Critics Warn Trump’s Latest Environmental Rollback Could Hit Minorities, Poor Hardest

January 12, 2020 / by

Rebecca Beitsch /

The Hill

Mustafa Santiago Ali, EPN member and former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization, and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice was quoted in regards to the Trump administration’s revisions to the National Environmental Policy Act. The Hill reused Mustafa’s quote in its nightly column, Overnight Energy.

‘Virtual hearings’ on Rule Rollbacks Spark Protests

January 10, 2019 / by

Ariel Wittenberg /

Greenwire

Betsy Southerland, EPN member and former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, is quoted in this article regarding the usage of virtual hearings in the rollback of EPA regulations. 

Trump Proposal Would Speed Environmental Studies

January 9, 2020 / by

Steve Davies /

Agri Pulse

Lisa Feldt, EPN member and former EPA Acting Deputy Administrator and Associate Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article regarding proposed revisions to the National Environmental Policy Act.

Trump’s Latest Rollback Would Ruin an ‘International Treasure’

January 9, 2019 / by

Yessenia Funes /

Gizmodo

Cheryl Wasserman, EPN member and former Associate Director for Policy Analysis, Office of Federal Activities, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) at EPA, was quoted in a Gizmodo article on the Trump administration’s proposed rollbacks to the National Environmental Policy Act. 

Critics Say Superfund Backlog Reflects EPA Cleanup, Funding Contradiction

January 9, 2019 / by

Suzanne Yohannan /

Inside EPA

Betsy Southerland, EPN member and former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, is quoted in this article on the backlog in funding new construction work at Superfund sites.

What to do About Pollution from “forever chemicals”?

January 9, 2019 / by

Lisa Sorg /

NC Policy Watch

Stan Meiburg, EPN member and former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6 and Acting Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article regarding forever chemicals such as PFOA, PFOS, and PFAS.

Trump is Set to Alter NEPA, Upend Years of Climate Planning

January 9, 2019 / by

Jean Chemnick /

E&E News

Susan Bromm, EPN Member and former Director at EPA Office of Federal Activities, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Compliance Division, was quoted in this article discussing revisions that the Trump Administration plans on making to NEPA. This piece also ran in Science

EPA Says it Will Pursue New Rule to Cut Pollution from Heavy-Duty Trucks

January 8, 2019 / by

Brady Dennis /

Washington Post

Margo Oge, EPN member and former Director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was quoted by this article in reference to a new rule on heavy-duty truck pollution that the EPA is pursuing. This piece also ran in Stars and Stripes and Times Record. Margo was also quoted in similar pieces by EcoWatch and Nature World News.

Amid Major Deregulation, Trump Pursues Limited Environment Pitches

January 6, 2020 / by

Doug Obey /

Inside EPA

Betsy Southerland, EPN member and former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water and fellow EPN member Bob Sussman, the former EPA Deputy Administrator, were quoted in an article discussing the Trump administration’s deregulatory strategy.

Former Officials Warn EPA on Failure to Address Ozone NAAQS Ruling

Jan 6, 2020 / by

Stuart Parker /

Inside EPA

This article mentions and quotes EPN in its reporting on an EPA draft ozone policy assessment document that does not consider an appeals court decision, which may result in a weaker secondary ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards rule.

Faster Permitting Won’t Harm Environment, Top Trump Adviser Says

January 6, 2020 / by

Stephen Lee /

Bloomberg Environment

Brenda Mallory, EPN member and former General Counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, was quoted in this article regarding potential changes to the National Environmental Policy Act and its effect on the permitting process. Brenda was also quoted in a similar article in EcoWatch.

Trump’s 2020 Plan: Change the Rules on Rules

Jan 3, 2020 / by

Kelsey Brugger /

Greenwire

Betsy Southerland, EPN member and former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, is quoted in this article about Trump officials working to fundamentally change the way environmental rules are crafted. 

 

EPA’s Emergency Response Has Gaps, Watchdog Reports

Jan 3, 2020 / by

Stephen Lee /

Bloomberg Environment

EPN member Bonnie Bellow, former EPA Director, Public Affairs Division, Region 2, is quoted in this article about EPA’s incomplete inventory of what emergency response equipment it owns, where the pieces are located, and whether they still work.

