Missouri’s Sam Graves Can Use New Power to Take Aim at Controversial Clean Water Rule

January 23, 2023 / by

Daniel Desrochers /

The Kansas City Star

Stan Meiburg, former EPA Acting Deputy Administrator and former Regional Administrator, EPA Regions 4 and 6, was quoted in this article discussing the challenges in interpreting and implementing the rules protecting the waters of the U.S.

Depleted Under Trump, a ‘Traumatized’ E.P.A. Struggles with Its Mission

January 23, 2023 / by

Lisa Friedman /

The New York Times

Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was quoted in this article about how EPA is still struggling to meet its regulatory deadlines because of chronic underfunding, despite the recent influx of money from the climate bill.

An Electrification Pathway to Meet Climate Goals: Part One – The Potential

January 20, 2023 / by

Art Smith /

Climate Policy Insights

Art Smith, former Senior Attorney, EPA Region 5, wrote this blog post discussing how the U.S.’s ability to meet the international climate goal of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 °C by the year 2100 will require a renewable energy supply that can meet electrical demands.

No End in Sight for Jackson’s Water Crisis

January 18, 2023 / by

William P. Muhammad /

The Final Call

Mustafa Santiago Ali, former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and former EPA Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was quoted in this article about the continuing water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi, and the historical disinvestment in the infrastructure of Black communities.

Industry Wants Congress to Step in on TSCA New Chemical Reviews, Missed Deadlines

January 18, 2023 / by

News Staff /

Chemical Watch

Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was quoted in this article discussing how increased House oversight will not necessarily lead to industry-requested changes to EPA’s TSCA program since the program remains seriously underfunded. Betsy was also quoted in a related Chemical Watch article about what to expect from the TSCA program in 2023.

A Risk to Biden’s Climate Law: Depleted Agencies

January 17, 2023 / by

Adam Aton /

E&E News

Judith Enck, former Regional Administrator, EPA Region 2, was quoted in this article regarding the staffing risks EPA and other federal agencies continue to face from appropriators despite the funding provided in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act.

Locally Caught Fish Are Full of Dangerous Chemicals Called PFAS, Study Finds

January 17, 2023 / by

Sandee LaMotte /

CNN

Linda Birnbaum, former Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology Program and former EPA scientist, was quoted in this article discussing a recent study that revealed dangerously high levels of PFAS in freshwater fish across the country.

‘Shoulder to the Wheel’: EPA Girds for 2023

January 12, 2023 / by

Kevin Bogardus /

E&E News

Dave Coursen, former Attorney, EPA Office of General Counsel, and Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, were quoted in this article about the significant work EPA has planned for 2023 and the challenges the agency may face in the new Congress.

EPA Rule to Limit Soot Could Save Lives, Especially in Indiana’s Metro Areas

January 11, 2023 / by

Rebecca Thiele /

WFYI Indianapolis

John Bachmann, former Associate Director of Science/Policy and New Programs, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, was quoted in this article discussing the benefits of more stringent air quality standards for particulate matter.

Biden Administration Finalizes ‘Middle-of-the-Road’ Water Regulations

December 30, 2022 / by

Rachel Frazin /

The Hill

Mark Ryan, former Assistant Regional Counsel, EPA Region 10, and former Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, was quoted in this article discussing the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers’ approach in redefining waters of the United States. Mark was also quoted in a related article in Inside EPA.

Agribusiness Evades Participation in Climate/Environmental Solutions yet Dominates Federal Subsidies

January 2, 2023 / by

Arthur Smith /

Climate Policy Insights

Art Smith, former Senior Attorney, EPA Region 5, penned this blog post on the negative impact agribusiness has on climate and what could be done in the 2023 Farm Bill to blunt this and build a more sustainable farming system.

EPA Broadens Protections for U.S. Waterways, Reversing Trump

December 30, 2022 / by

Scott Dance /

The Washington Post

Kevin Minoli, former EPA Deputy General Counsel, was quoted in a Washington Post article regarding possible challenges to the Biden administration’s expanded definition of waters regulated by EPA. Kevin and Mark Ryan, former Assistant Regional Counsel, EPA Region 10, and former Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, were also quoted in an E&E News article about the revised water rule.

