Delaware, New Jersey Lawmakers Accuse EPA of Deceit Over Clean Car Standards

May 25, 2019 / by

Susan Phillips /

State Impact

EPN member Jeff Alson, former EPA Senior Engineer and Policy Advisor, Office of Transportation and Air Quality is quoted in the State Impact article about a letter sent to Administrator Wheeler from Delaware Sen. Tom Carper and New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone, accusing him of listening to the fossil fuel industry over EPA’s own expert staff.

Trump Appointees Shunted Scientists on Pollution at Foxconn Site in Wisconsin

May 25, 2019 / by

Jennifer A. Dlouhy and Amena Saiyid /

Bloomberg Environment

Janet McCabe, former EPA Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, is quoted in this Bloomberg article about EPA’s initial plan to label Racine County in Wisconsin as violating federal air quality standards for ozone in 2017, and its subsequent course reversal in 2018 after appeals by Wisconsin’s governor and the direction of then-EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

EPA Veteran: Changing Math on Air Pollution Is Deadly

May 23, 2019 / by

Christiane Amanpour /

CNN

John Bachmann, EPN member and former Associate Director for Science/Policy and New Programs, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, was interviewed by Christiane Amanpour about EPA’s controversial plan to change how it calculates the health risks of air pollution.

7 Former EPA Administrators Offer to Help Congress with Agency Oversight

May 22, 2019 / by

Ellie Kaufman /

CNN

EPN is mentioned in this CNN article about the seven former Democratic and Republican EPA administrators who sent a letter to Congress offering assistance, as the Trump administration seeks to roll back clean air and water regulations, among other policy changes. This story also ran in numerous other media outlets: KLIF-AM, WOKI-FM, KAOK-AM, California Coastal Coalition, KMJ-AM, News Stand HubReddit, WRAL.com, Channel 3000, and WFMZ-TV.

Former Chiefs Say Agency ‘Ripe for Oversight’

May 22, 2019 / by

Kevin Bogardus /

E&E News

EPN Advisor William Ruckelshaus, former EPA Administrator (1970-1973 and 1983-1985), and EPN member Bonnie Bellow, former EPA Director, Public Affairs Division, Region 2, are quoted in this article about seven former EPA administrators sending a letter to Congress, offering their assistance in creating an oversight strategy and a path forward for the agency.

Science Advisers Want to Clear the Air for EPA on Co-Benefits

May 21, 2019 / by

Amena H. Saiyid /

Bloomberg Environment

EPN member Janet McCabe, former EPA Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, is quoted in this article about the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s oversight panel holding a hearing to probe the EPA’s use of co-benefits. The hearing examined EPA’s December 2018 proposal related to mercury emissions from power plants. Janet is also quoted in another Bloomberg article, as well as articles in Greenwire and Think Progress, also on the topic of the Trump administration planning to write new rules for how it weighs the human costs and benefits of environmental regulations.

EPA Claims To Support ‘Clean And Safe Water,’ Cuts $1.4 Billion From Water Protection

May 21, 2019 / by

David Coursen /

Water Online

David Coursen, EPN member and former EPA Office of General Counsel, wrote an op-ed published in Water Online about the EPA budget proposal’s staggering cuts to water protection and restoration programs, despite Administrator Wheeler’s claim that drinking water is the world’s greatest environmental challenge.

Trump Threatens to Cut EPA Budget Once Again

May 20, 2019 / by

Barbara Bernstein /

KBOO FM

EPN member Betsy Southerland, former Director, EPA Office of Science and Technology in the Office of Water, was interviewed about her decision to leave EPA after 40 years due to Trump’s plan to gut the agency. She continues to speak out as the current administration proposes staggering budget cuts and regulatory rollbacks that endanger public health and the environment.

A Picture of the Solid Waste Industry in Today’s Climate

May 21 2019 / by

Karen Graham /

Digital Journal

EPN member Mustafa Santiago Ali, former EPA Environmental Justice Administrator, is quoted in this  article about the long history of municipal solid waste incinerators in America and the resistance among the low-income and minority communities where the vast majority are located.

EPA May Struggle to Meet Its Own Ozone Review Deadlines

May 17, 2019 / by

Amena H. Saiyid /

Bloomberg Environment

EPN member John Bachmann, former EPA Associate Director for Science/Policy and New Programs, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, is quoted in the Bloomberg Environment article about EPA’s goal of reviewing ozone pollution standards by the end of 2020, which may not be possible and could risk undermining the entire project.

This Town Didn’t Want to Be a Radioactive Waste Dump. The Government Is Giving Them No Choice.

May 16, 2019 / by

Yessinia Funes /

Earther

Kathy Setian, EPN member and former EPA Superfund Project Manager, Region 9, is quoted in this article about a landfill—or “on-site waste disposal cell,” as the DOE calls it—being built in south central Ohio, which will be one of the largest nuclear waste dumps east of the Mississippi when finished.

Getting Rid Of This Vehicle Fuel Economy Standard Is Actually A Great Way To Combat Climate Change

May 15 2019 / by

Margo One /

Forbes

EPN member Margo Oge, former Director, EPA Office of Radiation and Indoor Air and Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality, wrote an op-ed about the insufficient law that sets federal fuel economy standards and how President Trump has contorted it into an illegitimate way to attack states working to reduce greenhouse gases and air pollution. Margo is also quoted in a Climatewire article that talks about her opinion piece.

