A Neglected Environmental Justice Issue: Indoor Plumbing

August 6, 2020 / by

David Coursen /

The Hill

Dave Coursen, EPN member and former EPA Office of General Counsel, published this op-ed on how indoor plumbing exacerbates environmental inequities in lower-wealth communities.

Toxic Chemicals May be in Fast Food Wrappers and Take-Out Containers, Report Says

August 6, 2020 / by

Sandee LaMotte /

CNN

Linda Birnbaum, EPN member and former EPA scientist, was quoted in this article regarding the toxicity of fast food wrappers and take out containers.

For Some Environmentalists, ‘I can’t breathe’ is About More Than Police Brutality

August 4, 2020 / by

Isabelle Chapman and Drew Kann /

CNN

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 about how lower-income neighborhoods disproportionately face the impacts of pollution and climate change. 

The Energy 202: Two of Biden’s Veep Contenders Roll Out Environmental Justice Bill in Senate

August 4, 2020 / by

Dino Grandoni /

Washington Post

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 the Environmental Justice for All Act.

EPA Rule Extends Life of Toxic Coal Ash Ponds

July 30, 2020 / by

Rebecca Beitsch /

The Hill

Daniel Costa, EPN member and former National Program Director, EPA Air, Climate, and Energy Research Program, was quoted in this article concerning a final rule by EPA that would extend the life of coal ash ponds.

Ozone Levels do not Plummet This Summer Despite Lower Vehicle Traffic

July 30, 2020 / by

Anne Snabes /

Indianapolis Star

Janet McCabe, EPN member and former Acting Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in this article about ground-level ozone levels remaining high despite low traffic levels. 

Bill Would Mandate EPA Require Toxic Emissions Monitoring

July 29, 2020 / by

Amena Saiyid /

Bloomberg

Janet McCabe, EPN member and former Acting Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in this article discussing legislation proposed by Congress that would mandate EPA to monitor toxic emissions.

Dozens of Facilities Skipping out on EPA Pollution Monitoring Have Prior Offenses

July 29, 2020 / by

Rachel Frazin /

The Hill

Eric Schaeffer, EPN member and former director of EPA’s Office of Civil Enforcement, was quoted in this article about facilities skipping water pollution monitoring requirements despite having prior infractions. 

Strongest Evidence Yet Shows Air Pollution Kills

July 29, 2020 / by

Susan Cosier /

Scientific American

John Bachmann, EPN member and former Associate Director for Science and Policy and New Programs, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, was quoted in an article by Scientific American concerning evidence linking particulate matter to high mortality rates.

Pebble Mine Critics Threaten Suit Over Final EIS Clearing Path For Project

July 24, 2020 / by

Lara Beaven /

Inside EPA

EPN members Mustafa Santiago Ali, former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, and Dennis McLerran former Regional Administrator, EPA Region 10, were quoted in this article concerning the Army Corps of Engineer’s findings that the Pebble Mine would have no measurable environmental impact on Bristol Bay.

Hundreds of Toxic Superfund Sites Imperiled by Sea-Level Rise, Study Warns

July 28, 2020 / by

David Hasemyer /

InsideClimate News

Bill Muno, EPN member and former Director, Region 5 Superfund Division, was quoted in this article concerning the risks posed by sea-level rise on toxic superfund sites.

INSIGHT: Amazon and Seattle Kraken’s ‘Climate Pledge’ Is Promising, but Incomplete

July 28, 2020 / by

Mustafa Santiago Ali and Kunal Merchant /

Bloomberg

Mustafa Santiago Ali, EPN member and former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, co-wrote this op-ed on Amazon and the Seattle Kraken’s decision to change the name of Seattle’s Key Arena to the “Climate Pledge Arena.”

Environmental Racism is Killing Americans of Color. Climate Change Will Make it Worse

July 28, 2020 / by

Mustafa Santiago Ali /

The Guardian

Mustafa Santiago Ali, EPN member and former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, penned this op-ed on how communities of color and low-wealth neighborhoods are disproportionately affected by climate change and pollution.

Trump’s Vehicle Emissions Rollback Faces EPA Inspector General Probe

July 27, 2020 / by

Sean O'Kane /

The Verge

Janet McCabe, EPN member and former Acting Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in this article regarding an investigation into the Trump administration’s vehicle emission rollback.

EPA Watchdog Kicks Off Probe After Agency Slashed Fuel Efficiency Regs

July 27, 2020 / by

Rebecca Beitsch /

The Hill

Jeff Alson, EPN member and former Senior Engineer and Policy Advisor, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was quoted in this article regarding a Congressional probe into EPA’s Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule.

Mine Developer Sees Review as Positive for Alaska Project

July 24, 2020 / by

Becky Bohrer /

Associated Press

Dennis McLerran former Regional Administrator, EPA Region 10, was quoted in this article concerning the Army Corps of Engineer’s findings that the Pebble Mine would have no measurable environmental impact on Bristol Bay. Dennis was also quoted in similar articles by CNN, E&E News, S&P Global and The Cordova Times.

Congressman John Lewis: A Champion for Civil Rights and Environmental Justice

July 24, 2020 / by

Mustafa Santiago Ali /

The Hill

Mustafa Santiago Ali, EPN member and former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, wrote this op-ed remembering the late Congressman John Lewis and his work on civil rights and environmental justice.

Critics Fear EPA Appeals Shakeup Sidelines Environmental Justice

July 24, 2020 / by

Ellen Gilmer /

Bloomberg

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 the environmental justice implications of the changes to the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB).

We Still Have a Shot to Save Ourselves From Plastic Doom

July 23, 2020 / by

Dharna Noor /

Earther

Judith Enck, EPN member and former EPA Regional Administrator for Region 2, was quoted in this article regarding opportunities to reduce plastic waste. Judith was also interviewed by WAMC on The Roundtable Panel. 

EPA Overhauls Permit Appeals Process

July 23, 2020 / by

Kelsey Brugger /

E&E News

 Timothy Whitehouse, EPN member and former senior attorney at EPA, was quoted in this article regarding EPA’s revisions to the EAB. 

EPA’s Proposed Aircraft CO2 Standard is Already Obsolete

July 22, 2020 / by

Margo Oge /

Forbes

Margo Oge, EPN member and former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, wrote this op-ed concerning EPA’s proposed CO2 standard for aircraft.

Enthusiasm Over the Environment is Down — We Must Stay Vigilant

July 22, 2020 / by

Timothy Whitehouse /

The Hill

Timothy Whitehouse, EPN member and former senior attorney at EPA, penned this op-ed on the declining public concern for the environment amidst social unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sierra Club Denounces Founder John Muir For Racism

July 22, 2020 / by

Kirk Siegler /

NPR Illinois

 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 about the Sierra Club. Mustafa was also quoted in The Quarantine Review concerning societal structures that have been built on racism. 

Major Defeats for Pipelines…and Trump.

July 22, 2020 / by

Reid Frazier /

Trump on Earth

Mustafa Santiago Ali, EPN member and former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was quoted on this podcast about the recent defeats of American pipelines.