How Bad Is The Air Quality On The Nipomo Mesa? Spikes In Pollution Are ‘Off The Map’

November 14, 2019 / by

Monica Vaughan /

The Tribune

EPN member Trish Koman, former Senior Environmental Scientist, Program Manager and Supervisor in EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was quoted in this article about particulate matter and air quality in the Nipomo Mesa.

Bad Air Forces People Inside In This Coastal California Town. Is It A Crisis Or Exaggeration?

November 13, 2019 / by

Monica Vaughan, Cassandra Garibay, and Ashley Ladin /

The Tribune

Trish Koman, EPN member and former Senior Environmental Scientist, Program Manager and Supervisor in EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was quoted in this article about air pollution spikes in California, forcing residents indoors when dust from Oceano Dunes blows into the county.

The U.S. EPA Amends Its ‘Transparency’ Proposal To Somehow Be Even More Terrible

November 13, 2019 / by

Yessenia Funes /

Gizmodo

John Bachmann, EPN member and former Associate Director for Science/Policy and New Programs, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, was quoted in this article about the science and transparency rule update after EPA released a statement calling a New York Times article about the rule inaccurate and misleading.

Trump Admin Advances High-Impact ‘Secret Science’ Rule

November 12, 2019 / by

Kelsey Brugger, Sean Reilly, and Ariel Wittenberg /

E&E News

Ronnie Levin, EPN member and former EPA Senior Scientist in Region 1, was quoted in this article about EPA’s revisions to the science and transparency rule proposal, which critics argue would limit the use of science in a wide range of EPA regulations.

Industry to EPA: Make permitting rollback retroactive

November 12, 2019 / by

Sean Reilly /

Greenwire

Janet McCabe, EPN advisor and former Acting Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in this article about industry pushing EPA to apply its rollback of permitting requirements retroactively, allowing companies to skirt grouping some operations as major pollution sources in need of permits.

EPA Calls Reporting on Proposed Rulemaking Update ‘Completely Misleading’

November 12, 2019 / by

Courtney Bublé /

Government Executive

EPN member Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was quoted in this article about EPA’s proposed updates to the science and transparency rule, which would require scientists to disclose all data, including medical records, before EPA could consider the study’s findings.

The EPA drafted a safety recommendation for cleaning firefighting chemicals from water. The military isn’t using it.

November 12, 2019 / by

Kyle Bagenstose /

Burlington County Times

EPN member Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was quoted in this article about PFAS chemicals and an internal military memo that indicates an unwillingness to adhere to EPA’s recommended limits for contamination.

New IU Website Allows Users To Weigh Local Climate Change Risk

November 12, 2019 / by

Meredith Colias-Pete /

Chicago Tribune

Janet McCabe, EPN advisor and former Acting Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in this article about Indiana University’s interactive website that measures climate vulnerability versus public readiness in each town and county in Indiana.

Uncertainty Reigns Over Major EPA Regulations, Enforcement Agreements

November 8, 2019 / by

Inside EPA /

Inside EPA

Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was quoted in this article about legal challenges to major environmental regulations, creating uncertainty as the Trump Administration withdraws from the Paris climate agreement and rewrites the rules of the Clean Water Act.

People Living Near Coal Plants Could Be Drinking ‘Toxic’ Contaminated Water Until 2028, Thanks To New EPA Ruling

November 8, 2019 / by

Rosie McCall /

Newsweek

EPN members Mustafa Santiago Ali, former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization, and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, and Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, were quoted in this article about EPA’s changes to regulations for coal ash and toxic wastewater and their disproportionate impacts on low-income and minority communities.

How The FDA And EPA’s Failure To Communicate Could Put Patients In Danger

November 7, 2019 / by

Sarah Karlin-Smith, Annie Snider, and Sarah Owermohle /

POLITICO

Janet McCabe, EPN member and former Acting Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in this article about FDA and EPA’s inability to agree on how to regulate ethylene oxide, a toxic chemical used to sterilize medical devices.

EPA Seeks to Speed Up Environmental Dispute Process

November 6, 2019 / by

Stephen Lee /

Bloomberg Environment

Stan Meiburg, EPN board member and former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6 and Acting Deputy Administrator, was also quoted in this article about changes EPA is making to its permit dispute settlement process in an attempt to streamline a lengthy, convoluted system; however, critics argue it could result in skipping important steps for vetting permits and regulations. Similar articles ran in the Washington Examiner and Law360.

