History Shows EPA’s Proposed Vehicle Emissions Rule Can Be Done – It’s Worth Trillions!

May 16, 2023 / by

Margo Oge /

Forbes

Margo Oge, former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, penned this op-ed highlighting the many benefits of EPA’s proposed light-duty vehicle emissions standards and dispelling the false claims surrounding the proposal.

Black and Latino Communities More Likely to Have Harmful PFAS Levels in Water

May 15, 2023 / by

Diane Macedo /

ABC News

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 interviewed on this news segment about a recent study that determined that communities of color are disproportionately exposed to PFAS in drinking water.

Environmental Attorney Says Industry ‘Mixed Message’ Hurt TSCA Budget Bid

May 11, 2023 / by

Jessica Karins /

Inside EPA

Bob Sussman, former EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article discussing how inconsistent messaging from industry groups played a role in the anemic FY 2023 TSCA budget.

Biden Rule Tells Power Plants to Cut Climate Pollution by 90 Percent — or Shut Down

May 11, 2023 / by

Alex Guillen /

Politico

Bob Perciasepe, former acting EPA Administrator, was quoted in this article discussing why the Biden administration will need to get the regulated sector to support its draft power plant rule.

Groups Offer Dueling Views of Needed Ambition in EPA’s Auto Proposal

May 9, 2023 / by

Doug Obey /

Inside EPA

Jeff Alson, former Senior Engineer and Policy Advisor, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was quoted in this article about the public hearings on EPA’s proposal to strengthen emission standards for light- and medium-duty vehicles.

EPA Needs to Be Rebuilt, Not Nickel and Dimed to Death with Budget Cuts

May 4, 2023 / by

David Coursen /

The Hill

Dave Coursen, former Attorney, EPA Office of General Counsel, penned this op-ed discussing how the Congressional Republicans’ proposed federal budget cuts in exchange for raising the debt ceiling would severely hamper EPA’s ability to continue its vital work.

Groups Tout PFAS Contamination Study to Push Strict TSCA Approach

May 1, 2023 / by

Jessica Karins /

Inside EPA

Bob Sussman, attorney for Center for Environmental Health and former EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article about recent findings that show that PFAS migrates out of fluorinated high-density polyethylene plastic containers, highlighting a need to limit production of this form of packaging.

Army Corps to Revisit Parts of Pebble’s Permit Application, But Opponents Say Mine Can’t Move Forward

April 29, 2023 / by

Izzy Ross /

NPR-KDLG

Dennis McLerran, former Regional Administrator, EPA Region 10, was quoted in this article discussing the Army Corps of Engineer’s decision to reconsider portions of Pebble Company’s permit application to mine in Bristol Bay, despite EPA’s recent veto of the mine proposal.

What Limits Will the World Health Organization Recommend for PFOA and PFOS in Drinking Water?

April 26, 2023 / by

Elizabeth Southerland and Linda Birnbaum /

Environmental Science & Technology

Linda Birnbaum, former Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, wrote this commentary discussing the need for the World Health Organization to substantially revise its proposed drinking water guidelines for PFAS compounds.

EPA, FDA Weigh Oversight Overhaul for Animal Parasite Products

April 20, 2023 / by

Scott Nolen /

American Veterinary Medical Association

Bill Jordan, former Deputy Director, EPA Office of Pesticide Program, was quoted in this article discussing a proposal to shift EPA oversight of topical flea and tick products administered to animals to the Food and Drug Administration.

House GOP Fail to Stop Biden’s New Water Rule – But the Courts Might

April 19, 2023 / by

Vanessa Montalbano /

The Washington Post

Mark Ryan, former Assistant Regional Counsel, EPA Region 10, and former Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, was quoted in this article regarding the failed House vote to undo the Biden administration’s waters of the U.S. rule and the legal challenges that will continue, possibly even beyond the forthcoming Supreme Court decision on Sackett vs. EPA.

As States Replace Lead Pipes, Plastic Alternatives Could Bring New Risks

April 19, 2023 / by

Joseph Winters /

Grist

Judith Enck, President of Beyond Plastics and former Regional Administrator, EPA Region 2, was quoted in this article suggesting that alternatives to PVC, such as copper or stainless steel pipes, be used when lead service lines are replaced.

