First-Ever Renewable Energy Day Held at the Statehouse

March 7, 2019 / by

Rob Burgess /

Nuvo

Janet McCabe, EPN member and Advisor and former EPA Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, is quoted in this article about renewable energy advocates across Indiana assembling at the Statehouse for the first Renewable Energy Day.

New Warnings on Plastic’s Health Risks as Fracking Industry Promotes New ‘Plastics Belt’ Build-Out

March 5, 2019 / by

Sharon Kelly /

Desmog

EPN member George Czerniak, former EPA Director, Air and Radiation Division, Region 5, is quoted in this article about the life cycle of plastic from the moment an oil and gas well is drilled to the time plastic trash breaks down in the environment.

Chemours Faces First Notice of Violation Issued Under TSCA

March 5, 2019 / by

Lisa Martine Jenkins /

Chemical Watch

EPN member Bob Sussman, former EPA Deputy Administrator and Senior Policy Counsel to Administrator, is quoted in this article about EPA’s first Notice of Violation under TSCA to chemical giant Chemours, based on a variety of alleged reporting and notification failures.

Frustrated by EPA, States Blaze Ahead on PFAS

March 4 2019 / by

Cecelia Smith-Schoenwalder /

E&E News

Betsy Southerland, EPN member and former EPA Director, Office of Science & Technology in the Office of Water, is quoted in this article about several states’ dissatisfaction with the EPA’s PFAS action plan, spurring them to push forward with their own policies.

Nearly All U.S. Coal Plants Are Contaminating Groundwater, Report Finds

March 4, 2019 / by

Yessenia Funes /

Earther

Betsy Southerland, EPN member and former EPA Director, Office of Science & Technology in the Office of Water, is quoted in this article about contaminated groundwater due to poor regulation of coal ash waste ponds.

Lines Drawn on Proposed WOTUS Rule

March 1, 2019 / by

Todd Neeley /

Ohio's Country Journal

Mark Hague, EPN Board member and former EPA Regional Administrator and Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 7, is quoted in this article on the pro and con arguments made about the proposed new definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule during the two days of hearings held by EPA and the Army in Kansas City.

Research Office to ‘Coordinate’ Regional Labs

March 1, 2019 / by

Kevin Bogardus /

E&E News

EPN Board Member Stan Meiburg, former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6 and Acting Deputy Administrator, and EPN member Tom 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 ORD acting as the national program manager for the regional labs starting in fiscal 2020.

The Green New Deal: The Good, the Bad and the Unrealistic

Feb 28, 2019 / by

Alexandra Vollman /

The Conservationist

EPN member Bob Sussman, former EPA Deputy Administrator and Senior Policy Counsel to Administrator, is widely quoted in this article about the ambitious Green New Deal and its call to action.

Officials Mull Possible Changes in the Way Pollutants in Our Water Supply Are Regulated

Feb 28, 2019 / by

Shannon O'Brien /

Fox 4 Kansas City

Mark Hague, EPN Board Member and former EPA Regional Administrator and Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 7, is quoted in this article about the two days of hearings held by EPA and the Army in Kansas City on the proposed new definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS).

US Keeps Air Pollution Standard Established Under Obama

Feb 26, 2019 / by

Matthew Brown /

Associated Press

Janet McCabe, EPN member and former EPA Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, is quoted in this article about the EPA keeping in place a threshold for sulfur dioxide pollution from power plants established in 2010.

Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Drinking Water Leave Military Families Reeling

Feb 22, 2019 / by

Julie Turkewitz /

The New York Times

EPN member Judith Enck, former EPA Regional Administrator for Region 2, is quoted in this article about the Defense Department’s admission that it allowed a firefighting foam to slip into at least 55 drinking water systems at military bases around the globe, exposing tens of thousands of Americans to PFAS chemicals.

Money Radio Interview with Betsy Southerland

Feb 22, 2019 / by

Sinclair Noe /

Money Radio 105.3/1510

Betsy Southerland, EPN member and former EPA Director, Office of Science & Technology in the Office of Water, was interviewed about the loss of public health and safety protections under the current Administration due to regulatory rollbacks.