Maps Highlight Michigan Cities, Groups That Will Bear Brunt Of Climate Change Effects

November 6, 2019 / by

Nardy Bickel /

Michigan News

Trish Koman, EPN member and former Senior Environmental Scientist, Program Manager and Supervisor in EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was quoted in this article about a tool developed at the University of Michigan to map communities that will bear the largest costs of rising temperatures.

Markets Can’t Reward Hypocrisy In Battle Over Vehicle Emissions Standards

November 6, 2019 / by

Margo Oge /

The Hill

EPN member Margo Oge, former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, wrote this op-ed about fuel efficiency standards and several major auto companies that recently decided to side with the Trump Administration in its conflict with California over tailpipe emission regulations.

Despite Court Losses, EPA Seeks To Ease Coal Plant Rules, Irking Critics

November 5, 2019 / by

David LaRoss /

Inside EPA

EPN members Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, and Mustafa Santiago Ali, former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization, and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, were quoted in this article about updates to the coal ash effluent guidelines, which loosens requirements for the treatment of chemical waste from coal plants.

How Trump Is Using the Environment to Attack California. It’s Not Just About Auto Standards.

November 5, 2019 / by

Marianne Lavelle /

InsideClimateNews

Janet McCabe, EPN member and former Acting Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in this article about EPA’s retaliatory moves against California over environmental regulations, from threatening to withhold highway infrastructure funds to an ongoing legal battle over fuel economy standards.

EPA Rolls Back Rule On Waste From Coal-Fired Power Plants

November 4, 2019 / by

Rebecca Beitsch /

The Hill

EPN members Mustafa Santiago Ali, former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization, and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, and Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, were quoted in this article about EPA’s decision to relax coal ash regulations and the dangerous effects it will have on communities that will continue to live near coal ash waste ponds.

Trump Files Paperwork To Formally Exit Paris Climate Accord

November 4, 2019 / by

Jennifer Dlouhy /

Bloomberg

EPN member Joe Goffman, former Associate Assistant Administrator for Climate and Senior Counsel, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in this article about the Trump Administration beginning the process of withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, which will remove commitments made to reduce carbon emissions by 26% by 2025. This article also ran in Fortune.

E.P.A. Weakens Rules Governing Toxic Water Pollution From Coal Plants

November 4, 2019 / by

Lisa Friedman /

The New York Times

EPN member Mustafa Santiago Ali, former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization, and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was quoted in this article about EPA’s decision to relax regulations on coal ash disposal and the impact this will have on low-income and minority populations that disproportionately live near coal ash impounds.

U.S. Starts Process to Exit Paris Climate Agreement

November 4, 2019 / by

Jessica Donati /

Wall Street Journal

Bob Perciasepe, EPN member and former EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article about the US officially submitting its notification to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, citing an unfair economic burden on workers and businesses.

Trump Carbon Rule Defense: A Double-Edged Sword?

November 4, 2019 / by

Niina H. Farah /

Energywire

EPN member Joe Goffman, former Associate Assistant Administrator for Climate and Senior Counsel, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in this article about how the Trump Administration’s strategy for repealing the Clean Power Plan by limiting the legal authority to create emissions regulations in the first place may even undermine its own replacement.

EPA To Scale Back Federal Rules Restricting Waste From Coal-Fired Power Plants

November 3, 2019 / by

Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis /

Washington Post

EPN member Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was quoted in this article about EPA’s recent decision to relax rules governing how power plants store and dispose of coal ash. Similar articles ran in Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, Greenwire, and Bloomberg Environment.

EPA Air Monitoring Around Denka Plant Could End After This Year; Agency ‘Evaluating Future’

November 2, 2019 / by

Nick Reimann /

The Times-Picayune

Stan Meiburg, EPN board member and former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6 and Acting Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article about six air monitoring stations in Denka, Louisiana and chloroprene emissions from a nearby chemical plant; however, EPA has yet to commit funding to continue operating these stations next year.

Trump Makes U-Turn On Fuel Economy Standards

November 1, 2019 / by

Maxine Joselow /

Greenwire

Margo Oge, EPN member and former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was quoted in this article about the Trump Administration’s decision to back down from freezing fuel economy standards at 2020 levels and its proposal for a 1.5% annual increase in fuel efficiency.