Confronting Plastic Pollution to Protect Environmental and Public Health

March 30, 2021 / by

Liza Gross and Judith Enck /

PLoS Biology

EPN member Judith Enck, former Regional Administrator, EPA Region 2, edited this collection of commentary articles discussing the challenges that must be faced in dealing with microplastics.

Federal ‘Brain Drain’ Examined by Science Committee

March 30, 2021 / by

Andrea Peterson /

American Institute of Physics

The testimony of EPN member Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was quoted in this article discussing a House Science Committee report and subcommittee hearing about staffing levels at several federal science agencies.

Industry Eyeing EPA’s Hustle to Control ‘Forever Chemicals’

March 29, 2021 / by

Pat Rizzuto /

Bloomberg Law

EPN members Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, and Bob Sussman, former EPA Deputy Administrator and former Senior Policy Counsel to the EPA Administrator, were quoted in this article discussing four regulations EPA recently announced aimed at getting data on and regulating per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

Biden Lays Groundwork for Environmental Regulations

March 28, 2021 / by

Zack Budryk and Rachel Frazin /

The Hill

EPN member Stan Meiburg, former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6 and Acting EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article regarding actions the Biden administration is taking on a range of environmental issues.

Common Mosquito Pesticide Packed with PFAS

March 26, 2021 / by

E.A. Crunden and Ariel Wittenberg /

E&E News

EPN member Tim Whitehouse, PEER Executive Director and former EPA senior attorney, was quoted in this article about test results revealing the presence of per- and polyfluorolalkyl substances in Permanone 30-30, a mosquito-control pesticide widely used in Maryland and other states.

Metal Shredding Company Move Sparks Protests

March 26, 2021 / by

Linda Lutton /

WBEZ-NPR

EPN member Mustafa Santiago Ali, former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was interviewed in this radio segment about cumulative impacts.

EPA Science Advisers Could Face Ouster Under ‘Reset’

March 26, 2021 / by

Sean Reilly /

E&E News

EPN member Chris Zarba, former Director, EPA Science Advisory Board, was quoted and EPN was cited in this article discussing Administrator Regan’s review of EPA’s federal advisory committee panels.

Will Biden’s Environmental Justice Promise Lead to Stronger Action Under TSCA?

March 25, 2021 / by

Terry Hyland /

Chemical Watch

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 importance of incorporating cumulative impacts into chemical policy and integrating chemical policy into the various environmental justice tools being developed by the agency.

The Coal Plant Next Door

March 22, 2021 / by

Max Blau /

ProPublica

EPN member Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was quoted in this article concerning Georgia Power’s efforts to avoid paying clean-up costs for groundwater contamination from their largest coal ash pond. The article was reprinted in Grist.

EJ Backers Seek New TSCA Test Mandates to Boost Equity in Protections

March 22, 2021 / by

David LaRoss /

Inside EPA

EPN member Tracey Woodruff, former EPA senior scientist and policy advisor in EPA Office of Policy, was quoted in this article discussing the need for EPA and other federal agencies to invest more resources toward determining toxic chemicals’ effects on human health.

State Politics Hamstring EPA’s Pursuit of Polluters

March 19, 2021 / by

Kelsey Brugger /

E&E News

EPN members Judith Enck (former Regional Administrator for EPA Region 2), Eric Schaeffer (former Director, EPA Office of Civil Enforcement), Betsy Southerland (former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water), and Tim Whitehouse (former senior attorney at EPA) were quoted in this article discussing how much authority EPA enforcement officials should delegate to state agencies.

Trump Rule Imperils More Than 40,000 Waterways

March 19, 2021 / by

Hannah Northey /

E&E News

EPN member Ellen Gilinsky, former Associate Deputy Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Water, was quoted in this article describing the incredibly high number of unprotected waters left vulnerable by the Trump-era Navigable Waters Protection Rule.

