Greens Win Big on Obama Ozone Standards

August 23, 2109 / by

Ellen M. Gilmer and Sean Reilly /

E&E News

EPN member Janet McCabe, former EPA Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, is quoted in this article about a federal appeals court giving environmentalists a big win with the rejections of industry challenges to Obama-era ozone standards and an order for EPA to take a closer look at one part of the requirements that green groups deemed too lenient.

US EPA’s Regional Haze Guidance Gives States More Room in Weighing Costs

August 22, 2019 / by

Zack Hale /

S&P Global

EPN member Janet McCabe, former EPA Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, is quoted in S&P Global’s article about the recently released final regional haze guidance that gives states more leeway to weigh the cost of pollution controls against the visibility gains the equipment is expected to produce.

A New Mexico farmer is dumping 12,000 gallons of milk a day. Here’s why

August 22, 2019 / by

Rene Marsh /

CNN

EPN member Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, is quoted and interviewed in CNN’s broadcast about Americans’ tap water being contaminated with PFAS or “forever chemicals,” which don’t easily break down in the environment or the human body. The piece also ran on WHNT TV.

Advisory Board Won’t Make Deadline for Rule Review

August 22, 2019 / by

Sean Reilly /

E&E News

Chris Zarba, EPN member and former Director, EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB), is quoted in this article about EPA’s SAB missing next month’s deadline for completing independent assessments of several high-profile EPA proposed rules, which raises the odds that the agency could issue the final versions before the reviews are complete. 

Automakers Snub Trump to Side with Climate Crisis, Says Obama-era Official

August 22, 2019 / by

Emily Holden /

The Guardian

EPN member Jeff Alson, former EPA Senior Engineer and Policy Advisor, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, is widely quoted in this article about automakers siding with California’s mileage standards deal and the climate crisis rather than with the Administration’s rollback. This article also ran in High Country News.

Stalled Gas Pipeline Projects Unlikely to Get Relief Under EPA Rule, Experts Say

August 16, 2019 / by

Zack Hale /

S&P Global

EPN members Mark Ryan, former EPA Region 10 Counsel and Special Assistant United States Attorney, is quoted in this  article about EPA’s latest proposal aimed at preventing states from blocking infrastructure projects by limiting state’s authority under the Clean Water Act to block pipeline construction if a project does not meet state standards.

A Toxic Tale: Trump’s Environmental Impact

August 23, 2019 / by

Sanjay Gupta /

CNN

EPN member Janet McCabe, former EPA Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, was interviewed for this special (promo attached) about the devastating impacts of Trump’s deregulation campaign. 

EPA Research Arm Can’t Measure Data’s Usefulness: Watchdog

August 19, 2019 / by

Stephen Lee /

Bloomberg Environment

Dan Costa, EPN member and former National Program Director, EPA Air, Climate, and Energy Research Program, is quoted in this article about a recent study by EPA’s Office of the Inspector General that shows the Office of Research and Development isn’t collecting enough feedback from outside groups to know whether its reports, databases, and software tools are useful to them.

Erasing ‘Climate Change’ From Federal Agencies Won’t Make It Go Away

August 17, 2019 / by

Cynthia Giles /

The Hill

EPN member Cynthia Giles, former EPA Assistant Administrator, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, wrote this op-ed about the Trump Administration encouraging federal agencies to downplay and dismiss the risks of climate change in regulations and policies, as evidenced by the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) draft guidance on how federal agencies should consider climate when they evaluate federal actions under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which makes no mention of “climate change.”

 

Expert says toxic contamination goes beyond ‘Don’t eat the fish or play in the soil’ strategy

August 14 2019 / by

Seth Slabaugh /

Star Press

Janet McCabe, former EPA Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in this article about the fear of exposure to lead and mercury air pollution from a proposed steel-dust recycling facility by many Muncie, Indiana, residents, and in the WebMD article about several Metro Atlanta communities moving forward with plans to test air around two sterilizing facilities amid public pressure and concern about the release of toxic pollution.

Daily on Energy: Legal fight over Trump coal plant rule shows just how divided red and blue states are

August 14, 2019 / by

Josh Siegel /

Washington Examiner

EPN members Joe Goffman, former Associate Assistant Administrator for Climate and Senior Counsel, EPA Office of Air and Radiation was also quoted in this article about the legal battle over the Trump Administration’s emissions rules for coal plants revealing a stark divide between states on climate change policy.

What’s at Stake in the Trump EPA’s New Approach to New Source Review?

August 2019 / by

Janet McCabe, Joseph Goffman, and William Niebling /

em • The Magazine for Environmental Managers

EPN members Joe Goffman, former Associate Assistant Administrator for Climate and Senior Counsel, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, and Janet McCabe, former EPA Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, wrote this piece about some of the changes to the New Source Review program and how they weaken public health protections.

