Critics Fault Major Wheeler Speech For Sidestepping Climate Change

September 4, 2020 / by

Doug Obey /

Inside EPA

Betsy Southerland, Director of the Office of Science and Technology in EPA’s Office of Water,  was quoted in this article and EPN was mentioned regarding priorities for a second term under the current administration during a speech on the 50th anniversary of EPA.

New York’s Plastic Bag Ban has Survived the Pandemic

September 4, 2020 / by

Angely Mercado /

Grist

 Judith Enck, EPN member and former Regional Administrator for EPA Region 2, was quoted in this article regarding New York’s plastic bag ban.

‘Blanket Waiver’ Created for Industries During Pandemic Ends

September 4, 2020 / by

Keri Brown /

WFDD

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 on the expiration of a federal waiver that relaxed the enforcement of rules for polluting companies.

Trump Will Roll Back More Regulations if Re-Elected, EPA Chief Says

September 4, 2020 / by

Katy Stech Ferek /

Wall Street Journal

Betsy Southerland, EPN member and former Director of the Office of Science and Technology in EPA’s Office of Water, was quoted in this article regarding a speech Administrator Wheeler gave on the 50th anniversary of EPA, where he called for more rollbacks of environmental regulations.

Trump Administration Weakens Coal Waste Rules in Latest Environmental Rollback

September 3, 2020 / by

Michael Krasny /

KQED

Mustafa Santiago Ali, EPN member and former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was interviewed in this segment regarding a Trump administration rule that would roll back coal waste regulations.

Trump ‘Anarchist’ Order Would Hit Cities’ Enviro Programs

September 3, 2020 / by

Kelsey Brugger /

E&E News

Joel Mintz, EPN member and former EPA Enforcement and Supervisory Attorney, was quoted in this article on an official memorandum that would restrict federal funding from certain cities, and the impact it could have on Superfund cleanups. 

New Mining Office Sparks Concern Over Authority, Loopholes

September 3, 2020 / by

Ariel Wittenberg and Kevin Bogardus /

E&E News

EPN members Kerrigan Clough (former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator and Assistant Regional Administrator), David Janik (former EPA Supervisory Enforcement Attorney, Region 8), and Joel Mintz (former EPA Enforcement and Supervisory Attorney), were quoted in this article regarding a new EPA office that would target the cleaning of old mines.

Trump’s U.S. EPA Chief Claims Climate-Change Fight Hurts the Poor

September 3, 2020 / by

Valerie Volcovici /

Reuters

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 concerning comments about climate change and vulnerable communities made by Administrator Wheeler during his speech on the 50th anniversary of EPA. This article was reprinted by WTVB. Mustafa was quoted in similar articles by The Hill, E&E News, Washington Examiner, Common Dreams, Inside EPA, and EcoWatch

EPA Chief Criticizes Democratic Governors, Vows to Concentrate on Cleaning up Vulnerable Communities in a Second Trump Term

September 3, 2020 / by

Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis /

Washington Post

EPN members Mustafa Santiago Ali, former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, and Mike Flynn, former EPA Acting Deputy Administrator, were quoted in this article regarding Administrator Wheeler’s stated commitment to vulnerable communities during his speech on the 50th anniversary of EPA. 

Former EPA Officials Urge Superfund Budget Hike to End Cleanup Backlog

September 3, 2020 / by

Suzanne Yohannan /

Inside EPA

EPN was featured in this article on its Superfund program budget recommendations as part of the “Resetting the Course of EPA,” report.

Officials Say Safety Threat Over After Bethlehem Chemical Leak

September 2, 2020 / by

Eduardo Medina and Rick Karlin /

Albany Times Union

Judith Enck, EPN member and former Regional Administrator for EPA Region 2, was quoted in this article regarding a chemical leak at the SABIC Innovative Chemicals facility in Bethlehem, New York. 

Albany County Executive Faces Public Pressure to Sign Local Clean Air Law

September 2, 2020 / by

Dave Lucas /

WAMU

Judith Enck, EPN member and former Regional Administrator for EPA Region 2, was quoted in this article about an Albany County clean air law that is on the desk of the county executive. 

Wheeler Yanks Toxics Study, Blames Obama Appointee

August 27, 2020 / by

Ariana Figueroa /

E&E News

Judith Enck, EPN member and former Regional Administrator for EPA Region 2, was quoted in this article concerning a PFAS incineration study that was cancelled by EPA. Judith was quoted in a similar article by Chemistry World.

