The Department of Justice’s Strategy to Advance Environmental Justice

May 18, 2022 / by

David Coursen /

The Hill

Dave Coursen, former Attorney, EPA Office of General Counsel, penned this op-ed discussing the existing tools the Department of Justice has to support the work of its new Office of Environmental Justice and underscoring the need for congressional funding to attain environmental justice goals.

ADAO Seeks Stronger Asbestos Reporting But Backs ‘Landmark’ Proposal

May 13, 2022 / by

Maria Hegstad /

Inside EPA

Bob Sussman, counsel for Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization and former EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article about EPA’s proposed asbestos reporting mandate, a landmark proposal for the agency’s Chemical Data Reporting proposal.

Gina McCarthy is Leaving. Who Will Take Her Place?

May 13, 2022 / by

Kelsey Brugger and Robin Bravender /

E&E News

Kevin Minoli, former EPA acting General Counsel, was quoted in this article discussing the possible departure of Gina McCarthy from her role as the White House National Climate Advisor.

Pregnant Women Increasingly Exposed to Chemicals That Could Harm Development

May 10, 2022 / by

Sharon Usadin /

The Hill

Tracey Woodruff, Director, University of California, San Francisco’s Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment; former EPA senior scientist; and Policy Advisor, EPA Office of Policy, was quoted in this article discussing the results of her research group’s study, which found widespread exposure of pregnant women, particularly Latinas, to understudied chemicals and toxins that could be harmful to fetal development. Tracey was quoted in similar articles appearing in E&E News, Yahoo News, and other media outlets.

Biden’s New Strategy For Environmental Justice

May 9, 2022 / by

Joseph Winters /

Grist

Mustafa Santiago Ali, 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 this article regarding the announcement of an Office of Environmental Justice within the Department of Justice.

Trump Showed How Easy It Is To Break The EPA. It’s Much Harder To Fix It.

May 6, 2022 / by

Zahra Hirji /

Buzzfeed News

Mustafa Santiago Ali, 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, and Tim Whitehouse, Executive Director, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and former EPA senior attorney, were quoted in this article about EPA’s struggles as it moves to rebuild in the face of growing environmental challenges.

CEQ Makes Top Environmental Justice Hire

May 5, 2022 / by

Kelsey Brugger /

E&E News

Mustafa Santiago Ali, 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 appointment of Jalonne White-Newsome as the senior director of environmental justice at the Council on Environmental Quality. Mustafa was quoted in a related article appearing in Inside Climate News.

U.S. Plastics Recycling Rate Slumps Below 6 Percent, Analysis Finds

May 4, 2022 / by

Taylor Telford /

The Washington Post

Judith Enck, founder of Beyond Plastics and former Regional Administrator, EPA Region 2, was quoted in this article discussing a recent report prepared by Beyond Plastics and Last Beach Cleanup that determined Americans recycle only 5-6% of their plastics. Judith was quoted in several articles about the report that were published in Reuters, Grist, and other news outlets.

Congress Needs to Stop Starving EPA

May 3, 2022 / by

David Coursen /

The Hill

Dave Coursen, former Attorney, EPA Office of General Counsel, penned this op-ed outlining how the EPA’s FY2023 appropriations request would provide a much-needed boost to the agency’s core programs and move environmental protections forward.

U.S. Government’s $650 Billion Buying Power Could Move Markets to PFAS-free Products

May 2, 2022 / by

John Reeder /

EWG News & Insights

John Reeder, Vice President of Environmental Affairs at Environmental Working Group and former EPA Deputy Chief of Staff, wrote this piece suggesting ways the General Service Administration could drive the US government’s $650B purchasing budget towards PFAS-free products to shift the markets to reduce production of these chemicals.

California Attorney General Investigates the Oil and Gas Industry’s Role in Plastic Pollution, Subpoenas Exxon

April 30, 2022 / by

James Bruggers /

Inside Climate News

Judith Enck, President of Beyond Plastics and former Regional Administrator, EPA Region 2, was quoted in this article supporting a decision by the California Attorney General to investigate the oil and gas industry’s role in the global plastics crisis.

