EPA Drops Threshold From PFAS Guide, Raising Removal Bar, Critics Say

April 29, 2019 / by

Suzanne Yohannan /

Inside EPA

Betsy Southerland, EPN member and former EPA Director, Office of Science and Technology in the Office of Water, is quoted in this article about The White House’s decision to drop a default threshold for EPA’s groundwater cleanup guide for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The decision is sparking charges that regulators may not pursue some cleanups because they will be harder to justify.

Critics Accuse EPA of Weakening Pollution Rule for Pentagon

April 26, 2019 / by

Rebecca Beitsch /

The Hill

Betsy Southerland, EPN member and former EPA Director, Office of Science and Technology in the Office of Water, is quoted in this article about EPA’s draft PFAS guidance, which critics say would weaken the Pentagon’s obligation to deal with harmful chemicals that pollute groundwater near military bases.

Critics Pan EPA Draft of PFAS Cleanup Guidance

April 26, 2019 / by

Kyle Bagenstose /

The Intelligencer

Betsy Southerland, EPN member and former EPA Director, Office of Science and Technology in the Office of Water, is quoted in this article about EPA’s draft guidance detailing the cleanup of PFAS chemicals from groundwater, which critics feel is too lax and ambiguous.

Is the EPA Stifling Science on Chemical Toxicity Reports?

April 26, 2019 / by

Jim Daley /

Scientific American

EPN members Tom Burke, former EPA Science Advisor and Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Research and Development (ORD); Rita Schoeny, former Senior Science Advisor for the Office of Water and Office of Science Policy in the Office of Research and Development; and Dr. Bernard Goldstein, former EPA Chair of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee and former EPA Assistant Administrator for Research and Development, are quoted in this article about EPA’s change in approach to chemical toxicity oversight.

Inside the EPA’s ‘Resistance Room,’ Where Trump Was Never President and Climate Change Is Real

April 26, 2019 / by

Alexander Nazaryan /

Yahoo News

EPN member Stan Meiburg, former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6 and Acting Deputy Administrator, is quoted in this article about the EPA museum, opened by EPA administrator Gina McCarthy at the end of the Obama administration, where currently the only sign of the Trump administration is a framed photo of Andrew Wheeler.

EPA Drops Emergency Trigger from PFAS Cleanup Guidance

April 25, 2019 / by

Annie Snider /

Politico Pro

Betsy Southerland, EPN member and former EPA Director, Office of Science and Technology in the Office of Water, is quoted in this article about EPA’s draft PFAS guidance, which does not include a trigger for federal regulators to respond immediately to sites contaminated with dangerously high levels of the chemicals, as is typically included in such documents and was part of the draft guidance sent to the White House last summer for interagency review.

White House’s Push for More Oversight of Agency Data Has Some Scientists Concerned

April 25, 2019 / by

Eric Katz /

GovExec

Chris Zarba, former Director, EPA Science Advisory Board, is quoted in this article about a White House memorandum that places more oversight on federal agencies’ use of information and data for decision-making, including new requirements that raise concern about the Trump Administration attempting to sideline science.

Gen Z’s Smaller Carbon Footprint Still May Not Be Enough

April 25, 2019 / by

Vanessa Nason /

Who.What.Why.

EPN members John Bachmann, former EPA Associate Director for Science/Policy and New Programs, Office of Air, and Dan Costa, former National Program Director, EPA’s Air, Climate, and Energy Research Program, are quoted in this article about a study that shows children born today will have to sacrifice far more than those in earlier generations to address global warming. The article also ran in Salon.

 

EPA Opts to Suggest, Not Demand, Fluorinated Chemical Cleanup

April 25, 2019 / by

Sylvia Carignan /

Bloomberg Environment

Betsy Southerland, former EPA Director, Office of Science and Technology in the Office of Water, is quoted in this article about EPA’s draft guidance for groundwater cleanup contaminated with PFAS chemicals, which omitted an emergency trigger, potentially limiting the agency’s power to intervene in the Pentagon’s efforts to clean up the ubiquitous class of chemicals.

News Critics Fret Over EPA Request for a Little Science Advice

April 23, 2019 / by

Abby Smith /

Bloomberg Environment

EPN members John Bachmann, former EPA Associate Director for Science/Policy and New Programs, Office of Air, and Chris Zarba, former Director, EPA Science Advisory Board, are quoted in this article about EPA Administrator Wheeler’s request for science advisers to consult on a narrow piece of the EPA’s proposal to restrict what science it can use—a step critics say effectively undercuts a broader review by the experts.

A former E.P.A. scientist writes about efforts to undermine science showing the grave dangers of air pollution.

April 23, 2019 / by

Vijay Limaye /

The New York Times

EPN member Vijay Limaye, former EPA Physical Scientist in Regions 5 and 9, wrote a New York Times Letter to the Editor supporting Dr. Balmes’ op-ed from April 15, Don’t Let a Killer Pollutant Loose,” about recent troubling efforts to undermine established evidence showing the grave dangers of air pollution.

