New Indiana Policy to Lax Pollution Enforcement During Pandemic Could Put Public at Risk

April 3, 2020 / by

Sarah Bowman /

IndyStar

EPN members, Cynthia Giles former Assistant Administrator, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance and Janet McCabe former Acting Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, were quoted in this article on a new Indiana policy that would ease pollution enforcement during the duration of the pandemic. Janet was also quoted in an article on EPA’s enforcement relaxation by Engineering News-Record.

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Wheeler Pushes Back on Critics of Enforcement Policy

April 2, 2020 / by

Corbin Hilar /

E&E News

Cynthia Giles, an EPN member and former Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, was quoted in this article concerning comments made by EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler toward her regarding the EPA’s suspension of its rules. 

US Agencies try to Boost Natural Gas, Not Electric, Vehicle Sales in Final Rule

April 2, 2020 / by

Zack Hale /

S&P Global Market Intelligence

EPN members, Jeff Alson former EPA Senior Engineer and Policy Advisor, Office of Transportation and Air Quality and Margo Oge former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, were quoted in this article on the finalization of the SAFE rule and the boost it will give to natural gas-fueled vehicles sales. 

Gutting fuel Economy Standards During a Pandemic is Peak Trump

April 2, 2020 / by

David Roberts /

Vox

Jeff Alson, EPN member and former EPA Senior Engineer and Policy Advisor, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was quoted in this article concerning the Trump administration’s finalization of the SAFE rule, which would relax the existing fuel efficiency standard imposed on automobile manufacturers. Jeff was also quoted in similar articles by Politico and Boulder Weekly.

Trump’s Car Rule Would Cause More Pollution Deaths

April 2, 2020 / by

Maxine Joselow /

E&E News

EPN members, Mustafa Ali former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization, and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice and Margo Oge former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, were quoted in this article on the finalization of the SAFE rule, which would rollback existing vehicle emission standards.

EPA Obama Official Sees States Leading Effort to Tackle Plastic Pollution

April 2, 2020 / by

Suzanne Yohannan /

Inside EPA

Judith Enck, EPN member and former EPA Regional Administrator for Region 2, was quoted in this article on states taking the initiative and leading on the plastic pollution crisis.

GenX Affects Function of Proteins that Protect the Brain

April 2, 2020 / by

Sheena Scruggs /

Environmental Factor

Linda Birnbaum, EPN member and former Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Toxicology Program (NTP), was quoted in this article regarding the chemical GenX and its effects on the protein that protects the brain.

Migrants aren’t to blame for COVID-19

April 1, 2020 / by

Mustafa Santiago Ali /

Resilience

Mustafa Ali, EPN member and former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization, and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, published an op-ed in Resilience discussing how EPA’s suspension of its rules can lead to COVID-19 sacrifice zones that put vulnerable populations at risk. Mustafa was also quoted by The Verge in an article on the treatment of immigrant groups during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Coronavirus Shutdown Not Yet helping Air in Michigan’s Most Toxic ZIP Code

April 1, 2020 / by

Kelly House /

Bridge

EPN members, Mustafa Ali former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization, and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice and Trish Koman former Senior Environmental Scientist, Program Manager and Supervisor in EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, were quoted in this article on how the economic slowdown caused by COVID-19 is yet to improve air quality in Michigan’s most vulnerable zip codes.

In Time of Coronavirus, is E.P.A. Giving Polluters a Free Pass?

April 1, 2020 / by

Liz Hitchcock /

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families

Bob Sussman, EPN member and Former EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article about the EPA suspending enforcement of its rules.

EPA Enforcement Move Meets API wish list — and Then Some

April 1, 2020 / by

Kelsey Brugger and Corbin Hiar /

E&E News

Joel Mintz, EPN member and former EPA Enforcement and Supervisory Attorney, was quoted  in this article regarding the role the American Petroleum Institute (API) played in the easing of EPA rules.

Trump Admin Weakens Clean Car Standards Despite its Analyses Showing Rule Favors Big Oil Over Health, Climate

March 31, 2020 / by

Dana Drugmand /

DeSmogBlog

EPN members Mustafa Ali (former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization, and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice), Jeff Alson (former EPA Senior Engineer and Policy Advisor, Office of Transportation and Air Quality), Trish Koman (former Senior Environmental Scientist, Program Manager and Supervisor in EPA’’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality), and Margo Oge (former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality) were quoted in this article on the finalization of the SAFE rule, which would roll back Obama era automobile emission standards. 

