Clean Energy Bonanza: Biden’s Budget Tries to Undo Trump’s Damage

April 10, 2021 / by

Shannon Osaka /

Grist

Michelle Roos, EPN Executive Director, was quoted and EPN was cited in this article discussing the release of the Biden administration’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2022. Michelle and EPN were also mentioned in a Nature World News article also describing the budget proposal.

McCarthy Aims to Sell Biden Plan to Justice Advocates

April 8, 2021 / by

Kelsey Brugger /

E&E News

Mustafa Santiago Ali, EPN member and former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was quoted in this article describing a virtual panel on climate justice that Mustafa participated in with White House Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy.

EPA Administrator Instructs Staff to Prioritize Environmental Justice

April 8, 2021 / by

Courtney Bublé /

Government Executive

Chris Zarba, EPN member and former Director, EPA SAB, was quoted and EPN was cited in this article regarding Administrator Regan’s recent decision to reset the composition of CASAC and SAB.

Environmental Justice Bill Sharpens Civil Rights Litigation Tool

April 8, 2021 / by

Ellen M. Gilmer and Kellie Lunney /

Bloomberg Law

Mustafa Santiago Ali, EPN member and former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was quoted in this article regarding the likely hurdles in getting the Environmental Justice for All Act passed and the benefits the bill would provide to environmental justice advocates.

EPA Making Personnel Changes… A Lot of Them

April 6, 2021 / by

Tom Tenin /

Federal Drive

Chris Zarba, EPN member and former Director, EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB), was interviewed on this podcast regarding EPA Administrator Michael Regan’s decision to reset the composition of the SAB and Clean Air Science Advisory Committee.

Appeals Court Agrees to Pause Lawsuit Over Trump-Era Emissions Rule

April 5, 2021 / by

Zack Budryk /

The Hill

Jeff Alson, EPN member and former Senior Engineer and Policy Adviser, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was quoted in this article discussing a petition to overturn the Trump-era Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient vehicles rule and a probe investigating whether career EPA staff were excluded from development of the rule.

Targeting Federal Spending to Help EPA Promote Environmental Justice

April 5, 2021 / by

David Coursen /

The Hill

David Coursen, EPN member and former attorney, EPA Office of General Counsel, wrote this op-ed discussing how the American Jobs Plan will improve drinking water and sanitation in disadvantaged communities and what additional resources EPA will need to further implement its environmental justice programs.

Water, Water Everywhere—But is it Safe to Drink?

April 1, 2021 / by

Lisa Whitley Coleman /

EHS Daily Advisor

EPN member Tracey Woodruff, former EPA senior scientist and policy advisor in EPA Office of Policy, was quoted in this article regarding the known and unknown contaminants that may be present in drinking water and the pressing need for additional water quality regulations.

Clean Slate for EPA Scientific Advisory Committees

April 1, 2021 / by

Britt E. Erickson /

Chemical & Engineering News

EPN member Chris Zarba, former Director, EPA Science Advisory Board, was quoted in this article discussing the need for more balanced EPA advisory committees.

Study Ties Formaldehyde to Asthma, Undercuts EPA Findings

March 31, 2021 / by

Ariel Wittenberg /

E&E News

EPN member Tracey Woodruff, former EPA senior scientist and policy advisor in EPA Office of Policy, was quoted in this article describing her findings that support the importance of including asthma impacts in the cost-benefit analysis of EPA’s formaldehyde rule.

Biden Infrastructure Plan Tackles Historic Racial Inequities

March 31, 2021 / by

Jeremy P. Jacobs and Kelsey Brugger /

E&E News

EPN member Mustafa Santiago Ali, former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was quoted in this article describing the Biden administration’s proposed $2.25 trillion infrastructure package.

EPA Dismisses Dozens of Key Science Advisers Picked Under Trump

March 31, 2021 / by

Dino Grandoni /

The Washington Post

EPN member Chris Zarba, former Director, EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB), was quoted in this article regarding Administrator Regan’s decision to completely remake the composition of the SAB and EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee. In addition, Chris was quoted in similar articles about Regan’s decision that appeared in The New York Times, Common Dreams, Newsmax, International Business Times, and E&E News (where EPN was also cited).