New Law for a New Century: NEPA ‘Modernization’ Could Limit Public Input on Environmental Impacts, Lawyers Say

September 2, 2020 / by

Olivia Covington /

Indiana Lawyer

Janet McCabe, EPN member and former Acting Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in this article regarding the Trump administration’s revisions to the National Environmental Policy Act. 

Environmentalists, Health Advocates Press EPA For Stricter Ozone NAAQS

September 1, 2020 / by

Stuart Parker /

Inside EPA

EPN members John Bachmann (former Associate Director for Science/Policy and New Programs, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards), Dr. Bernard Goldstein (former chair, EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee and EPA Assistant Administrator for Research and Development), and Vijay Limay (former Physical Scientist, Air Monitoring and Analysis Section, Air and Radiation Division, EPA Region 5), were quoted in this article regarding an EPA public hearing on the agency’s decision to retain ground-level ozone national ambient air quality standards.

Trump Administration Finalizes Coal Plant Pollution Rollback

August 31, 2020 / by

Matthew Brown and Travis Loller /

Associated Press

Betsy Southerland, EPN member and former Director of the Office of Science and Technology in EPA’s Office of Water, was quoted in this article concerning the finalization of a rule that will rollback wastewater regulations from coal-fired power plants. This article was reprinted by NBC News, PBS NewsHour, and Montana Public Radio. Betsy was also quoted in similar articles by The Guardian, Politico, The Hill, Common Dreams, Courthouse News Service, Ecowatch, and Wake Up Wyoming with Glen Woods.

Provocative Enforcement Chief Finds ‘Few Friends’

August 31, 2020 / by

Kelsey Brugger /

E&E News

EPN members Joel Mintz, former EPA Enforcement and Supervisory Attorney, and Eric Schaeffer, former Director of EPA’s Office of Civil Enforcement, were quoted in this article on EPA’s COVID-19 enforcement policies.

Michigan City, Gary, Ogden Dunes Have Indiana’s Worst Ozone Levels: Experts

August 30, 2020 / by

Meredith Colias-Pete /

Chicago Tribune

Janet McCabe, EPN member and former Acting Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in this article on ground-level ozone levels in Indiana. Janet was quoted in a similar article by WFYI Indianapolis.

‘Real talk’ With Two Environmental Justice Leaders

August 27, 2020 / by

Grist Staff /

Grist

Mustafa Santiago Ali, EPN member and former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was featured in this article on environmental justice leaders.

A Just EPA Budget for Environmental Justice

August 25, 2020 / by

David Coursen /

The Hill

David Coursen, EPN member and former lawyer in EPA’s Office of General Counsel, penned an op-ed in The Hill concerning the distribution of EPA resources toward environmental justice.

This Chemical Can Impair Fertility, but It’s Hard to Avoid

August 25, 2020 / by

Liza Gross /

The New York Times

Tracey Woodruff, EPN member and former EPA senior scientist and policy advisor in the Office of Policy, was quoted in this article concerning hormone-disrupting phthalates effects on fertility.

The Rise of Environmental Justice

August 24, 2020 / by

Rick Mullin & Cheryl Hogue /

Chemical & Engineering 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 regarding the disproportionate impact of polluting industrial facilities in communities of color. 

Thousands Allowed to Bypass Environmental Rules in Pandemic

August 24, 2020 / by

Ellen Knickmeyer, Cathy Bussewitz, John Flesher, Matthew Brown, and Michael Casey /

Associated Press

EPN members Cynthia Giles, former Assistant Administrator, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, and Eric Schaeffer, former director of EPA’s Office of Civil Enforcement, were quoted in this article on the risks to communities as thousands of oil and gas operations, government facilities, and other sites won permission to stop monitoring for hazardous emissions or otherwise bypass rules intended to protect health and the environment because of the coronavirus outbreak. This article also ran in The Detroit News.

EPA Approves Coronavirus-Killing Product — for Just One Airline

August 24, 2020 / by

Rebecca Beitsch /

The Hill

 EPN members Jack Housenger, former Director, Office of Pesticide Programs, Director of the Health Effects and the Biological and Economic Analysis Divisions, and Stan Meiburg, former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6 and Acting Deputy Administrator, were quoted in this article about EPA approving the first long-lasting product to fight surface transmission of the coronavirus.