Interview with Mustafa Santiago Ali and Collin O’Mara

July 10, 2019 / by

Dean Obeidallah /

The Dean Obeidallah Show

Mustafa Santiago Ali, EPN member and former EPA Environmental Justice Administrator, was interviewed along with Collin O’Mara from The National Wildlife Federation on this segment about climate change and the disproportionate effects of pollution on minority and low-income populations.

Lawmakers Continue Push For PFAS Provisions In Military Spending Bill, Draw Trump Veto Threat

July 10, 2019 / by

Kyle Bagenstose /

Burlington County Times

Bill Muno, EPN member and former Superfund Director in EPA Region 5, was quoted in this article about a Congressional effort to attach provisions that would require EPA action on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the next two years to a must-pass military spending bill. This article also ran in the Bucks County Courier Times.

White House Says New Pollution Controls Business, Environmentally Friendly

July 9, 2019 / by

Kyle Midura /

Gray DC

Mustafa Santiago Ali, EPN member and former EPA Environmental Justice Administrator was interviewed in this segment about EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, which replaces the Clean Power Plan (CPP) and is projected to increase the number of premature deaths due to air pollution in America. (Clip starts at 1:00).  This article and video also appeared in KTUU.

EPA Aims to Tie Democrats’ Hands for Good on Power Plant Carbon

July 8, 2019 / by

Abby Smith /

Bloomberg Environment

Joe Goffman, EPN member and former Associate Assistant Administrator for Climate and Senior Counsel, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in this article about EPA’s new interpretation of the term “best system of emission reduction” in the Clean Air Act, which could legally prevent future administrations from curtailing air pollutants.

Few Of Trump’s Environmental Claims Stand Up To Scrutiny

July 8, 2019 / by

Anna Phillips /

LA Times

EPN member Stan Meiburg, former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Regions 4 and 6, as well as former Acting Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article about a speech on environmental leadership by President Trump where he touted significant progress on clean air and water, which was actually generated by previous administrations and external forces.

Trump To Give Speech On ‘America’s Environmental Leadership’

July 8, 2019 / by

Rebecca Beitsch and Miranda Green /

The Hill

EPN member Mustafa Santiago Ali, former EPA Environmental Justice Administrator, was quoted in this article about President Trump’s speech on his administration’s environmental achievements, including rollbacks of important regulations on methane emissions and pollution from transportation and power plants.

Trump Touts Environmental Policies, But Says Nothing Of Climate Change

July 8, 2019 / by

Miranda Green /

The Hill

EPN members Betsy Southerland, former Director, EPA Office of Science and Technology in the Office of Water, and Joe Goffman, former Associate Assistant Administrator for Climate and Senior Counsel, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, were quoted in this article about President Trump’s speech that emphasized that environmental leadership means saving the fossil fuel industry at the expense of public health.

Trump Promotes Environmental Record Despite Rollbacks

July 8, 2019 / by

Ellen Knickmeyer and Kevin Freking /

Associated Press

EPN members Jeff Alson, former EPA Senior Engineer and Policy Advisor, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, and Mustafa Santiago Ali, former EPA Environmental Justice Administrator, were quoted in this article on President Trump’s speech that claimed leadership on environmental policies, while the administration simultaneously rolls back important public health regulations and props up the coal industry. This article also ran in Washington Post, US News, RealClearPoliticsKTLALancasterOnlineThe Spokesman ReviewGlobal NewsMy StatelineStarTribune, and The Daily News.

Trump Touts Environmental Record Despite Slashing Climate Regulations

July 8, 2019 / by

Emily Holden /

The Guardian

EPN members Mustafa Santiago Ali, former EPA Environmental Justice Administrator, and Joe Goffman, former Associate Assistant Administrator for Climate and Senior Counsel, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, are quoted in this article about Trump’s environmental leadership speech and inconsistencies between his rhetoric and actions, as the administration has been focused on slashing climate regulations.

Trump Says ‘We Only Have One Planet’ As Administration Continues To Roll Back Regs

July 8, 2019 / by

Stephanie Ebbs /

ABC News

Stan Meiburg, EPN member and former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Regions 4 and 6, as well as former Acting Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article about President Trump’s pledge to support clean air and water during a speech on environmental leadership, despite his administration rolling back dozens of regulations on pollution.

Trump’s Not-So-Secret War On State Environmental Protection

July 6, 2019 / by

David Coursen /

The Hill

David Coursen, EPN member and former EPA Office of General Counsel, wrote this op-ed about the Trump Administration’s attacks on state-level environmental protection efforts, from proposed budget cuts for brownfield programs to potential rescindment of waivers that allow states to set standards that are more stringent than at the federal level.

Terre Haute Meets Air Quality Standard For Sulfur Dioxide

July 3, 2019 / by

Emily Cox /

Indiana Public Media

Janet McCabe, EPN member and former EPA Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in this article about air quality in Terre Haute and two locations that have now met the National Ambient Air Quality Standard requirements for sulfur dioxide. This article also ran in WFYI.

