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Trump Is Wrong About EPA Science

April 10, 2018 / by

Ruth Greenspan Bell /


Ruth Greenspan Bell, a former EPA attorney who serves as president of EPN’s Board of Directors, shared her views on Trump’s attack on science in an opinion column published in numerous newspapers.

Former EPA Workers: Trump’s Budget Proposal Continues ‘Aggressive Pattern’ of Slashing Staff

Feb 23, 2018 / by

Jory Heckman /

Federal News Radio

EPN member and budget analyst David Coursen, who worked in the EPA Office of General Council for 20 years, is quoted on the administration’s attempt to downsize the agency in this article reporting on EPN’s analysis of the proposed EPA budget for FY2019.

EPA’s Planned Budget Cuts Alarm Former Employees, Union

Feb 21, 2018 / by

Charles S. Clark /

Government Executive

This report talks about EPN’s analysis of the fiscal 2019 budget, which would leave the EPA with a greatly diminished workforce, cut 48% of science funding, and leave essential programs for clear air, water, and land at risk.

Budget Deadline for Gutting the EPA Has Arrived

Dec 7, 2017 / by

Angela K. Evans /

Boulder Weekly

EPN members Carol Campbell and David Coursen are quoted in this article about President Trump’s sweeping 2018 budget cut proposal for the EPA. The Boulder Weekly also cites EPN analysis on workforce reductions resulting from the proposed FY2018 budget.

Organizing in New Jersey to Protect Our Health & Environment from Big EPA Cuts

Sept 5, 2017 / by

Food and Water Watch /

Food and Water Watch

EPN is quoted in this article on the devastating effects the FY2018 budget proposal by the House Appropriations Committee would have on the EPA, despite being a “smaller cut” than proposed by the Trump Administration.

Programs at Risk

Radio Interview with EPN Member John Kennedy, Region 9

May 5, 2018 / by

Rabbi Ted Feldman /

Petaluma Radio: Talking with Rabbi Ted

EPN member John Kennedy – who worked 30+ years at EPA – speaks about what led him to the agency, his retirement and ongoing volunteer and community work and the importance of protecting clean air in the face of his own lung disease and Administrator Scott Pruitt’s efforts to undermine essential regulations.

For Former EPA Worker, Now Is No Time to Stay Silent

May 13, 2018 / by

Yousef Baig /

Argus Courier

Much of EPN member John Kennedy’s three decades at the EPA’s San Francisco office was spent protecting clean air. Along with his passions for community and volunteer work, Kennedy is now spending a politically engaged retirement speaking out against the Trump/Pruitt administration.

I Used to Work at the EPA. Now I Have Lung Disease and Depend on It.

March 26, 2018 / by

John Kennedy /

USA Today

John Kennedy is an EPN member and EPA retiree. He spent more than 30 years at the EPA developing systems to protect clean air and mitigate toxic contamination–systems he now relies heavily upon due to his advanced lung disease. This is his op-ed in USA Today.

The EPA Killed This Newspaper’s Funding. Was It Something They Said?

Feb 7, 2018 / by

Jacob Fenston /

WAMU 88.5 American University

Nick DiPasquale, retired head of the Chesapeake Bay Program in Annapolis, and Rich Kuhlman, who spent 30 years working on grants at the EPA, are both current EPN members and are quoted in this story about the Bay Journal’s loss of EPA grant funding, a possible violation of its First Amendment rights.

Under Siege—Again

Jan - Feb 2018 / by

Cheryl E. Wasserman /

The Environmental Forum

EPN member Cheryl Wasserman served for 43 years in senior positions in the EPA’s policy and enforcement offices. This is her article about the threat EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt poses to environmental enforcement.

Regulatory Rollbacks

Even the White House’s Budget Office Admits Environmental Benefits Outweigh the Costs

June 14, 2018 / by

David F. Coursen /

The Hill

David Coursen, EPN member and former Attorney-Advisor for the EPA’s Office of General Counsel, wrote this op-ed in The Hill. In it he addresses the prevailing view of the Trump administration that regulations have been inflated and are costly, despite his own Office of Management and Budget’s findings that environmental regulations save lives and money.

The Chemical Industry Scores a Big Win at the EPA

June 7, 2018 / by

Eric Lipton /

The New York Times

EPN member Robert Sussman, a former chemical industry lawyer and EPA official who now works for the advocacy group Safer Chemical, Healthy Families, is quoted in this article on how the Trump Administration has succumbed to heavy lobbying by the chemical industry and is  moving to scale back how it determines the health risks of dangerous chemicals on the market.

The EPA Has a New Plan That’s Good for Business and Bad for Bodies

May 29, 2018 / by

Jennifer Lu /

Popular Science

EPN members Janet McCabe and John Bachmann are quoted about Scott Pruitt’s “censored science” proposal in this article in Popular Science. The proposal would restrict the use of studies that EPA can consider in creating regulations to protect land, air and water.

Science—The Hidden Gem at the Heart of the EPA and Why You Should Support It

May 8, 2018 / by

Robert Kavlock /

Union of Concerned Scientists Blog

Robert Kavlock is the former Acting Assistant Administrator for the EPA Office of Research and Development and a retired EPA Science Advisor. He is currently an EPN member and has written this piece on the Trump/Pruitt attack on science.

Andrea Mitchell Reports—Interview with EPN Member John Kennedy

May 4, 2018 / by

Andrea Mitchell /

Andrea Mitchell Report, MSNBC

EPN member John Kennedy worked 30+ years at the EPA and has been diagnosed with an advanced lung condition. He joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss the importance of clean air–especially as Administrator Scott Pruitt undermines essential regulation.

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