EPA Rule Would Have Impact Beyond Smokestacks

June 25, 2019 / by

Timothy Puko /

Wall Street Journal

EPN member Janet McCabe, former EPA Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in this article about the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule and its effects on the energy industry beyond simply loosening requirements for emissions reductions from coal-fired power plants.

Ex-EPA Engineer says Wheeler is Misleading Congress about Car Rule

June 24, 2019 / by

Dino Grandoni /

Washington Post

Jeff Alson, EPN member and former EPA Senior Engineer and Policy Advisor, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was quoted in this article about EPA’s controversial new rule for vehicle emissions and various attempts to shut certain employees out of the process, which EPA Administrator Wheeler denied in a recent letter to Congress. A similar article ran in Inside EPA.

Older Workers in EPA Program Blame Agency for Low Pay

June 24, 2019 / by

Stephen Lee /

Bloomberg Environment

Rich Kuhlman, EPN member and former Director of the Grants Administration Division of EPA, was quoted in this article about a report from EPA’s Office of the Inspector General that says that the Senior Environmental Employment program’s wages have remained stagnant for years.

High-Stakes Legal Fight Looms Over Trump Pollution Rule

June 23, 2019 / by

Rebecca Beitsch and Miranda Green /

The Hill

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 the impending legal battle over the ACE rule’s new interpretation of a term in the Clean Air Act, which could prevent future administrations from imposing emissions reduction requirements.

Trump’s EPA Rolls Back Coal Restrictions

June 23, 2019 / by

Bryan Strickland /

MJ Portal

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 the new Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, EPA’s replacement for the Clean Power Plan which removes requirements for cutting carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants.

EPA Advisers Slam Agency Lack of Data on Safety of Pigment

June 20, 2019 / by

Pat Rizzuto /

Bloomberg Environment

Gary Timm, EPN member and former EPA Chief of the Chemical Testing Branch of the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, is quoted in this article about EPA’s lack of scientific evidence to support the conclusion that PV29 poses no unreasonable threat.

Former EPA Staffer Says Wheeler Lied to Congress

June 20, 2019 / by

Rebecca Beitsch /

The Hill

EPN member Jeff Alson, former EPA Senior Engineer and Policy Advisor, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, is quoted in this article about his accusation that Administrator Andrew Wheeler lied in a letter he wrote to Congress Tuesday that denied agency staff were shut out as EPA developed a controversial rollback on Obama-era fuel standards. Similar stories ran in Bloomberg Environment and Greenwire.

Question back in court: What’s the best way to cut emissions?

June 20, 2019 / by

Ellen M. Gilmer /

Greenwire

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 the “best system of emission reduction” (BSER) term in the Clean Air Act after EPA released its replacement rule for the Clean Power Plan, focusing on the legal ramifications of re-interpreting BSER to create a more narrow standard. Similar stories ran in Climatewire and Inside EPA.

Trump Administration Finalizes Replacement To Obama’s Clean Power

June 20, 2019 / by

Rachel Martin /

NPR Morning Edition

Joe Goffman, EPN member and former Associate Assistant Administrator for Climate and Senior Counsel, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, was interviewed on this radio segment about the new Affordable Clean Energy rule, its questionable legality, and its potential negative effects on state regulators and energy markets.

Cost of ACE Could Eclipse Benefits by $980M a Year

June 20, 2019 / by

Jean Chemnick and Niina H. Farah /

Climatewire

EPN members Joe Goffman, former Associate Assistant Administrator for Climate and Senior Counsel, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, and Janet McCabe, former EPA Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, are quoted in this article about the costs of the new ACE rule exceeding its benefits by as much as $980 million per year when its modest cuts in ozone and particulate matter aren’t counted in its favor — something the Trump administration has advocated in other rules.

 

EPA Adopts Risky Legal Stance In ACE To Limit Air Act GHG Authority

June 19, 2019 / by

Dawn Reeves /

Inside EPA

EPN member Joe Goffman, former Associate Assistant Administrator for Climate and Senior Counsel, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, is quoted in this article about the ACE rule’s risky legal interpretation arguing that the agency is prohibited from issuing the types of broad greenhouse gas standards that were included in the CPP in a bid to block a future administration from re-imposing similarly expansive requirements.

How EPA Administrator Wheeler Completely Misinterprets Science

June 20, 2019 / by

Dr. Bernard Goldstein /

The Hill

Dr. Bernard Goldstein, EPN member and former chair, EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, and former EPA Assistant Administrator for Research and Development, wrote this op-ed about Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s misinterpretation of a double-blind study and the current lack of knowledgeable scientific leadership and appreciation for accurate scientific advice at EPA.

Will Trump’s New Directive ‘Lobotomize’ Federal Brain?

June 20, 2019 / by

Celia Wexler /

Who.What.Why.

