JAEL HOLZMAN and JILLIAN GOODMAN /

Heatmap

Stan Meiburg, former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6 and Acting EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in Heatmap as one of nine lawyers who were asked about the recent Supreme Court Rulings, saying that the effects of these decisions will be profound and should concern both conservatives and progressives.

EPA May See Difficulties Defending CERCLA PFAS Rule After Chevron’s End

July 2, 2024 / by

Suzanne Yohannan /

Inside EPA

Walter Mugdan, former EPA Region 2 Deputy Regional Administrator and Superfund Director, was quoted in Inside EPA about how overturning the Chevron deference will affect EPA’s recent designation of PFOA and PFOS as hazardous substances under CERCLA and whether or not the designations have questionable statutory interpretation that can be challenged in court.

Will Recent Supreme Court Rulings ‘Devastate the Functioning of The Federal Government?’

July 1, 2024 / by

Eric Katz /

Government Executive

Stan Meiburg, former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6 and Acting EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in Government Executive about the consequences of weakening the Chevron doctrine, saying that “The Chevron cure announced by the court will be worse than the disease.”

Court’s Good Neighbor Stay Makes All EPA Rules Vulnerable, Sources Say

June 27, 2024 / by

Dawn Reeves /

Inside EPA

Kevin Minoli, former EPA Acting General Counsel, was quoted in Inside EPA about the Supreme Court’s decision on Ohio, et al. v. EPA, et al., in which the court granted industry groups an emergency halt to EPA’s Good Neighbor Plan while it is reviewed in a D.C. appellate court, and the future implications of this decision.

What Chevron’s End Could Mean for EPA Climate Regulations

June 26, 2024 / by

Jean Chemnick /

E&E News

Stan Meiburg, former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6 and Acting EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in E&E News about the upcoming Supreme Court decision on the Chevron doctrine and projected how it will effect the EPA and environmental policy if weakened.

EPA Faces ‘Difficult Choices’ With Budget Cut

June 20, 2024 / by

Kevin Bogardus /

E&E News

Stan Meiburg, former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6 and Acting EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in E&E News about EPA’s challenges of navigating budget cuts while also implementing policy and continuing its core duties.

Amazon Eliminates 15 billion Plastic ‘Air Pillows’ From Delivery Boxes

June 20, 2024 / by

Heather Clancy /

GreenBiz

Judith Enck, former Regional Administrator for EPA Region 2 and founder of Beyond Plastics, was quoted in GreenBiz about the benefits of Amazon’s switch from “air pillow” plastic packaging inside delivery boxes to recycled paper.

Conodoguinet Creek the Focus of New Citizen Science Project

June 20, 2024 / by

Rachel McDevitt /

State Impact Pennsylvania

Betsy Southerland, former Director of the Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was quoted in StateImpact Pennsylvania about EPN’s technical assistance program and the assistance she provided to Move Past Plastic, a PA group working to determine pollution sources along the Conodoguinet Creek.

Consumer Groups Urge NHTSA to Get Toxic Flame Retardant Chemicals Out of Cars

June 18, 2024 / by

CollisionWeek Editor /

CollisionWeek

Linda Birnbaum, former Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Toxicology Program (NTP), was quoted in CollisionWeek calling on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to reevaluate the standards of harmful chemical flame retardants added to vehicle interiors.

For US Cities in Infrastructure Need, Grant Writers Wanted

June 14, 2024 / by

Patrick Sisson /

Bloomberg

EPN grant support was mentioned in Bloomberg in an article about the billions of dollars of federal funds coming out to support environmental justice and clean energy projects across the country.

Appeals Court Rejects Local Groups’ PFAS Testing Petition in 2-1 Ruling

June 14, 2024 / by

Peter Castagno /

Port City Daily

Bob Sussman, former EPA Deputy Administrator and Senior Policy Counsel to the EPA Administrator, was quoted in the Port City Daily after a federal appeals court rejected an EPA petition filed by Cape Fear River Watch, Clean Cape Fear, Toxic Free NC, and other environmental groups for extensive PFAS testing in North Carolina.

Why Scientists Fear a Second Trump Term, and What They Are Doing About It

June 12, 2024 / by

Maxine Joselow and Scott Dance /

The Washington Post

Jennifer Orme-Zavaleta, former Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Research and Development, was quoted in this article regarding the addition of a scientific integrity provision in the union contract for EPA’s largest union and other efforts to protect federal agency research from political manipulation.

Court Backs EPA’s ‘Forever Chemicals’ Testing Strategy

June 12, 2024 / by

Ellie Borst /

E&E News

Bob Sussman, counsel for several North Carolina-based environmental groups and former EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article discussing the decision of the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals to support EPA’s use of its PFAS National Testing Strategy to address a petition to test 54 different PFAS.

EPA’s Coal Ash Crackdown Comes With a Major Caveat

June 11, 2024 / by

Miranda Willson /

E&E News

Barnes Johnson, former Director, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, EPA Office of Land and Emergency Management, was quoted in E&E News about an updated EPA coal ash rule that requires companies to ensure that coal ash is contained and does not pollute nearby waterways.

How to Minimize Your Exposure to Microplastics

June 7, 2024 / by

Sarah Sloat /

The New York Times

Tracey Woodruff, Director, Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, University of California, San Francisco, and former senior scientist and policy advisor, EPA Office of Policy, was quoted in this article discussing ways to lessen exposure to microplastics that may be shed from food, clothing, and furniture.

Plastics Producers Are Following Big Tobacco’s Playbook, and We’re All Paying the Price

June 7, 2024 / by

Judith Enck /

The Hill

Judith Enck, President of Beyond Plastics and former Regional Administrator, EPA Region 2, wrote this op-ed about the false promise of chemical recycling and the need for legislation to stop plastic production and use.