EPA’s 2023 Funding Takes a Baby Step Toward Rebuilding the Agency

December 27, 2022 / by

David Coursen /

The Hill

Dave Coursen, former attorney, EPA Office of General Counsel, wrote this op-ed discussing the funding EPA has received from the 2023 budget appropriation and what the funding may or may not help the agency achieve.

Why EPA’s Long-awaited Proposal on Two ‘Forever Chemicals’ is Bound to Be Controversial

December 21, 2022 / by

Brittany Trang /

STAT

Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was quoted in this article regarding how the Clean Water Act has been unable to provide source water protection from PFAS.

EPA to Tighten Nitrogen Oxide Limits for New Heavy Trucks

December 21, 2022 / by

Tom Krisher /

Associated Press

Margo Oge, former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was quoted in this article about the recently-finalized standards to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from heavy-duty vehicles and EPA’s plans to transition all diesel trucks to zero-emission vehicles. Margo was quoted in a related article in the Washington Post.

EPA Readies Draft TSCA Cumulative Risk Documents for 2023 Release

December 20, 2022 / by

Maria Hegstad /

Inside EPA

Bob Sussman, counsel to Safer Chemicals Healthy Families and former EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article discussing EPA’s intention to consider TSCA-specific cumulative risks for chemical exposures in general and for several high-priority phthalates.

Why Environmental Organizations Need Diverse Leadership?

December 13, 2022 / by

Marybeth Gasman /

Forbes

Mustafa Santiago Ali, Vice President for Environmental Justice, National Wildlife Federation, former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization, and former EPA Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was quoted in this article about why it is important to have people of color as leaders in environmental organizations.

EPA’s PFAS Drinking Water Limit Could Have Long Coattails

December 12, 2022 / by

Annie Snider /

Politico

Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was quoted in this article discussing how drinking water treatment upgrades from the proposed regulation of PFOA and PFOS would capture other contaminants as well, resulting in massive improvements to drinking water quality.

Tackling PFAS with Superfund Law Risks Shifting Costs to Public

November 30, 2022 / by

Dean Scott and Pat Rizzuto /

Bloomberg Law

Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was quoted and EPN was mentioned in this article discussing challenges faced with EPA’s proposal to designate the PFAS chemicals PFOA and PFOS as hazardous substances under the Superfund law.

Manchin Sabotages Clean Energy Transition-Again

November 29, 2022 / by

Arthur Smith /

Climate Policy Insights

Art Smith, former Senior Attorney, EPA Region 5, wrote this blog post discussing how delays in moving forward with the nomination of David Glick as Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chair will only hinder the commission’s ability to facilitate the transition to a clean energy system.

EPA Needs Funding Boost to Meet New TSCA Requirements

November 29, 2022 / by

David Coursen and Betsy Southerland /

Environmental Working Group

Dave Coursen, former Attorney, EPA Office of General Counsel, and Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, wrote this article discussing the need for additional EPA funding for the agency to effectively implement the 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act.

City Receives Half a Million Dollars for Air Monitoring After Report Reveals Elevated Cancer Risk

November 29, 2022 / by

Lisa Song /

ProPublica

Dan Costa, former National Program Director, Air, Climate, and Energy Research Program, EPA Office of Research and Development, was quoted in this article about EPA-funded air monitoring that will begin in Pascagoula, Mississippi, a city with elevated cancer risks due to industrial air pollution.

D.C. Environmental Justice Advocates Join Push for Global Climate Justice at COP27

November 22, 2022 / by

Kayla Benjamin /

The Washington Informer

Mustafa Santiago Ali, Senior Vice President for Environmental Justice, National Wildlife Federation, former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization, and former EPA Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was quoted in this article about the commitments made at COP27 and the failure to make progress on emissions reductions.

Exclusive Lab Tests Show Toxic ‘Forever’ Chemicals in America’s Tap Water

November 21, 2022 / by

Lisa Fletcher, Andrea Nejman, Alex Brauer and Larry Deal /

ABC News 13

Linda Birnbaum, former Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, was quoted in this article regarding how widespread PFAS chemicals are, the many sources they may come from, and how they accumulate in the body.