Is this Controversial Weedkiller Helping or Hurting our Food Supply?

June 22, 2020 / by

Scott Tong /

Marketplace

Bill Jordan, EPN member and former Deputy Director, EPA Office of Pesticide Programs, was quoted in this article regarding the herbicide dicamba and its current status in the courts. 

Louisville’s ‘Black Lives Matter’ Demonstrations Continue a Long Quest for Environmental Justice

June 21, 2020 / by

James Bruggers /

InsideClimate 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 inclusion of environmental justice in the demands of Black Lives Matter protests in Louisville, Kentucky.

Climate Crisis Weekly: Slow and steady Wins! Giant Tortoises Save Their Own Species

June 20, 2020 / by

Michelle Lewis /

Electrek

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 EPA’s decision not to issue a national regulation for perchlorate. Betsy was quoted in a similar article by Smart Water Magazine.

Plastic Panic During the Pandemic: How Single-Use Items Meant to Protect us will Harm the Planet

June 20, 2020 / by

Zack Fishman /

Medill Reports

Judith Enck, EPN member and former EPA Regional Administrator for Region 2, was quoted in this article on single-use plastic consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic and its environmental repercussions.

Environmental Injustice Is Even Worse Than We Thought

June 18, 2020 / by

David Coursen /

Resilience

David Coursen, EPN member and former attorney in EPA’s Office of General Counsel, penned this op-ed concerning the disproportionate share of pollution that occurs in low-wealth communities and communities of color.

Trump Administration Will Not Regulate Rocket Fuel Chemical in Drinking Water

June 18, 2020 / by

Emily Holden /

The Guardian

Betsy Southerland, EPN member and former Director of the Office of Science and Technology in EPA Office of Water, was quoted in this article on EPA’s decision not to regulate perchlorate, a rocket fuel chemical, in drinking water.

The Environmental Justice Wake-Up Call

June 17, 2020 / by

Lisa Friedman /

The New York Times

Mustafa Santiago Ali, EPN member and former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice was quoted in this article regarding testimony he gave during a Congressional hearing entitled, “Pollution and Pandemics: COVID-19’s Disproportionate Impact on Environmental Justice Communities.” Mustafa was quoted in a similar article by Michigan Advance.

INSIGHT: National Perchlorate Standard Isn’t Needed to Protect Health

June 16, 2020 / by

Joe Cotruvo /

Bloomberg

Joe Cotruvo, EPN member and former Director, Criteria and Standards Division, EPA Office of Drinking Water, penned this op-ed on EPA’s decision to not regulate perchlorate in drinking water. 

Albany Water Commissioner: Dealing With The Pandemic

June 15, 2020 / by

Dave Lucas /

WAMC NorthEast Public Radio

Judith Enck, EPN member and former EPA Regional Administrator for Region 2, was quoted in this article on the steps the Albany water commissioner is taking to protect employees and the water system during the pandemic. Judith was also quoted in an article in Newsday on the effects the pandemic will have on environmental protections in the short and long term.

Misguided Health Policy Foments Confusion, Risk and Disunity

June 15, 2020 / by

Joel Mintz /

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Joel Mintz, EPN member and former EPA Enforcement and Supervisory Attorney, published an op-ed in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on how the Trump administration’s deregulation of environmental protections has exacerbated the health implications associated with the pandemic.

How George Floyd Protests Swayed a Texas Fracking Town

June 12, 2020 / by

Mike Lee /

E&E News

Mustafa Santiago Ali, EPN member and former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice; and Community Revitalization; and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice,  was quoted in this article regarding the City Council of Arlington, Texas, rejecting of a natural gas well that would have caused disproportionate harm to black and Hispanic residents. Mustafa was also quoted in an article by USA Today on the different forms of environmental racism. 

Trump and EPA Have Been Making Controversial Decisions Over America’s Air Quality During Coronavirus Pandemic

June 12, 2020 / by

Aristos Georgiou /

Newsweek

EPN members Joseph Goffman (former Associate Assistant Administrator for Climate and Senior Counsel, EPA Office of Air and Radiation), Ellen Kurlansky (former Air Policy Analyst and Advisor, EPA Office of Air and Radiation), and Janet McCabe (former Acting Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Air and Radiation) were quoted in this article about the negative effects the Trump administration’s deregulatory campaign is having on air quality during the pandemic.