Unequal: Who Are Louisville’s Top Polluters?

April 18, 2019 / by

Ryan Van Velzer /

WFPL 89.3

EPN member Dan Costa, former EPA National Program Director, Air, Climate, and Energy Research Program, was interviewed about Louisville’s top toxic air polluters.

Former Officials Warn EPA Lacks Legal Power To Scrap MATS Finding

April 18, 2019 / by

Stuart Parker /

Inside EPA

This article cites EPN and quotes from comments EPN submitted on the Trump Administration’s proposal to scrap the cost-benefit finding underpinning the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule.

EPA Announces Nearly Complete Ban on Asbestos

April 8, 2019 / by

Gregory Wallace /

CNN

EPN member Gary Timm, former EPA Chief of the Chemical Testing Branch, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, is quoted in this article about EPA’s Significant New Use Rule for asbestos, which will close loopholes in a decades-old partial ban. The article also ran in WRAL.com, ClickOrlando.com, News Channel 3 WREG, KPAX.com, and similar articles ran in Asbestos.com, Tech Times, FOX 43 and EcoWatch.

E.P.A. Moves to ‘Close the Door’ on Asbestos. Consumer Groups Say Loopholes Remain.

April 18, 2019 / by

Lisa Friedman /

The New York Times

EPN member Gary Timm, former EPA Chief of the Chemical Testing Branch, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, is quoted in this article about EPA’s new regulation on asbestos, which health advocates still feel falls short of the protections needed. This article also ran in The Bulletin.

EPA Gives More Time for Input on Pigment Risk

April 16, 2019 / by

Pat Rizzuto /

Bloomberg

EPN member Penny Fenner-Crisp, former EPA Senior Science Advisor to the Director, Office of Pesticide Programs, is quoted in this article about the comment period on Pigment Violet 29 being reopened due to EPA recently releasing previously restricted information about its potential health effects.

Spring Memories of Why We Must Protect Wetlands and Streams

April 5, 2019 / by

Dave Evans /

Resilience

EPN member Dave Evans, former EPA Director, Wetlands Division, wrote this op-ed about his personal connection to wetlands and streams and the Trump Administration’s proposal to dramatically reduce the scope of the Clean Water Act’s (CWA) protection of these bodies of water by redefining what constitutes “waters of the U.S.”

Coachella Valley Smog Has Gotten Worse, and Climate Change Could Be to Blame

April 12, 2019 / by

Tony Barboza /

Los Angeles Times

EPN member and advisor, Wayne Nastri, former EPA Regional Administrator in Region 9, is quoted in this article about hotter summer weather and the threat of climate change hampering efforts to slash health-damaging ozone in Coachella Valley. Wayne was also quoted in articles on the same or similar subject in My News LA, Desert Sun and Highland News.

U.S. Court Presses Pipeline Regulator on Climate Analysis

April 12, 2019 / by

Argus Staff /

Argus

Bob Sussman, EPN member and former EPA Deputy Administrator and Senior Policy Counsel to Administrator, is quoted in the this article about two lawsuits that accuse the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) of abdicating its duty to estimate greenhouse gas emissions from natural gas pipelines.

New Highway Chief Fought EPA Climate Rules

April 10, 2019 / by

Maxine Joselow /

E&E News

Margo Oge, EPN member and former EPA Director, Office of Radiation and Indoor Air, and Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality, is quoted in this article about Nicole Nason, the new head of the Federal Highway Administration, trying to delay EPA efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from cars under President George W. Bush.

Trump Signs More Executive Orders to Push Pipeline Projects Through at All Costs

April 10, 2019 / by

Yessenia Funes /

Earther

Mark Ryan, EPN member and former EPA Regional Counsel, Region 10, is quoted in this article about two executive orders meant to limit state powers to ensure that energy infrastructure projects—pipelines, in particular—aren’t held up.

Some Links to Cancer Shown in Draft Review of Common Pesticide

April 8, 2019 / by

Steven Gibb /

Bloomber Environment

EPN member Tina Levine, former EPA Director, Health Effects Division, Office of Pesticide Programs, is quoted in this article about a long-awaited federal draft risk evaluation of Roundup weedkiller that finds some cancer connections.

EPA Accounting: Like Pretending Viagra Just Treats Hypertension

April 8, 2019 / by

David Coursen and Robert Wolcott /

The Hill

EPN members David Coursen, former EPA Office of General Counsel, and Robert Wolcott, an economist and former EPA Senior Counsel, Office of Research and Development, and Deputy Assistant Administrator for Policy, wrote this op-ed about EPA’s proposal to eliminate the co-benefits of regulating mercury emissions from any cost-benefit analysis.

Research Office Overhaul Takes Shape

April 5, 2019 / by

Kevin Bogardus /

E&E News

EPN members Bob Kavlock, former EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Research and Development and EPA’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for Science, and Thomas Burke, former EPA Science Advisor and Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Research and Development (ORD) and nominated by President Obama for Assistant Administrator to ORD, are quoted in this article about EPA’s Office of Research and Development’s plans to consolidate its science division.