This Town Didn’t Want to Be a Radioactive Waste Dump. The Government Is Giving Them No Choice.

May 16, 2019 / by

Yessinia Funes /

Earther

Kathy Setian, EPN member and former EPA Superfund Project Manager, Region 9, is quoted in this article about a landfill—or “on-site waste disposal cell,” as the DOE calls it—being built in south central Ohio, which will be one of the largest nuclear waste dumps east of the Mississippi when finished.

Getting Rid Of This Vehicle Fuel Economy Standard Is Actually A Great Way To Combat Climate Change

May 15 2019 / by

Margo One /

Forbes

EPN member Margo Oge, former Director, EPA Office of Radiation and Indoor Air and Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality, wrote an op-ed about the insufficient law that sets federal fuel economy standards and how President Trump has contorted it into an illegitimate way to attack states working to reduce greenhouse gases and air pollution. Margo is also quoted in a Climatewire article that talks about her opinion piece.

Past Officials Don’t See ‘Grand Plan’ on Climate Modeling

May 15, 2019 / by

Jean Chemnick /

E&E News

EPN members Dan Costa, former National Program Director, EPA Air, Climate, and Energy Research Program; Joe Goffman, former Associate Assistant Administrator for Climate and Senior Counsel, EPA Office of Air and Radiation; Anna Phillips, former Program Manager, EPA Office of International Affairs; and Chris Zarba, former Director, EPA Science Advisory Board, are quoted in this about whether the administration might restrict the use of climate models in the future, potentially leading to large changes in public policy.

What The Hal? The Air We Breathe

May 15 2019 / by

Hal Eisner /

Fox 11 Los Angeles

Wayne Nastri, EPN member and former EPA Administrator, Region 9, was interviewed on What about the air we breathe and the progress in air quality over the years, despite Los Angeles and Southern California counties receiving a failing grade on the American Lung Association’s report card.

HBO GO Vice News

May 10, 2019 / by

Vice Staff /

Vice News

EPN member Stan Meiburg, former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6 and Acting Deputy Administrator, was interviewed in this segment comparing 2008 and 2019 versions of a guidebook on managing disaster debris. In spite of the administration’s position on climate change, the revised 2019 guidebook emphasizes the connections between natural disasters and climate, and the need to be prepared.

Data Concerns Fuel Controversy Over TSCA PV29 Risk Evaluation

May 10, 2019 / by

Kelly Franklin /

Chemical Watch

EPN member Robert Sussman, former EPA Deputy Administrator and Senior Policy Counsel to Administrator, is quoted in this article about whether the public can trust TSCA risk evaluations without access to full and unredacted copies of health and safety information.

Frustrated With EPA, Lawmakers Seek Bipartisan Approach On Asbestos

May 10, 2019 / by

Inside EPA Staff /

Inside EPA

EPN members Robert Sussman, former EPA Deputy Administrator and Senior Policy Counsel to Administrator, is quoted in this article about House lawmakers signaling that they are willing to pursue bipartisan negotiations on a Democratic bill that would outright ban the import and use of asbestos due to frustration over EPA’s handling of the substance under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

EPA Disregards Own Scientists on Asbestos Ban

May 9, 2019 / by

Peter Castagno /

Citizen Truth

EPN member Betsy Southerland, former Director, EPA Office of Science and Technology in the Office of Water, is quoted in the Citizen Truth article about The New York Times report that revealed EPA officials disregarded the recommendations of their own scientists when issuing a rule that restricts Asbestos use but does not ban it. 

Stalled Secret Science Rule Already Impacting Regulatory Review

May 7, 2019 / by

Tom Oates /

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

EPN members John Bachmann, former Associate Director for Science/Policy and New Programs, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, and Betsy Southerland, former Director, EPA Office of Science and Technology in the Office of Water, are quoted in this article (11th from the top) about EPA’s proposed transparency rule, which would require the agency to rely only on methods and data that are specifically identified, publicly available, and substantially reproducible.

Former EPA Staffer on Why Marginalized Communities Deserve a Voice in Environmental Policy

May 7, 2019 / by

Stateside Staff /

NPR Michigan Radio

EPN member Mustafa Santiago Ali, former EPA Environmental Justice Administrator, was interviewed on NPR Stateside about the need for marginalized communities to have a voice in environmental policy.