Former Officials Challenge Freedhoff’s Claims on PFAS Data Availability

April 29, 2022 / by

Diana DiGangi /

Inside EPA

A blog post written by Bob Sussman, former EPA Deputy Administrator, and Tracey Woodruff, Director, UCSF Program on Environmental Health and the Environment and former EPA senior scientist, urging EPA to use its TSCA authority to require Chemours to perform toxicity assessments on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances was quoted in this article.

No “Box to be Checked”: Environmental Justice in Modern Legal Practice

April 28, 2022 / by

Cliff Vill /

NYU Environmental Law Journal

Cliff Villa, former attorney, EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, authored this article that traces the development of legal principles for environmental justice through policy and case law over the last 30 years.

States Awash in Plastic Packaging Want Manufacturers to Pay Up

April 25, 2022 / by

Leslie Kaufman /

Bloomberg

Judith Enck, President of Beyond Plastics and former Regional Administrator, EPA Region 2, was quoted in this article highlighting the problems with Extended Producer Responsibility bills, aimed at making manufacturers more responsible for the plastic used in their products. Judith was quoted in a similar article appearing in The Energy Mix.

Tackling the Great Climate Unmentionable

April 22, 2022 / by

Michael H. Levin and Alan P. Loeb /

Bloomberg Tax

Michael Levin, former Director of Regulatory Reform, EPA Office of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation, co-authored this op-ed discussing the possibility of including legacy greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from energy producers as part of an emissions trading program to incentivize reducing future GHG emissions.

Biden’s Oil Country EPA Chief Builds Bridges With GOP, Industry

April 21, 2021 / by

Stephen Lee /

Bloomberg Law

Stan Meiburg, former Deputy Regional Administrator, EPA Regions 4 and 6, and former EPA Acting Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article about the work Earthea Vance must accomplish as Regional Administrator for EPA Region 6, which includes the heart of the nation’s oil industry.

How Biden’s Ethanol Order Is Sparking Worries About Pollution

April 19, 2022 / by

Zack Budryk /

The Hill

Margo Oge, former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was quoted in this article discussing the impact President Biden’s waiver allowing the use of E15 ethanol fuel during the summer would have on ozone levels.

Inside Biden’s Sparsely Staffed, High-pressure Environmental Shop

April 18, 2022 / by

Robin Bravender and Kelsey Brugger /

E&E 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 quoted in this article regarding a need to increase staffing at the Council of Environmental Quality in order to keep pace with Biden administration initiatives.

Highly Anticipated EPA Draft Says Formaldehyde Causes Cancer

April 14, 2022 / by

Sharon Usadin and Rachel Frazin /

The Hill

Linda Birnbaum, former EPA scientist and former Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and Bob Sussman, former EPA Deputy Administrator, were quoted in this article discussing EPA’s draft Integrated Risk Information System assessment linking formaldehyde inhalation to multiple forms of cancer.

Chicago’s Infrastructure Isn’t Prepared For Handling the New Reality of Extreme Rains

April 11, 2022 / by

Arthur Smith /

Chicago Tribune

Art Smith, President of Sustainable Futures L3C and former Regional Counsel, EPA Region 5, penned this op-ed recommending changes to water management strategies in Chicago and the great Cook County area in anticipation of future flood events.

How to Help Communities Step Back From the Coast as Sea Levels Rise

April 8, 2022 / by

Jeff Peterson /

The Hill

Jeff Peterson, former Senior Policy Advisor, EPA Office of Water, wrote this op-ed about steps the federal government could take to assist community preparedness in the face of rising sea levels.

EPA Moves to Ban the Most Common Type of Cancer-causing Asbestos

April 5, 2022 / by

Anna Phillips /

The Washington Post

Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was quoted in this article supporting EPA’s proposed rule to ban all current uses of chrysotile asbestos in the U.S.

EPA Plots Asbestos Ban in Landmark Rule

April 5, 2022 / by

E.A. Crunden /

E&E News

Bob Sussman, counsel for Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization and former EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article about EPA’s proposed ban on chrysotile asbestos, stating that only legislation would be able to provide a ban on all asbestos types. Bob was quoted in similar articles appearing in Popular Science and Inside EPA.

Questions Over Plastics Policy in Budget Remain Given Plastic Connections by Lobbyists

April 4, 2022 / by

Joshua Solomon /

Times Union

Judith Enck, founder of Beyond Plastics and former Regional Administrator, EPA Region 2, was quoted in this article discussing concerns about a proposed extended producer responsibility recycling program for New York State.