Interstate Rule is One Fix in Thicket of Upwind Pollution Woes

March 18, 2021 / by

Jennifer Hijazi /

Bloomberg Law

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 regarding EPA’s recent update to the Cross-State Air Pollution rule, the agency’s first rulemaking under President Biden.

Environmentalists Eye ‘Damning’ Records to Support TSCA Reversals

March 18, 2021 / by

Diana DiGangi /

Inside EPA

Bob Sussman, EPN member, former EPA Deputy Administrator, and Senior Policy Counsel to the EPA Administrator, was quoted in this article regarding recently revealed communications between Trump EPA officials and industry and trade associations concerning changes to the TSCA new chemicals program.

Study Finds 55 New Chemicals in Babies’ Blood

March 17, 2021 / by

Ariel Wittenberg /

E&E News

EPN member Tracey Woodruff, former EPA senior scientist and policy advisor in the Office of Policy, was quoted in this article describing her recently published study reporting 55 new chemicals found in pregnant women and their newborn babies.

Biden Told to Buff Feds’ ‘Brand’ to Lure Scientists to Agencies

March 17, 2021 / by

Stephen Lee /

Bloomberg Law

EPN member Betsy Southerland, former Director of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was quoted in this article discussing recommendations to rebuild the federal scientific workforce made during a House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology hearing. Betsy was also quoted in articles about the hearing that appeared in E&E News, Government Executive, Inside EPA, CQ Roll Call, Federal Times, Federal News Network, and National Journal.

What the Clean Air Act did for Los Angeles—and the Country

March 16, 2021 / by

Beth Gardiner /

National Geographic

Mustafa Santiago Ali, EPN member and former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and EPA Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was quoted in this article series on the 50th anniversary of the Clean Air Act and the continued work needed to combat air pollution.

CHPAC Proposal Seen as Common Ground for TSCA Prioritization Plans

March 15, 2021 / by

Diana DiGangi /

Inside EPA

Gary Timm, EPN member and former Chief, Chemical Testing Branch, EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics , was quoted and EPN was cited in this article discussing recommendations made by the EPA’s Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee to improve the chemical prioritization process for TSCA evaluations.

Environmental Justice Plays a Key Role in Biden’s Covid-19 Stimulus Package

March 14, 2021 / by

Marianne Lavelle /

Inside Climate 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 discussing the amount of funding that has been allocated to address environmental justice issues in the Biden administration’s COVID-19 stimulus package.

‘Poster Child’ for Policy Failure: Will EPA Ban Asbestos?

March 12, 2021 / by

E. A. Crunden /

E&E News

Bob Sussman, EPN member, former EPA Deputy Administrator and Senior Policy Counsel to the EPA Administrator, was quoted in this article discussing ongoing efforts to implement an asbestos ban.

Regan Faces Immediate Call for TSCA Asbestos Ban After Confirmation

March 11, 2021 / by

Maria Hegstad /

Inside EPA

EPN’s press release regarding the Senate confirmation of EPA Administrator Regan was cited in this article describing industry and environmentalists’ reactions to Regan’s confirmation as well as already growing pressure for him to take action on asbestos. The statement was also quoted in an Electrek article discussing Administrator Regan’s confirmation.

The Race to Develop Plastic-Eating Bacteria

March 10, 2021 / by

Scott Carpenter /

Forbes

Judith Enck, EPN member and former Regional Administrator for EPA Region 2, was quoted in this article concerning the possible use of plastic-eating microorganisms to degrade plastic waste.

We Cannot Afford to Wait on RGGI

March 10, 2021 / by

Bernard Goldstein /

Indiana Gazette

Bernard Goldstein, former chair, EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee and former EPA Assistant Administrator for Research and Development, wrote this op-ed discussing the need for Pennsylvania to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

Senate Confirms Michael Regan as the Nation’s New Top Environmental Watchdog

March 10, 2021 / by

Kyle Midura /

Gray TV

EPN member Stan Meiburg, former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6 and Acting EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted and EPN was cited in this article discussing Michael Regan’s confirmation as EPA Administrator. The article also ran in KWQC and WLUC.