8 Rules On The New Air Chief’s Agenda

July 1, 2019 / by

Niina H. Farah /

Greenwire

Joe Goffman, EPN member and former Associate Assistant Administrator for Climate and Senior Counsel, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in this article about EPA’s new acting director for the Office of Air and Radiation, Anne Idsal, and the current pace of deregulation that will continue even under new management.

Former EPA Staffers Denounce Move to Exempt Texas From Air Rules

July 1, 2019 / by

Paul Stinson /

Bloomberg Environment

Janet McCabe, EPN member and former EPA Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in this article about the Region 6 proposed Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) alternative interpretation that would grant immunity to industrial facilities for emissions during malfunction, startup, and shutdown.

The Sack Of Washington

June 30, 2019 / by

Paul D. Thacker /

Huffington Post

Lynn Goldman, EPN member and former Assistant Administrator for Toxic Substances, EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, was quoted in this article about a coordinated effort by several individuals advising the Trump Administration to downplay the risks of dangerous chemicals in recent EPA decisions.

What Does Trump’s New Carbon Emissions Rule Mean For Kentucky?

June 28, 2019 / by

Ryan Van Velzer /

89.3 WFPL

Janet McCabe, EPN member and former EPA Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in this article about EPA’s replacement for the Clean Power Plan, a new agency analysis that exaggerates the benefits of this move, and the effects that these will have on the state of Kentucky.

House Votes To Hike Chesapeake Bay Cleanup, But Senate Support Uncertain

June 28, 2019 / by

Tamara Dietrich /

Daily Press

EPN member Lisa Feldt, former EPA Acting Deputy Administrator and Associate Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article about new funding provided by the House of Representatives for Chesapeake Bay cleanup in an Interior Appropriations bill; however, its fate in the Senate remains uncertain. A similar article ran in The Baltimore Sun.

We Helped Write The Clean Power Plan, And Trump’s Do-Nothing Replacement Is An Outrage

June 27, 2019 / by

Janet McCabe and Joe Goffman /

Newsweek

EPN members Janet McCabe, former EPA Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, and Joe Goffman, former Associate Assistant Administrator for Climate and Senior Counsel, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, joined former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in writing this op-ed about EPA’s replacement for the Clean Power Plan, which rolls back emissions reductions requirements and provides incentives to keep coal-fired power plants running.

Sterigenics Moves To Upgrade Shuttered Device Sterilization Plant

June 27, 2019 / by

Nancy Crotti /

Medical Design & Outsourcing

EPN member Penny Fenner-Crisp, former Senior Science Advisor to the Director, EPA Office of Pesticide Programs, was quoted in this article about an Illinois medical device sterilization plant that was closed for violating ethylene oxide emissions requirements. New federal guidelines for ethylene oxide are expected this summer, with the Illinois plant upgrading its controls in an attempt to demonstrate compliance.

Another Top EPA Official Is Out Amid Ethics Scandal

June 27, 2019 / by

Yessenia Funes /

Gizmodo

Joe Goffman, EPN member and former Associate Assistant Administrator for Climate and Senior Counsel, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in this article about the departure of EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation Bill Wehrum, emphasizing the negligible effect this will have on the Trump Administration’s deregulation agenda. Similar articles also appeared in Climatewire and Inside EPA.

Looming EPA Ethylene Oxide Rules Hang Over Device Supply Chain

June 25, 2019 / by

David Lim /

MedTech Drive

EPN member Penny Fenner-Crisp, former Senior Science Advisor to the Director, EPA Office of Pesticide Programs, is quoted in this article about a medical device disinfectant, ethylene oxide, that was found to have carcinogenic effects, which could lead to potential new regulations that could ban or limit the use of such a chemical.

We’re fracking the hell out of the U.S.A. Can a president slam on the brakes?

June 26, 2019 / by

Mark Kaufman /

Mashable

Joe Goffman, EPN member and former Associate Assistant Administrator for Climate and Senior Counsel, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in this article about natural gas’ unique space as an industrial input that still harms the environment, yet is simultaneously helping to wean the country off of coal.

EPA Wants Minimal Limits On Poison In Drinking Water

June 25, 2019 / by

Sarah Okeson /

DCReport

EPN member Betsy Southerland, former Director of the EPA Office of Science and Technology in the Office of Water, was quoted in this article about EPA’s proposed perchlorate regulations that are set more than nine times higher than several states, which ignores scientific expertise and could have dangerous effects on public health, particularly for sensitive populations. This article also ran in AlterNet and RawStory.

Trump Administration Buries Studies Proving Effects of Climate Change

June 25, 2019 / by

Harmon Leon /

Observer

Joe Goffman, EPN member and former Associate Assistant Administrator for Climate and Senior Counsel, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in this article about the Trump Administration’s attempts to bury a study from the US Department of Agriculture that shows dangerous conditions in the future due to climate change and rising carbon dioxide levels.