Plastics Destined to Create More Emissions Than Coal in the US, Study Finds

October 22, 2021 / by

Alexander C. Kaufman /

Mother Jones

Judith Enck, President of Beyond Plastics and former Regional Administrator, EPA Region 2, was quoted in this article discussing Beyond Plastics’ recent report that indicates that greenhouse gas emissions from plastic production will exceed that of the coal industry by 2030. Judith was also quoted in numerous other media outlets, including Reuters, E&E News, The Hill, and Rolling Stone.

Asbestos Still Kills: Time for a Total Ban in the U.S.

October 22, 2021 / by

Linda Reinstein and Mustafa Santiago Ali /

Bloomberg Law

Mustafa Santiago Ali, Senior Vice President for Environmental Justice, National Wildlife Federation; former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization; and EPA Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, co-authored this op-ed emphasizing the continued risk of asbestos exposure, particularly in Black, brown, indigenous and lower-wealth communities, and the need for a total ban on the chemical.

How Chemical Companies Avoid Paying for Pollution

October 20, 2021 / by

David Gelles and Emily Steel /

The New York Times

Linda Birnbaum, former Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Science and former EPA scientist, was quoted in this article discussing the prevalence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in our communities.

EPA Releases ‘Roadmap’ for PFAS Regulations During Biden Administration

October 20, 2021 / by

Enrique Saenz /

Indiana Environmental Reporter

Mustafa Santiago Ali, Senior Vice President for Environmental Justice, National Wildlife Federation; former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization; and EPA Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was quoted in this article discussing the benefits that actions like EPA’s PFAS Roadmap will have on communities.

Biden Administration Launches Roadmap to Tackle Pollution from Widely Used ‘Forever Chemicals’

October 18, 2021 / by

Betsy Klein and Nadia Kounang /

CNN

Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was quoted in this article about the release of EPA’s PFAS Roadmap, the agency’s plan of actions across multiple statutes to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. Betsy was quoted in similar articles appearing in Inside EPA, Bloomberg Law, and E&E News.

Democrats Could Abandon Clean Energy Incentives — Here’s How to Save Them

October 18, 2021 / by

Bob Sussman /

The Hill

Bob Sussman, former Senior Policy Counsel to the EPA Administrator and former EPA Deputy Administrator, penned this op-ed about the adjustments that could be made to the clean energy performance program to address concerns that threaten its removal from the $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill.

EPA’s Asbestos Deal Broadens TSCA Evaluation’s Focus on Impurities

October 18, 2021 / by

Maria Hegstad /

Inside EPA

Bob Sussman, counsel for Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), former Senior Policy Counsel to the EPA Administrator, and former EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article discussing the broadened scope of asbestos review agreed upon in EPA’s recent settlement with ADAO.

Revealed: More Than 120,000 US Sites Feared to Handle Harmful PFAS ‘Forever’ Chemicals

October 17, 2021 / by

Carey Gillam and Alvin Chang /

The Guardian

Linda Birnbaum, former Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Science and former EPA scientist, and Tim Whitehouse, Executive Director of PEER and former EPA attorney, were quoted in this article regarding the EPA’s determination of more than 120,000 industrial sites that may handle per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. Tim’s comments also appeared in a Green Matters article.

EPA Retains Trump NSR Project Accounting Rule, but Plans Policy Review

October 15, 2021 / by

Stuart Parker /

Inside EPA

EPN and our Reset recommendations were cited in this article discussing EPA Administrator Regan’s decision to deny a petition to reconsider a Trump-era new source review accounting policy while also announcing the agency’s intention to revise or withdraw the rule in the future.

EPA Targets ‘Part 2’ Asbestos Evaluation for 2024 with Draft Scope This Year

October 13, 2021 / by

David LaRoss /

Inside EPA

Bob Sussman, counsel to Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), former Senior Policy Counsel to the EPA Administrator, and former EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article regarding a settlement agreement EPA has reached with ADAO that sets a schedule for the agency to conduct risk evaluations for legacy asbestos use. Bob was quoted in a similar article in Chemical & Engineering News.

To Build Back Better, Put a Fee on Corporate Carbon Pollution

October 13, 2021 / by

Jeremy Symons /

The Hill

Jeremy Symons, EPN consultant and former Climate Policy Advisor, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, penned this op-ed discussing how a corporate pollution fee should be included in the Build Back Better reconciliation plan to ensure corporations pay their fair share and to make innovation a central part of a climate change strategy.

Attorneys See ‘Clear’ TSCA Authority Over Articles Despite Policy Doubts

October 12, 2021 / by

Maria Hegstad /

Inside EPA

Bob Sussman, former Senior Policy Counsel to the EPA Administrator and former EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article discussing the recent announcement by EPA Assistant Administrator Michal Freedhoff that EPA had authority under the Toxic Substances Control Act to regulate chemicals in articles rather than only discrete chemicals.