Backlog of Toxic Superfund Clean-ups Grows Under Trump

Jan 2, 2020 / by

Ellen Knickmeyer, Matthew Brown, and Ed White /

Associated Press

EPN members Judith Enck, former EPA Regional Administrator for Region 2, and Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, are quoted in this article about the Trump administration’s huge backlog of unfunded toxic Superfund clean-up projects. This piece also ran in The Washington Post, The Hour, and RiverBender.com, and the Minneapolis Star TribuneBetsy Southerland is quoted in a similar piece in The Hill.

Science Panel Staffed With Trump Appointees Says E.P.A. Rollbacks Lack Scientific Rigor

Dec 31, 2019 / by

Coral Davenport and Lisa Friedman /

The New York Times

EPN member Chris Zarba, former Director, EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB), is quoted in this article about letters from the SAB stating that three of President Trump’s most far-reaching and scrutinized proposals to weaken major environmental regulations are at odds with established science. Zarba is quoted in a similar article in Greenwire and Science Magazine.

.

‘Too Valuable to Throw Away’: Brownfields Programs a Way for Former Industrial Sites to Get New Life

Dec 29, 2019 / by

Natalie Alms /

Salisbury Post

EPN Board member Stan Meiburg, former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6 and Acting Deputy Administrator, is quoted in this article about the Kesler Mill “brownfield” site in Salisbury, North Carolina, which has applied for a federal cleanup grant due to pollution left from its industrial past.

Science Under Attack: How Trump Is Sidelining Researchers and Their Work

Dec 28, 2019 / by

Brad Plumer and Coral Davenport /

The New York Times

EPN members Bob Kavlock, former Acting Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Research and Development, and EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator for Science; and Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, are quoted in this article about the Trump administration’s transformation of the federal government through diminishing the role of science in federal policymaking and disrupting research projects nationwide—actions that could reverberate for years.

These Toxic Chemicals Need to Be Banned in the Next 10 Years

Dec 26, 2019 / by

Yessenia Funes /

Gizmodo

Penny Fenner-Crisp, EPN member and former Senior Science Advisor to the Director, EPA Office of Pesticide Programs, is quoted in this article about whether some of the most toxic chemicals in our environment, including lead and asbestos, will be banned in the next decade.

 

Making America’s Toilets Great Again

Dec 19, 2019 / by

Tom Pelton /

NPR The Environment in Focus

EPN member Stan Meiburg, former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6 and Acting Deputy Administrator, was interviewed on NPR’s The Environment in Focus about the Energy Policy Act, which imposed standards for the conservation of both energy and water and required toilets to use no more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush.

 

Indiana Environmental Agency “Kneecapped” by Staff Cuts

Dec 13, 2019 / by

Meredith Colias-Pete /

Chicago Tribune

EPN member Janet McCabe, former Acting Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, is quoted in the Chicago Post-Tribune article about 16% staff cuts at Indiana’s primary environment enforcement agency, hampering its ability to protect the public.

 

Great Lakes Mayors Warn Against Cut to Ecological Initiative

Dec 13, 2019 / by

Livingston Contributor /

Livingston Ledger

EPN member Dave Ullrich, former EPA Acting Regional Administrator and Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 5, was quoted in this article about the Trump administration’s potentially devastating cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

 

Trump’s Potty Talk Highlights Flushing Fight

Dec 13, 2019 / by

Ariel Wittenberg /

Greenwire

Stan Meiburg, EPN member and former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6 and Acting Deputy Administrator, is quoted in this article about whether WaterSense should tighten its criteria to ensure more human waste goes with the flow in commodes earning the program’s efficiency label.

EPA Says Little on TSCA New Chemicals Approach but Draws Criticisms

Dec 10, 2019 / by

Maria Hegstad /

Inside EPA

Bob Sussman, EPN member and former EPA Deputy Administrator and Senior Policy Counsel to the EPA Administrator, is quoted in this article about the December 10th public meeting on the implementation of the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) New Chemicals program.

 

Wheeler’s Science Advisory Board Revamp Plan Sparks Concerns

Dec 10, 2019 / by

Sean Reilly /

Inside EPA

EPN was mentioned and member Chris Zarba, former Director, EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB), was quoted in this article about a proposed revamp of the SAB, which would strip the rank-and-file members of the ability to help decide which upcoming agency regulations warrant scrutiny. This has generated concern that it would undercut the independence of the board.