Trump EPA’s Refusal to Strengthen Air Quality Standards Most Likely to Harm Communities of Color, Experts Say

June 12, 2020 / by

Dana Drugmand /

DeSmogBlog

Mustafa Santiago Ali, EPN member and former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was quoted in this article on the Trump administration’s decision to retain existing particulate matter standards and the harm it will have on communities of color.

Traffic was Down in Phoenix, but Ozone Levels Remained Stubbornly High. What’s Happening?

June 12, 2020 / by

Erin Stone /

The Arizona Republic

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 on the rise of ground-level ozone in Phoenix despite a drop in automobile traffic.

Citizen Petitions Under TSCA Could Grow After Fluoride Trial

June 11, 2020 / by

Terry Hyland /

Chemical Watch

Carl Reeverts, EPN member and former Project Manager, Infrastructure Branch, EPA Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water; and Deputy Director of the EPA Drinking Water Protection Division, was quoted in this article on how citizen petitions are handled under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) due to a recent trial on the use of fluoride in drinking water.

As the Pebble Mine Nears a Decision, Questions Surround its Environmental Review

June 10, 2020 / by

Ashley Braun /

Hakai Magazine

Dennis McLarren, EPN member and former Regional Administrator, EPA Region 10, was quoted in this article regarding the environmental review for the Pebble Mine, a proposed gold and copper open-pit mine that would have harmful effects on the Bristol Bay watershed.

Wheeler Touts Superfund Success Report, but Key Cleanup Data Missing

June 10, 2020 / by

Suzanne Yohannan /

Inside EPA

Betsy Southerland, EPN member and former Director of the Office of Science and Technology in EPA’s Office of Water, was quoted and EPN was mentioned in this article regarding missing data from EPA’s superfund program despite the administration touting the program’s success.

‘Unexplored Territory.’ Trump Jumps Into Legal Limbo on NEPA

June 9, 2020 / by

Niina H. Farah and Jennifer Hijazi /

E&E News

Joel Mintz, EPN member and former EPA Enforcement and Supervisory Attorney, was quoted in this article on a recent executive order by President Trump that asks federal agencies to waive environmental reviews on infrastructure projects being built during the pandemic. Joel was quoted in similar articles by S&P Global, Utility Dive, the Inquisitr, The Architects Newspaper, the Global Government Forum, and Red Green & Blue.

As EPA Steps Back, States Face Wave of Requests for Environmental Leniency

June 9, 2020 / by

Rebecca Hersher /

WAMU

EPN members George Czerniak (former Director, Air and Radiation Division, EPA, Region 5), Janet McCabe (former Acting Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Air and Radiation), and Robert Verchick (former EPA Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy) were quoted in this article on the wave of deregulation requests that have been made to state regulators by companies across the country.

Congress Told to Take Holistic Approach to Environmental Justice

June 9, 2020 / by

Kellie Lunney /

Bloomberg

Mustafa Santiago Ali, EPN member and former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization, and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was quoted in this article regarding a virtual public hearing held by the House Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change on “Pollution and Pandemics: COVID-19’s Disproportionate Impact on Environmental Justice Communities.” Mustafa was quoted in similar articles by The Washington Post, Politico, E&E News, The Hill, Our Daily Planet, and was interviewed on the Political Climate podcast.

SACC Deepens Concern Over Narrow Scope Of Draft EPA Asbestos Analysis

June 8, 2020 / by

Maria Hegstad /

Inside EPA

Bob Sussman, EPN member and former EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in an article by Inside EPA on the asbestos draft risk evaluation under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

INSIGHT: A Neglected Business Opportunity to Save the Planet

June 8, 2020 / by

Dan Reich /

Bloomberg

Dan Reich, EPN member and former Assistant Regional Counsel, EPA Region 9, penned this op-ed on how Congress signing the Kigali Agreement would not only reduce hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) but provide American industry with a business opportunity.

Will Trump’s EPA Rule Backfire on ‘Energy Dominance’?

June 8, 2020 / by

Hannah Northey /

E&E News

Mark Ryan, EPN member and former EPA Regional Counsel, Region 10, was quoted in this article on EPA’s final rule on section 401 of the CWA, which would curtail the ability of the states to reject pipelines and other energy projects.

Court Fight Could Lead to Limits on Fluoridated Drinking Water

June 8, 2020 / by

Dan Ross /

Capitol Weekly

Bob Sussman, EPN member and former EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article on the use of fluoride in American drinking water and an ongoing trial in San Francisco that can curtail it.