Michigan Community Faces Water Crisis, Calls for Lead Pipe Replacement

October 8, 2021 / by

Lily Bohlke /

Detroit Metro Times

Mustafa Santiago Ali, Vice President of Environmental Justice, Climate, and Community Revitalization for the 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 discussing the positive health, educational, and wealth impacts lead-pipe replacement would have on Black and brown communities and the harm that comes from disinvestment in these communities. This article also appeared on News/Talk 95.3 MNC.

Round Two of Environment Permit Change to Ask: Revert or Refine?

October 8, 2021 / by

Stephen Lee /

Bloomberg Law

Cheryl Wasserman, former Associate Director for Policy Analysis, EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, was quoted in this article discussing what may be included in a second rulemaking on the National Environmental Protection Act that the White House Council on Environmental Quality intends to propose in 2022.

Chemicals in Baby Products Harm Child Development

October 7, 2021 / by

Ana Faguy /

E&E News

Linda Birnbaum, former Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and former EPA scientist, was quoted in this article regarding a study she co-authored that found that organophosphate esters, commonly found in flame retardants and plasticizers, pose an even greater risk to neurodevelopment in children than previously known.

Biden Takes Big Step on Rules for Environmental Reviews

October 7, 2021 / by

Rachel Frazin and Zack Budryk /

The Hill

Mustafa Santiago Ali, Vice President of Environmental Justice, Climate, and Community Revitalization for the National Wildlife Federation; former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization; and former EPA Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, and Cheryl Wasserman, former Associate Director for Policy Analysis, EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, were quoted in this article about an announced rulemaking from the White House Council on Environmental Quality that would change the way environmental reviews mandated by the National Environmental Protection Act are approached, undoing several Trump-era regulatory rollbacks.

House Panel Hears From Witnesses on Risks to Water From ‘Forever Chemicals’

October 6, 2021 / by

Nathan Worcester /

The Epoch Times

The testimony of Betsy Southerland, former Director of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, hearing on “The Clean Water Act (CWA) and Emerging Contaminants” held by the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment was quoted in this article.

White House Restoring Environmental Reviews for Big Projects

October 6, 2021 / by

Matthew Daly /

Associated Press

Mustafa Santiago Ali, Vice President of Environmental Justice, Climate, and Community Revitalization for the 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 regarding the announcement from the White House Council on Environmental Quality that it will restore key provisions of the National Environmental Protection Act, federal regulations that regulate major infrastructure projects that had been dramatically overhauled by the Trump administration. Mustafa was quoted in related articles appearing in Reuters, Bloomberg Law, Courthouse News Service, and Common Dreams.

Tensions Erupt Between Environmental Justice Leaders and White House

October 5, 2021 / by

Zack Colman /

Politico

Mustafa Santiago Ali, Vice President of Environmental Justice, Climate, and Community Revitalization for the 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 discussing concerns in the environmental justice movement that the Biden administration will not follow through on many of its environmental justice initiatives.

U.S. Budget Bill Should Give Poor Families Access to Clean Energy

October 1, 2021 / by

Mustafa Santiago Ali, Brent Newman and Ed Murray /

Thomson Reuters Financial News

Mustafa Santiago Ali, Vice President of Environmental Justice, Climate, and Community Revitalization for the National Wildlife Federation; former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization; and former EPA Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, co-authored this op-ed about the simple steps Congress could take in the $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill to increase low-income and minority access to renewable energy.

EPA Draft Science Supplement Bolsters Case for Tougher PM Standards

September 30, 2021 / by

Stuart Parker /

Inside EPA

John Bachmann, former Associate Director for Science/Policy and New Programs, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted and EPN was mentioned in this article discussing the recently-released draft supplement to the integrated science assessment for particulate matter.

EPA Draft Science Supplement Bolsters Case for Tougher PM Standards

September 30, 2021 / by

Stuart Parker /

Inside EPA

John Bachmann, former Associate Director for Science/Policy and New Programs, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, was quoted and EPN was cited in this article discussing the recently released draft supplemental science assessment of particulate matter, which is part of EPA’s review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

‘Disruptive’ Shutdown Seen as Crippling EPA Powers and Economy

September 29, 2021 / by

Stephen Lee /

Bloomberg Law

Stan Meiburg, former EPA Acting Deputy Administrator and former Regional Administrator, EPA Regions 4 and 6, and Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, were quoted in this article discussing the possible steps non-essential EPA staff would have to take in the event of a government shutdown.

New York Debates What Really Is, or Isn’t, Recyclable

September 28, 2021 / by

Rick Karlin /

Albany Times Union

Judith Enck, former Regional Administrator, EPA Region 2, was quoted in this article about a proposal by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to do away with specific standards for recyclable material.