Despite Deadline Pressure, Maine Lawmakers Urged to Press Ahead on PFAS Disclosure Requirements

November 15, 2023 / by

Kevin Miller /

Bangor Daily News

Linda Birnbaum is quoted in the Bangor Daily News about the approaching 2025 deadline to report and regulate PFAS in Maine, despite manufacturers in the state saying they will not be prepared in time.

Strengthening and Diversifying the Federal STEM Workforce

November 7, 2023 / by

Anita Desikan, Jacob Carter, F. Abron Franklin, Raechel McKinley, Jennifer Orme-Zavaleta, and Andrew A. Rosenberg /

Union of Concerned Scientists

The Union of Concerned Scientists released a new report entitled, Strengthening and Diversifying the Federal STEM Workforce. This report attempts to assess the current state of the federal scientific workforce and highlight the best practices that can strengthen the workforce in a way that embodies the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. Jennifer Orme-Zavaleta contributed to this report.

New Speaker, Same Shenanigans

November 3, 2023 / by

James Bikales /

Politico Pro Morning Energy

A statement Michelle Roos released about the new House leadership’s anti-EPA agenda and the negative impacts it would have on the environment and human health was quoted in Politico Pro’s Morning Energy Newsletter.

PFAS Chemicals On Your Baby’s Diapers

November 2, 2023 / by

EHN Editors /

Environmental Health News

Linda Birnbaum, former Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health and the National Toxicology Program, was quoted in Environmental Health News about children’s products containing PFAS compounds.

EPA to Strengthen Lead Protections in Drinking Water After Multiple Crises, Including Flint

October 28, 2023 / by

Michael Phillis and Mike Stobbe /

Daily Herald

Ronnie Levin, former Senior Scientist, Risk Assessor, Lead Inspector, Enforcement Office, EPA Region 1, and Joe Cotruvo, a former director of the Drinking Water Standards Division at EPA, were quoted in this article on the history of EPA’s lead standards and how a new proposal to strengthen them will aid in providing safe drinking water across the country.

Experts Discuss Report That Looks at Ways to Address Climate Change

October 25, 2023 / by

Hannah Grover /

NM Political Report

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 NM Political Report discussing a recent climate change report released by American Academy of Arts & Sciences’ Commissioner on Accelerating Climate Action.

Groups Press EPA To Block ‘New’ PFAS Uses Tied To Landmark TSCA Suit

October 25, 2023 / by

Sarah Mattalian /

Inside EPA

EPN was mentioned in an article by Inside EPA after sending a letter to the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention’s Assistant Administrator, Michal Freedhoff, to encourage the use of TSCA to force Inhance Technologies to stop its production of fluorinated plastics.

AdvaMed CEO Warns Congress of Supply Shortages from EtO, PFAS Regulations

October 20, 2023 / by

Elise Reuter /

MedTech Dive

Tracey Woodruff, former EPA Senior Scientist and Policy Advisor in the Office of Policy, was quoted in a Med Tech Dive article discussing EPA’s proposed rulings on ethylene oxide emissions and PFAS and their health effects.

How Gas Utilities Used Tobacco Tactics to Avoid Gas Stove Regulations

October 17, 2023 / by

Jeff Brady /


Bernie Goldstein was quoted in NPR about the potential health risks of cooking with gas stoves, which produce nitrogen dioxide and affect indoor air quality.

TCTACs: A Treat for Disadvantaged Communities

October 10, 2023 / by

Ramenda Cyrus /

The American Prospect

Michelle Roos was quoted in The American Prospect in an article about Biden’s investment in disadvantaged communities through EPA’s Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers (TCTACs), and how EPN has set an example for technical assistance as TCTACs launch across the country.

Promise and Peril: How Government Action Can Help or Hurt Industry Efforts

October 9, 2023 / by

Jake Neher /

Automotive News

Margo Oge, former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was interviewed for a podcast hosted by Automotive News and recounted the U.S. government’s first action to lessen greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act and its impact on automakers.

Shampoos and Soaps Are Mostly Water. Here’s Why You Should Buy Them Without It.