Past Officials Don’t See ‘Grand Plan’ on Climate Modeling

May 15, 2019 / by

Jean Chemnick /

E&E News

EPN members Dan Costa, former National Program Director, EPA Air, Climate, and Energy Research Program; Joe Goffman, former Associate Assistant Administrator for Climate and Senior Counsel, EPA Office of Air and Radiation; Anna Phillips, former Program Manager, EPA Office of International Affairs; and Chris Zarba, former Director, EPA Science Advisory Board, are quoted in this about whether the administration might restrict the use of climate models in the future, potentially leading to large changes in public policy.

What The Hal? The Air We Breathe

May 15 2019 / by

Hal Eisner /

Fox 11 Los Angeles

Wayne Nastri, EPN member and former EPA Administrator, Region 9, was interviewed on What about the air we breathe and the progress in air quality over the years, despite Los Angeles and Southern California counties receiving a failing grade on the American Lung Association’s report card.

HBO GO Vice News

May 10, 2019 / by

Vice Staff /

Vice News

EPN member Stan Meiburg, former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6 and Acting Deputy Administrator, was interviewed for in this Vice News segment comparing 2008 and 2019 versions of a guidebook on managing disaster debris. In spite of the administration’s position on climate change, the revised 2019 guidebook emphasizes the connections between natural disasters and climate, and the need to be prepared.

Data Concerns Fuel Controversy Over TSCA PV29 Risk Evaluation

May 10, 2019 / by

Kelly Franklin /

Chemical Watch

EPN member Robert Sussman, former EPA Deputy Administrator and Senior Policy Counsel to Administrator, is quoted in this article about whether the public can trust TSCA risk evaluations without access to full and unredacted copies of health and safety information.

Frustrated With EPA, Lawmakers Seek Bipartisan Approach On Asbestos

May 10, 2019 / by

Inside EPA Staff /

Inside EPA

EPN members Robert Sussman, former EPA Deputy Administrator and Senior Policy Counsel to Administrator, is quoted in this article about House lawmakers signaling that they are willing to pursue bipartisan negotiations on a Democratic bill that would outright ban the import and use of asbestos due to frustration over EPA’s handling of the substance under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

EPA Disregards Own Scientists on Asbestos Ban

May 9, 2019 / by

Peter Castagno /

Citizen Truth

EPN member Betsy Southerland, former Director, EPA Office of Science and Technology in the Office of Water, is quoted in the Citizen Truth article about The New York Times report that revealed EPA officials disregarded the recommendations of their own scientists when issuing a rule that restricts Asbestos use but does not ban it. 

Stalled Secret Science Rule Already Impacting Regulatory Review

May 7, 2019 / by

Tom Oates /

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

EPN members John Bachmann, former Associate Director for Science/Policy and New Programs, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, and Betsy Southerland, former Director, EPA Office of Science and Technology in the Office of Water, are quoted in this article (11th from the top) about EPA’s proposed transparency rule, which would require the agency to rely only on methods and data that are specifically identified, publicly available, and substantially reproducible.

Former EPA Staffer on Why Marginalized Communities Seserve a Voice in Environmental Policy

May 7, 2019 / by

Stateside Staff /

NPR Michigan Radio

EPN member Mustafa Santiago Ali, former EPA Environmental Justice Administrator, was interviewed on NPR Stateside about the need for marginalized communities to have a voice in environmental policy.

 

EPA Expands Asbestos SNUR While Curbing Risk Evaluation, Irking Critics

May 6, 2019 / by

Maria Hegstad /

Inside EPA

EPN members Robert Sussman, former EPA Deputy Administrator and Senior Policy Counsel to Administrator; Betsy Southerland, former Director, EPA Office of Science and Technology in the Office of Water; and Gary Timm, former EPA Chief of the Chemical Testing Branch of the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, are quoted in this article about EPA’s finalized rule regulating renewed uses of asbestos, which expanded the number of applications subject to regulation but cut some of those applications from a related risk evaluation of existing uses, angering critics and renewing the call for a total ban on asbestos.

INSIGHT: EPA Groundwater Cleanup Guidance Not Protective

May 6, 2019 / by

Betsy Southerland /

Bloomberg Environment

EPN member Betsy Southerland, former Director, EPA Office of Science and Technology in the Office of Water, wrote an op-ed about the Trump administration’s Draft Interim Recommendations to Address Groundwater Contaminated with PFOA and PFOS, chemicals that are part of a class of per- and polyfluorinated (PFAS) substances found in many consumer products. They persist for years in the environment and in the human body and have the potential to cause serious health effects.

Industry Raises Fears Over EPA’s Asbestos Shift But Largely Backs SNUR

May 6, 2019 / by

Maria Hegstad /

Inside EPA

EPN members Robert Sussman, former EPA Deputy Administrator and Senior Policy Counsel to Administrator is quoted in this article about industry lawyers who represent chemical and other industries generally backing EPA’s recently expanded significant new use rule (SNUR) governing legacy uses of asbestos.

House Panel Talks Health Effects of Climate Change

April 30, 2019 / by

Brandi Buchman /

Courthouse News Service

Dr. Bernard Goldstein, EPN member and former EPA Chair of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee and former EPA Assistant Administrator for Research and Development, is quoted in this article about the House Oversight and Government Reform Environment Subcommittee’s hearing on climate change and how Congress must address increased rates of asthma, the spread of disease, and an uptick in mental and behavioral health issues linked to a warming and increasingly polluted planet.