A Better Cost:Benefit Analysis Yields Better and Fairer Results: EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule Revision

April 18, 2023 / by

Ronnie Levin and Joel Schwartz /

Environmental Research

Ronnie Levin, former Senior Scientist, EPA Region 1, co-authored this research article assessing the true potential benefits and costs of a stronger Lead and Copper Rule Revision.

Dangerous Chemicals Detected at Indiana Plastic Recycling Plant Fire

April 17, 2023 / by

Malihe Razazan and Rose Aguilar /

KALW 91.7

Judith Enck, former Regional Administrator, EPA Region 2, was interviewed in this news segment about the presence of hazardous chemicals, including asbestos, in the debris of a plastics warehouse fire in Indiana.

Biden Tailpipe Emission Rules Face ‘Major Questions’ Legal Wave

April 14, 2023 / by

Jennifer Hijazi /

Bloomberg Law

Margo Oge, former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was quoted in this article discussing the ability of EPA’s proposed phase 3 light- and heavy-duty vehicle standards to withstand possible legal challenges.

Cleaning Up Toxic Air

April 14, 2023 / by

Jenni Doering /

Living on Earth

Judith Enck, former Regional Administrator, EPA Region 2, was interviewed in this podcast discussing EPA’s proposal to limit the levels of hazardous air pollutants emitted from industrial sites.

Biden Unveils Push to Send Electric Car Sales Into Overdrive

April 12, 2023 / by

Tanya Snyder, James Bikales, Alex Guillen /

Politico

Margo Oge, former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was quoted in this article discussing the importance of the EPA’s proposed vehicle emissions standards in the Biden administration’s efforts to combat climate change. Margo was quoted in related articles from the Associated Press, Washington Post, Detroit Free Press, and Nature. She was also interviewed on CNN.

Two-thirds of Car Sales could be Electric by 2032 Under New Biden Proposal

April 12, 2023 / by

Rachel Frazin /

The Hill

Jeff Alson, former Senior Engineer and Policy Advisor, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was quoted in this article regarding the types of trucks that would be subjected to EPA’s proposed light- and medium-duty vehicle standards.

The EPA’s New EV Rules Could Test Carmakers’ Commitment to Zero Emissions

April 12, 2023 / by

Margo Oge /

Forbes

Margo Oge, former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, penned this op-ed discussing how the EPA’s proposed vehicle emission standards for cars and trucks will have enormous impacts on climate change, American health, and U.S. competitiveness in the zero-emissions vehicle market.

Ohio Train Derailment Highlights Waste Disposal Predicament

April 11, 2023 / by

AP and Spectrum News Staff /

Spectrum News 1

Bill Muno, former Superfund Director, EPA Region 5, was quoted in this article discussing the treatment and disposal of hazardous waste at commercial hazardous waste facilities, a concern that has arisen in the wake of the East Palestine train derailment.

Why is the Chemical Industry Pitting Public Health Against Economic Growth?

April 11, 2023 / by

Linda S. Birnbaum and Terry Collins /

Environmental Health News

Linda Birnbaum, former director of the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology Program, co-authored this op-ed demanding a shift away from the toxic chemicals that the plastics and petrochemicals industries have used in their products.

EPA Preparing to Release Strict Vehicle Emissions Rules

April 9, 2023 / by

Ella Nilsen and Sam Fosum /

CNN

Margo Oge, former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was quoted in this article regarding the feasibility of the Biden administration’s latest proposals to curb tailpipe emissions.

East Palestine Waste was Only the Beginning. Putnam Co. Residents Want Answers on Hazardous Waste Landfill

April 7, 2023 / by

Ethan Sandweiss /

Indiana Public Media

Bill Muno, former Superfund Director, EPA Region 5, was quoted in this article about concerns that a public landfill in Putnam County, Indiana, may be contaminating a neighboring reservoir and aquifer system.

Air Pollution and Climate Change Threaten North Carolinians’ Health

April 6, 2023 / by

Liz McLaughlin /

WRAL News

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 discussing how the impacts of air pollution and climate change disproportionately affect Black and low-income communities.