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick Calls for EPA Timeline on Toxic PFAS Chemicals

Feb 21, 2019 / by

Kyle Bagenstose /

The Intelligencer

EPN member Betsy Southerland, former EPA Director, Office of Science & Technology in the Office of Water, is quoted in this article on the continuing controversy over the EPA’s “action plan” for toxic PFAS chemicals.

White House Ends California Talks on Mileage Dispute

Feb 21, 2019 / by

Ellen Knickmeyer and Tom Krisher /

Associated Press

Janet McCabe, EPN member and former EPA Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, is quoted in this article about the Trump Administration breaking off talks with California on vehicle mileage standards, which could increase the chances of a court battle.

Trump administration talks with California over fuel efficiency break down

Feb 21, 2019 / by

Steven Mufson and Brady Dennis /

The Washington Post

EPN member Margo Oge, 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 negotiations between California and the White House ending as the Trump Administration prepares to move forward with their rollback on vehicle fuel-efficiency standards.

White House Breaks Off Talks with Calif.

Feb 21, 2019 / by

Maxine Joselow /

E&E News

EPN member Jeff Alson, former EPA Senior Engineer and Policy Advisor in the Office of Transportation and Air Quality, is quoted in this article about the White House ending negotiations with California over its rollback of the clean car rules. Jeff is also quoted in Grist’s
article on the same topic.

House Panel Schedules Hearing on ‘Dismal’ EPA Enforcement Numbers

Feb 20, 2019 / by

Inside EPA /

Inside EPA

EPN member Cynthia Giles, former EPA Assistant Administrator, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, is quoted in this article about House Democrats ramping up their oversight of the Trump EPA.

US NGOs File Suit over EPA Asbestos Petition Denial

Feb 20 2019 / by

Kelly Franklin /

Chemical Watch

EPN member Bob Sussman, former EPA Deputy Administrator and Senior Policy Counsel to Administrator, is quoted in this article on a lawsuit brought by public health groups to overturn the US EPA’s denial of its petition to require expanded reporting on asbestos.

Green Justice, Hip Hop Caucus Leader Heads to NWF

Feb 20, 2019 / by

Kellie Lunney /

E&E News

EPN member Mustafa Ali, former EPA Environmental Justice Administrator, is quoted in this article about the National Wildlife Federation bringing Ali on as its first vice president for environmental justice, climate and community revitalization.

The Lost Generation: Trump’s environmental policies are putting the health of American children at risk.

Feb 20, 2019 / by

Stephen S. Hall /

New York Magazine

EPN member Betsy Southerland, former EPA Director, Office of Science & Technology in the Office of Water, is quoted in this article about the Trump Administration putting the most vulnerable Americans at risk.

Declaring a National Emergency Won’t Solve the Climate Crisis

Feb 19, 2019 / by

Kate Wheeling /

Pacific Standard

EPN member Joe Goffman, former EPA Associate Assistant Administrator for Climate and Senior Counsel in the Office of Air and Radiation, is quoted in this article about environmental law experts’ belief that the presidential powers unlocked by declaring a national emergency are the wrong tools for solving the climate crisis.

Did the Trump EPA Invoke ‘Emergency’ Rules to Allow Use of a Pesticide Harmful to Bees?

Feb 19, 2019 / by

Alex Kasprak /

Snopes

Bill Jordan, EPN member and former EPA Deputy Director, Office of Pesticide Programs, is quoted in this article about an insecticide the EPA considers “very highly toxic” to bees being sprayed on more than 16 million acres of crops known to attract bees under an emergency approval.

Scientist Says Some Pollution Is Good for You — a Disputed Claim Trump’s EPA Has Embraced

Feb 19, 2019 / by

Susanne Rust /

Los Angeles Times

EPN member Tom 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, is quoted in this article about the major White House shift to actively seek advice from industry lobbyists and the scientists they commission in setting pollution rules.

It’s Official: Trump’s Policies Deter EPA Staff from Enforcing the Law

Feb 16, 2019 / by

Joel Mintz /

The Hill

EPN member Joel Mintz, former EPA Enforcement and Supervisory Attorney, wrote this op-ed about the dismal decline in EPA enforcement under the Trump Administration.