October 3, 2023 / by

Michael J. Coren /

The Washington Post

Judith Enck, former Regional Administrator for EPA Region 2 and founder of Beyond Plastics, was quoted in an article about the rise of plastic use in toiletry products.

Fluorinated Plastics Carry the Risk of ‘Forever Chemicals’

September 28, 2023 / by

Esmé E. Deprez /


Bob Sussman, former EPA deputy administrator and counsel for PEER and the Center of Environmental Health, was quoted in Bloomberg about his role in a suit against Inhance Technologies for the use of PFAS in their products.

Shutdown Vets: ‘Everything About It Sucks’

September 27, 2023 / by

Robin Bravender /

E&E News

Bob Perciasepe, former EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article regarding his past experience with government shutdowns and what federal workers can do to prepare for the next one.

Shutdown Won’t Freeze Work on Climate Law

September 26, 2023 / by

Kevin Bogardus and Robin Bravender /

Politico Pro

Stan Meiburg, former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6, was quoted in an article discussing the impacts a potential government shutdown would have on climate funding from the Inflation Reduction Act.

Will Proposed Clean Power Plan Create New Tailwinds for AD?

September 26, 2023 / by

Michael H. Levin /


Michael Levin, former Director of Regulatory Reform, EPA Office of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation, penned this op-ed outlining how EPA’s proposed climate pollution plan for power plants may benefit anaerobic digester facilities.

The Biden Administration’s Next Big Climate Decision

September 22, 2023 / by

Bill McKibben /

The New Yorker

Jeremy Symons, EPN Senior Advisor and former Climate Policy Advisor, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in this article discussing how the U.S.’s progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions is being quickly erased by its export of liquefied natural gas and other fossil fuels.

Burgers and Fries with a Side of PFAS

September 22, 2023 / by

EHN Staff /

Environmental Health News

Linda Birnbaum, former Director of the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology Program, was quoted in this article about the need for a federal ban on Per-and-Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in food packaging to ensure nationwide protections for consumers.

EPA is Not Part of Biden’s Climate Corps. Why?

September 21, 2023 / by

Kevin Bogardus /

E&E News

Stan Meiburg, former Acting Deputy Administrator and former Regional Administrator, EPA Regions 4 and 6, was quoted in this article explaining why EPA has not been included in the initial rollout of the Biden administration’s American Climate Corps.

After Sharp Drop in Federal Funding to Replace Lead Water Lines, State Races to Find Out Why

September 12, 2023 / by

Tal Kopan /

The Boston Globe

Ronnie Levin, former Senior Scientist, EPA Region 1, was quoted in this article regarding federal funds allocated to states for lead service line replacement and how water utilities’ poor tracking of lead service lines has led to funding decreases.

Watchdog Says EPA Did Not Properly Elevate Benton Harbor Crisis

September 7, 2023 / by

Garret Ellison /


Elin Betanzo, former National Tribal Drinking Water Coordinator, EPA Office of Water, was quoted in this article discussing EPA’s response to the 2018 lead in drinking water crisis in Benton Harbor, Michigan, following a recent Office of Inspector General report that the agency did not sufficiently escalate the public health issue.

Fact-Checking the Misinformation Attacks on the EPA’s Clean Car Standards

September 5, 2023 / by

Margo T. Oge /

The Hill

Margo Oge, former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, penned this op-ed countering the two most common misinformation attacks the regulated community makes on EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas vehicle emissions standards.

Potential Budget Cuts Could Stop EPA’s Efforts to Address Toxic Forever Chemicals

September 3, 2023 / by

Sarah Pilla /

Spectrum News 1

Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was interviewed in this news segment discussing how budget cuts proposed by House Republicans for FY 2024 would severely limit EPA’s ability to address PFAS contamination in many drinking water systems.

Judge Questions TSCA Scope in Novel Case

August 31, 2023 / by

Ellie Borst /

E&E News

Bob Sussman, former EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article regarding an enforcement suit EPA has brought against Inhance Technologies, a company that creates PFAS as a byproduct of the fluorination process it uses to strengthen plastic containers.