Former Officials Criticize Limited GHG Review In Draft CEQ NEPA Guide

August 12, 2019 / by

Dawn Reeves /

Inside EPA

EPN is cited in this article about criticism of the draft guidance written by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) that instructs agencies to limit the scope of how they consider greenhouse gas emissions and climate impacts when conducting National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews.

New Oil and Gas Rule May Ignore Methane

August 12, 2019 / by

Jean Chemnick and Niina H. Farah /

E&E News

Joe Goffman, EPN member and former Associate Assistant Administrator for Climate and Senior Counsel, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in this article about whether the EPA’s draft rule to replace Obama-era curbs on methane produced from the oil and natural gas industry will even cover methane directly. Joe was also quoted in a similar article in Greenwire.

EPA Alumni Balk at Draft NEPA Guidance

August 9, 2019 / by

Niina H. Farah /

E&E News

EPN’s comments objecting to draft guidance issued by the Council on Environmental Quality to assist federal agencies in considering greenhouse gas emissions when they evaluate federal actions, like the construction of roads and pipelines, under NEPA are discussed and widely quoted in this article.

Key Architect Of Car Rules Rollback To Depart — Sources

August 8, 2019 / by

Maxine Joselow /

Climatewire

EPN member Margo Oge, former EPA Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was quoted in this article about an agreement between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and EPA to roll back Obama-era fuel efficiency standards, loosening requirements for gas mileage, and the departure of the deputy administrator of NHTSA, who was a proponent of the Trump Administration’s position on these standards.

Former EPA Officials Fight N.C. Clean Air Act Exemption Effort (1)

August 6, 2019 / by

Andrew Ballard /

Bloomberg Environment

Janet McCabe, EPN member and former EPA Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, and the Environmental Protection Network (EPN) were quoted in this article about EPN’s comments on the Region 4 proposal to modify exemptions from emissions requirements for startup, shutdown, and malfunction (SSM) events at power plants. A similar article appeared in S&P Global.

Clean Water Case Ferments Trouble For Craft Breweries and Environmentalists

August 2, 2018 / by

Phil McCausland /

NBC News

Mark Ryan, EPN member and former EPA Regional Counsel, Region 10, was quoted in this article about a brief filed to the Supreme Court on behalf of environmental advocates fighting a wastewater station that is polluting groundwater in Hawaii, as a win for the defendants could further weaken the Clean Water Act.

Trump EPA Opens a New Assault on Obama-Era Coal Ash Rule, Threatening Public Health

August 1, 2019 / by

Yessenia Funes /

Gizmodo

Betsy Southerland, EPN member and former Director, EPA Office of Science and Technology in the Office of Water, was quoted in this article about a recent EPA rule that lifts a requirement for companies and utilities to prove that coal ash deposits of a certain size wouldn’t cause environmental damage.

President Trump Condemned Baltimore as ‘Disgusting.’ His Administration’s Policies Aren’t Exactly Helping

July 31, 2018 / by

Justin Worland /

TIME

Mustafa Santiago Ali, EPN member, former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization, and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was quoted in this article about President Trump’s comments attacking Baltimore for its pollution while the administration continues to roll back regulations on the coal industry.

Memo To The Auto Industry: Time To Join California And Leaders Opposing Trump Clean Cars Rollback

July 29, 2019 / by

Margo Oge /

Forbes

Margo Oge, EPN member and former EPA Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, wrote this op-ed about a recent agreement between California and several major automakers to raise fuel efficiency standards following industry opposition to the Trump Administration’s rollback of an Obama-era clean car program.

These High School Runners Train In ‘Nasty Air,’ So They’re Working To Clean It Up

July 29, 2019 / by

Priscilla Totiyapungprasert /

The Arizona Republic

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 emissions from school buses and their disproportionate impact on sensitive populations such as young children.

Mission Pie – The Story Of A Changing Business Climate!

July 28, 2019 / by

Jared Blumenfeld /

Podship Earth

Karen Heisler, EPN member and EPA Region 9 alum, was interviewed by former EPA Region 9 Regional Administrator, Jared Blumenfeld, currently serving as California’s Secretary for Environmental Protection, in this podcast episode about Karen’s EPA experience with California’s agriculture sector and her sustainable pie business that is closing its doors.

Region Leaders Join Chorus For Better Child Lead-Poisoning Standards In Indiana

July 28, 2019 / by

Lauren Cross /

NWI Times

EPN member Janet McCabe, former EPA Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in this article about Indiana’s lead exposure issues and a recent petition urging the state health agency to lower its threshold triggering aid for children suffering from lead poisoning.