EPN member Betsy Southerland, former Director, EPA Office of Science and Technology in the Office of Water, was quoted in this article about President Trump’s executive order to cut one-third of all science advisory committees; while administration officials claim this will help save government resources, opponents argue it could further undermine the role of science in informing federal policymaking.

Scientists Call For US EPA To Reconvene Expert Panel On Particulate Matter Pollution

June 20, 2019 / by

Bryant Furlow /

The Lancet Respir. Med.

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 renewed calls for EPA Administrator Wheeler to reinstate the Particulate Matter Review Panel under CASAC, with critics pointing out similarities to the Trump Administrations’ broader attacks on the role of science in policy-making.

Trump Administration Relaxes Emissions Limits on Power Plants

June 19, 2019 / by

Jeff Tollefson /

Nature

Janet McCabe, EPN member and former EPA Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, is quoted in this article about EPA finalizing its plan to relax limits on greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants.

Trump’s Replacement to Obama’s Clean Power Plan Is Just as Bad as We Thought It’d Be

June 19, 2019 / by

Yessenia Funes /

Earther

EPN member, Ellen Kurlansky, former EPA Air Policy Analyst and Advisor, is quoted in this article about Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s announcement Wednesday that EPA’s replacement for the Clean Power Plan, which aimed to reduce carbon emissions from the energy sector to combat climate change, has been finalized.

 

Trump’s EPA Knows Its New Coal Rule Could Kill 1,400 People Per Year

June 19, 2019 / by

Alex Lubben /

Vice News

EPN members, Ellen Kurlansky, former EPA Air Policy Analyst and Advisor, Joe Goffman, former Associate Assistant Administrator for Climate and Senior Counsel, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, and Janet McCabe, former EPA Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, are quoted in this article about EPA Administrator Wheeler’s announcement Wednesday of the Agency’s replacement for the Clean Power Plan, which had aimed to reduce CO2 levels from energy production by a third by 2030. The new rule stipulates that to reduce emissions, coal-fired power plants only need to install more efficient technology.

Trump’s Weaker Clean Power Plan Replacement Won’t Stop Coal’s Decline

June 19, 2019 / by

Marianne Lavelle and John Cushman /

InsdieClimate News

EPN member Joe Goffman, former Associate Assistant Administrator for Climate and Senior Counsel, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, is quoted in this InsideClimate News article about the narrowly written replacement to the Clean Power Plan that the Trump administration conceded would accomplish less than the rule it threw out and would be only a tiny fraction cleaner than leaving one of the main sources of greenhouse gases completely unregulated. A similar article also ran in The Guardian.

Trump Administration Replaces Obama-Era Power Plant Rule, in Boost to Coal

June 19, 2019 / by

Valerie Volcovici /

Reuters

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 the Trump administration finalizing the Affordable Clean Energy rule, which EPA claims can cut pollution without damaging the coal industry. Similar articles ran in Thomson Reuters Foundation NewsThe Washington Examiner and Earth.com.

Trump EPA Rolls Back Obama Rule on Coal-Fired Power Plants

June 19, 2019 / by

Ellen Knickmeyer /

Associated Press

EPN member Joe Goffman, former Associate Assistant Administrator for Climate and Senior Counsel, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, is quoted in this article about Administrator Wheeler signing the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, the replacement for the Clean Power Plan that contains much less stringent federal requirements for power plants. The story also ran in WMC 5, and a similar stories ran in CBS News, ABC News and KTUU.

Trump Administration Weakens Climate Plan To Help Coal Plants Stay Open

June 19, 2019 / by

Jeff Brady /

NPR

Janet McCabe, EPN member and former EPA Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, is quoted in this audio clip about EPA’s replacement for the Clean Power Plan, which would loosen requirements that protect Americans from air pollution. (Clips starts at approximately 2:24).

Trump Deals Final Blow To Clean Power Plan, Obama’s Signature Climate Policy

June 19, 2019 / by

Alexander C. Kaufman /

HuffPost

EPN member Janet McCabe, former EPA Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, is quoted in this article about EPA’s plan to replace the Clean Power Plan with a rule that supports the fossil fuel industry instead of cleaner energy sources. A similar article ran in GreenTechMedia.

Trump Rolls Back Obama’s Biggest Climate Rule

June 19, 2019 / by

Alex Guillén /

POLITICO

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 EPA Administrator Wheeler’s replacement for the Clean Power Plan, which would apply more lenient restrictions while propping up the coal industry. Similar stories also ran in Earth News and Voice of America.

Trump to Swap Obama’s ‘Clean Power Plan’ for Modest Upgrades

June 18, 2019 / by

Jennifer A. Dlouhy /

Bloomberg

Janet McCabe, EPN member and former EPA Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, is quoted in this article about the rumored unveiling of EPA’s rewrite of the Clean Power Plan, which would replace sweeping curbs on power plant emissions with requirements for modest upgrades the sites. This piece also ran in Yahoo Finance and Stars and Stripes.