Keystone XL Oil Pipeline to Begin Construction During Coronavirus Pandemic

March 31, 2020 / by

Alexandra Kelley /

The Hill

Mustafa Ali, EPN member and former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization, and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was quoted and EPN was mentioned in this article on the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump Calls New Fuel Economy Rule a Boon. Some Experts See Steep Costs.

March 31, 2020 / by

Coral Davenport /

The New York Times

Margo Oge, EPN member and former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was quoted in this article regarding the Trump administration’s finalization of the SAFE rule, which would rollback Obama era automobile emission standards. Margo was also quoted in similar articles again by The New York Times , InsideClimate News, and The Energy Mix.

Trump’s Clean Cars Rollback: A First Test of Our Post-Coronavirus Society

March 31, 2020 / by

Margo Oge /

Forbes

Margo Oge, EPN member and former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, published this op-ed on the finalization of the SAFE rule amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In a previous op-ed in Forbes Margo discussed the links between combatting COVID-19 and climate change. 

The Pandemic Hasn’t Stopped Trump’s Rollback of Clean Car Standards

March 31, 2020 / by

Jeff Alson /

The Hill

Jeff Alson, EPN member and former Former EPA Senior Engineer and Policy Advisor, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, published this op-ed concerning the Trump administration’s finalization of the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule. Jeff was also quoted by The Hill regarding a recent ruling by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, which allowed

Trump Administration to Finalize Weaker Mileage Standards, Dealing a Blow to Obama-Era Climate Policy

March 30, 2020 / by

Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis /

Washington Post

Cynthia Giles, EPN member and former Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance was quoted in this article on EPA’s finalization of the SAFE Rule, which would rollback national automobile emission standards. 

Lax Pollution Enforcement Can Stress Hospitals During Virus

March 30, 2020 / by

Jean Chemnick /

E&E News

Cynthia Giles, EPN member and former Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, was quoted in this article on how the suspension of EPA rules can increase the strain on already stressed hospitals. Cynthia was also quoted in similar articles by Vox, Business Insider, and Electrek.

Trump Administration Pushes Huge Environmental Rollbacks in the Midst of a Pandemic

March 30, 2020 / by

Matt Stieb /

New York Magazine

Cynthia Giles, EPN member and former Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, was quoted in this article on the Trump administration’s continued environmental rollbacks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Citing coronavirus, EPA Suspends Enforcement of Environmental Laws

March 27, 2020 / by

Susanne, Louis Sahagun, and Rosanna Xia /

Los Angeles Times

Nancy Marvel, EPN member and former Office of Regional Counsel, Region 9, was quoted in this article concerning EPA’s suspension of the enforcement of environmental regulations. Nancy also participated in a radio interview with Media Sanctuary on the new enforcement policy. 

Trump’s Move to Suspend Enforcement of Environmental Laws is a Lifeline to the Oil Industry

March 27, 2020 / by

Phillip McKenna, David Hasemyer, Marianne Lavelle, and Nicholas Kusnetz /

insideClimate News

EPN members Mustafa Ali (former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization, and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice), Judith Enck (former EPA Regional Administrator for Region 2), Cynthia Giles (former Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance), and Betsy Southerland (former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water), were quoted in this article regarding a letter sent from the American Petroleum Institute to the EPA prior to the agency’s suspension of environmental rules.

‘A Dangerous Gamble’: Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey Refuses to Order ‘Shelter-in-Place’ for Residents, Leaving Black Alabamans Especially at Risk

March 27, 2020 / by

Anne Branigin /

The Root

Mustafa Ali, EPN member and former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization, and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was quoted in this article discussing the risk to black Alabamans associated with Governor Kay Ivey’s decision not to order a shelter in place in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks Find Opposition Within: Staff Scientists

March 27, 2020 / by

Coral Davenport /

The New York Times

EPN members Dan Costa (former National Program Director, EPA Air, Climate, and Energy Research Program), Kathy Kaufman (former RIA team lead within EPA’s Air Economics Group), Margo Oge (former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality), and Betsy Southerland (former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water), were quoted in this article on opposition to the Trump administration’s environmental rollbacks within EPA.

Explainer: How U.S. Emissions Rules Encourage Larger SUVs and Trucks

March 26, 2020 / by

Joseph White /

Reuters

Margo Oge, EPN member and former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was quoted by Reuters in a piece explaining how U.S. emission rules encourage less fuel efficient vehicles such as SUVs and trucks. This article was reprinted by The New York Times.