White House Environmental Justice Focus Casts EPA in Shadows

March 31, 2021 / by

Dean Scott /

Bloomberg Law

EPN member Mustafa Santiago Ali, former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was quoted in this article describing the bigger role the White House Council on Environmental Quality and other federal agencies will play in confronting environmental justice.

“Kenneled, Strip Searched, Shackled and Held”

March 30, 2021 / by

Emily Atkin /

Heated

EPN member Mustafa Santiago Ali, former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was quoted in this article describing efforts by Indigenous people to stop construction of the Line 3 oil pipeline in Minnesota.

Confronting Plastic Pollution to Protect Environmental and Public Health

March 30, 2021 / by

Liza Gross and Judith Enck /

PLoS Biology

EPN member Judith Enck, former Regional Administrator, EPA Region 2, edited this collection of commentary articles discussing the challenges that must be faced in dealing with microplastics.

Federal ‘Brain Drain’ Examined by Science Committee

March 30, 2021 / by

Andrea Peterson /

American Institute of Physics

The testimony of EPN member Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was quoted in this article discussing a House Science Committee report and subcommittee hearing about staffing levels at several federal science agencies.

Industry Eyeing EPA’s Hustle to Control ‘Forever Chemicals’

March 29, 2021 / by

Pat Rizzuto /

Bloomberg Law

EPN members Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, and Bob Sussman, former EPA Deputy Administrator and former Senior Policy Counsel to the EPA Administrator, were quoted in this article discussing four regulations EPA recently announced aimed at getting data on and regulating per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

Biden Lays Groundwork for Environmental Regulations

March 28, 2021 / by

Zack Budryk and Rachel Frazin /

The Hill

EPN member Stan Meiburg, former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6 and Acting EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article regarding actions the Biden administration is taking on a range of environmental issues.

Common Mosquito Pesticide Packed with PFAS

March 26, 2021 / by

E.A. Crunden and Ariel Wittenberg /

E&E News

EPN member Tim Whitehouse, PEER Executive Director and former EPA senior attorney, was quoted in this article about test results revealing the presence of per- and polyfluorolalkyl substances in Permanone 30-30, a mosquito-control pesticide widely used in Maryland and other states.

Metal Shredding Company Move Sparks Protests

March 26, 2021 / by

Linda Lutton /

WBEZ-NPR

EPN member Mustafa Santiago Ali, former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was interviewed in this radio segment about cumulative impacts.

EPA Science Advisers Could Face Ouster Under ‘Reset’

March 26, 2021 / by

Sean Reilly /

E&E News

EPN member Chris Zarba, former Director, EPA Science Advisory Board, was quoted and EPN was cited in this article discussing Administrator Regan’s review of EPA’s federal advisory committee panels.

The Coal Plant Next Door

March 22, 2021 / by

Max Blau /

ProPublica

EPN member Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was quoted in this article concerning Georgia Power’s efforts to avoid paying clean-up costs for groundwater contamination from their largest coal ash pond. The article was reprinted in Grist.

EJ Backers Seek New TSCA Test Mandates to Boost Equity in Protections

March 22, 2021 / by

David LaRoss /

Inside EPA

EPN member Tracey Woodruff, former EPA senior scientist and policy advisor in EPA Office of Policy, was quoted in this article discussing the need for EPA and other federal agencies to invest more resources toward determining toxic chemicals’ effects on human health.

State Politics Hamstring EPA’s Pursuit of Polluters

March 19, 2021 / by

Kelsey Brugger /

E&E News

EPN members Judith Enck (former Regional Administrator for EPA Region 2), Eric Schaeffer (former Director, EPA Office of Civil Enforcement), Betsy Southerland (former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water), and Tim Whitehouse (former senior attorney at EPA) were quoted in this article discussing how much authority EPA enforcement officials should delegate to state agencies.