Impatient With EPA, US Congress Takes Regulation Of Toxic PFAS Into Its Own Hands

October 31, 2019 / by

Alex Graf /

The Globe Post

EPN member Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was quoted in this article about toxic PFAS contamination and EPA’s understaffed offices while Congress considers attaching regulations on PFAS to a must-pass defense spending bill. A similar article ran in DC Report.

Big Automakers Take Risks In Siding With Trump Administration Against California

October 31, 2019 / by

Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis, and Josh Dawsey /

Washington Post

EPN member Margo Oge, former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was quoted in this article about the decision by several large automakers to back the Trump Administration in a legal fight with California over fuel efficiency standards.

Economic Analysis Could Undermine Trump Rule Repeal

October 30, 2019 / by

Ariel Wittenberg /

Greenwire

EPN member Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was quoted in this article about EPA’s new cost-benefit analysis supporting the repeal of the Clean Water Rule, which critics in court are arguing was crafted to fit a pre-existing decision to roll the rule back.

Soot Standard Vote Adds To Controversy Over Advisory Panel

October 28, 2019 / by

Sean Reilly /

E&E

John Bachmann, EPN member and former Associate Director for Science/Policy and New Programs, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, was quoted in this article about the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee’s unprecedented split vote on particulate matter standards, demonstrating the effects of eliminating key scientific expertise from the panel.

Daily On Energy: Oil Considerations Swaying Trump’s Syria Policy

October 25, 2019 / by

Josh Siegel and Abby Smith /

Washington Examiner

EPN member John Bachmann, former Associate Director for Science/Policy and New Programs, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, was quoted in this article about the gathering of former members of the Particulate Matter Review Panel to provide scientific expertise for setting particulate matter standards, despite the panel being disbanded last year.

Trump Expands Attack On Calif. Climate Programs

October 24, 2019 / by

Jean Chemnick and Benjamin Storrow /

Climatewire

EPN member Stan Meiburg, former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6 and Acting Deputy Administrator, was also quoted in this article about the Trump Administration’s attacks on California over environmental regulation, as the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit claiming California’s partnership with Quebec over carbon dioxide emissions violated constitutional limits on individual states making international agreements.

Study: Increased Soot Linked To Nearly 10K Early Deaths

October 23, 2019 / by

Sean Reilly /

Greenwire

EPN member Bernard Goldstein, former chair, EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, was mentioned in this article about a recent study showing an increase in particulate matter in the last several years, which can be linked to almost 10,000 premature deaths, and the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee’s process for setting new soot standards.

Congress Explores Why the Oil Industry’s Climate Denial Is a Civil Rights Issue

October 23, 2019 / by

Yessenia Funes /

Gizmodo

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 the intersections between fossil fuels and civil rights, focusing on a recent Congressional civil rights hearing on the oil industry’s role in pollution that disproportionately affects minority populations.

Oversight at Risk under EPA’s Latest Proposed Changes to Coal Ash Storage and Reuse Rule

October 22, 2019 / by

Lisa Caruso /

The Southern Maryland Chronicle

EPN member Lisa Feldt, former EPA Acting Deputy Administrator, former Associate Deputy Administrator, and former Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, was quoted in this article about EPA’s proposed changes to national coal ash regulations, as the Chesapeake Bay Foundation sent a letter arguing that coal ash threatens the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

EPA Chief Espouses Benefits Of Agency’s Environmental Deregulation

October 22, 2019 / by

Rebecca Beitsch /

The Hill

EPN members Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, and Bob Perciasepe, former EPA Deputy Administrator, were quoted in this article about EPA Administrator Wheeler’s speech defending the agency’s deregulatory agenda, which critics argue makes polluting easier by removing the incentives to invest in new technologies.

Air Pollution Experts Say Current Standards Must Be Strengthened to Protect Public Health

October 22, 2019 / by

UCS /

Union of Concerned Scientists

John Bachmann, EPN member and former Associate Director for Science/Policy and New Programs, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, was quoted in this article about the conclusions of the Independent Particulate Matter Review Panel, which stressed that limits set by the government are too permissive and could harm public health.

Air Pollution Is Increasing for the First Time in a Decade Under Trump

October 22, 2019 / by

Yessenia Funes /

Gizmodo

EPN member Joe Goffman, former Associate Assistant Administrator for Climate and Senior Counsel, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in this article about recent research that suggests that after a decade of improvements in air quality, progress on clean air is backsliding and quality is declining once more.

Big EPA Spending Boost to Get Senate Vote This Week

October 22, 2019 / by

Tiffany Stecker and Dean Scott /

Bloomberg Environment

EPN members Stan Meiburg, former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6 and Acting Deputy Administrator, and David Coursen, former EPA Office of General Counsel, were quoted in this article about a recent omnibus spending package that would increase EPA’s budget, demonstrating continued Congressional support for the agency’s mission.

‘Racism Dictates Who Gets Dumped On’: How Environmental Injustice Divides The World

October 21, 2019 / by

Nina Lakhani /

The Guardian

EPN member Mustafa Santiago Ali, former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization, and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was quoted in this article about racism and its intersections with environmental inequalities, highlighting several prominent leaders in the environmental justice community. This article also ran in ColorLines.

Wyoming Rancher Praises Trump Administration For Environmental Regulation Enforcement Changes

October 18, 2019 / by

Kristin Kasper /

Gray DC

Stan Meiburg, EPN member and former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6 and Acting Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article about two new executive orders that affect how EPA gives notice for violating regulations and enforces them.

Toxic PCBs Linger In Schools; EPA, Lawmakers Fail To Act

October 16, 2019 / by

Tammy Weber and Martha Irvine /

Associated Press

EPN member Judith Enck, former EPA Regional Administrator for Region 2, was quoted in this article about contamination in public schools from PCB toxics, which have been long-neglected by EPA, as the agency quietly released recommendations for state action without taking any binding federal steps.

An Insider’s Look At The Shameful History Of EPA’s Climate Inaction – And Why We Must Turn It Around

October 16, 2019 / by

Dan Reich /

Resilience

Dan Reich, EPN member and former Assistant Regional Counsel, EPA Region 9, wrote this op-ed about the history of inaction at EPA over climate change and air pollution, beginning with the Kyoto Protocol and tracing opposition to environmental regulation through multiple administrations.

California Power Shutdowns Raise Air Pollution Worries

October 16, 2019 / by

John Flesher /

Chicago Tribune

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 electricity blackouts in California following widespread wildfires, which could increase air pollution as businesses use oil and gas generators.

E.P.A. Bypassed Its West Coast Team as a Feud With California Escalated

October 15, 2019 / by

Lisa Friedman /

The New York Times

Cynthia Giles, EPN member and former Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, was quoted in this article about EPA Administrator Wheeler’s attacks on California and the contrived process used to draft and release the agency’s accusations, as it completely bypassed its Region 9 team that usually handles state-specific issues.

How Much Is A Human Life Worth? The Agency Has An Answer

October 15, 2019 / by

Jean Chemnick /

Climatewire

EPN member Rob Wolcott, former EPA Senior Counsel, Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in this article about the value of statistical life assigned by EPA to analyze the benefits of avoidable mortalities when crafting particulate matter regulations.

No ‘Deep State’ – Just Deeply Committed Public Servants

October 14, 2019 / by

Dale Evarts and Jeff Clark /

The News & Observer

EPN members Dale Evarts, former Director, EPA Climate and International Group, and Jeff Clark, former Office of Air Quality and Planning Standards, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, wrote this op-ed defending government whistleblowers as deeply committed public servants instead of coordinated agents campaigning to undermine the Trump Administration’s agenda.

Disbanded Scientists Find US EPA’s Air Standard For Soot Pollution Inadequate

October 14, 2019 / by

Zack Hale /

S&P Global

Steve Silverman, EPN member and former Attorney, EPA Office of General Counsel, was quoted in this article about the Independent Particulate Matter Review Panel and its planned letter to EPA recommending a decrease in acceptable amounts of particulate matter.

Perciasepe: Federal Policy Vital To Deploying Climate Technology

October 11, 2019 / by

David Clarke /

Inside EPA

Bob Perciasepe, EPN member and former EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in an Inside EPA article about the need for American leadership on air pollution given emerging technologies that may be able to address the scale of the problem with federal support.

Fired EPA Scientists To Release Air Pollution Report They Say Agency Unqualified To Issue

October 11, 2019 / by

Phil McCausland /

NBC

John Bachmann, former Associate Director for Science/Policy and New Programs, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, and Chris Zarba, EPN member and former Director, EPA Science Advisory Board, was quoted in this article about a gathering of the former members of the Particulate Matter Review Panel in an attempt to provide scientific expertise on air pollution despite the withdrawal of government support.