 

EPA Expands Asbestos SNUR While Curbing Risk Evaluation, Irking Critics

May 6, 2019 / by

Maria Hegstad /

Inside EPA

EPN members Robert Sussman, former EPA Deputy Administrator and Senior Policy Counsel to Administrator; Betsy Southerland, former Director, EPA Office of Science and Technology in the Office of Water; and Gary Timm, former EPA Chief of the Chemical Testing Branch of the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, are quoted in this article about EPA’s finalized rule regulating renewed uses of asbestos, which expanded the number of applications subject to regulation but cut some of those applications from a related risk evaluation of existing uses, angering critics and renewing the call for a total ban on asbestos.

INSIGHT: EPA Groundwater Cleanup Guidance Not Protective

May 6, 2019 / by

Betsy Southerland /

Bloomberg Environment

EPN member Betsy Southerland, former Director, EPA Office of Science and Technology in the Office of Water, wrote an op-ed about the Trump administration’s Draft Interim Recommendations to Address Groundwater Contaminated with PFOA and PFOS, chemicals that are part of a class of per- and polyfluorinated (PFAS) substances found in many consumer products. They persist for years in the environment and in the human body and have the potential to cause serious health effects.

Industry Raises Fears Over EPA’s Asbestos Shift But Largely Backs SNUR

May 6, 2019 / by

Maria Hegstad /

Inside EPA

EPN members Robert Sussman, former EPA Deputy Administrator and Senior Policy Counsel to Administrator is quoted in this article about industry lawyers who represent chemical and other industries generally backing EPA’s recently expanded significant new use rule (SNUR) governing legacy uses of asbestos.

House Panel Talks Health Effects of Climate Change

April 30, 2019 / by

Brandi Buchman /

Courthouse News Service

Dr. Bernard Goldstein, EPN member and former EPA Chair of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee and former EPA Assistant Administrator for Research and Development, is quoted in this article about the House Oversight and Government Reform Environment Subcommittee’s hearing on climate change and how Congress must address increased rates of asthma, the spread of disease, and an uptick in mental and behavioral health issues linked to a warming and increasingly polluted planet.

EPA Drops Threshold From PFAS Guide, Raising Removal Bar, Critics Say

April 29, 2019 / by

Suzanne Yohannan /

Inside EPA

Betsy Southerland, EPN member and former EPA Director, Office of Science and Technology in the Office of Water, is quoted in this article about The White House’s decision to drop a default threshold for EPA’s groundwater cleanup guide for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The decision is sparking charges that regulators may not pursue some cleanups because they will be harder to justify.

Critics Accuse EPA of Weakening Pollution Rule for Pentagon

April 26, 2019 / by

Rebecca Beitsch /

The Hill

Betsy Southerland, EPN member and former EPA Director, Office of Science and Technology in the Office of Water, is quoted in this article about EPA’s draft PFAS guidance, which critics say would weaken the Pentagon’s obligation to deal with harmful chemicals that pollute groundwater near military bases.

Critics Pan EPA Draft of PFAS Cleanup Guidance

April 26, 2019 / by

Kyle Bagenstose /

The Intelligencer

Betsy Southerland, EPN member and former EPA Director, Office of Science and Technology in the Office of Water, is quoted in this article about EPA’s draft guidance detailing the cleanup of PFAS chemicals from groundwater, which critics feel is too lax and ambiguous.

Is the EPA Stifling Science on Chemical Toxicity Reports?

April 26, 2019 / by

Jim Daley /

Scientific American

EPN members Tom Burke, former EPA Science Advisor and Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Research and Development (ORD); Rita Schoeny, former Senior Science Advisor for the Office of Water and Office of Science Policy in the Office of Research and Development; and Dr. Bernard Goldstein, former EPA Chair of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee and former EPA Assistant Administrator for Research and Development, are quoted in this article about EPA’s change in approach to chemical toxicity oversight.

Inside the EPA’s ‘Resistance Room,’ Where Trump Was Never President and Climate Change Is Real

April 26, 2019 / by

Alexander Nazaryan /

Yahoo News

EPN member Stan Meiburg, former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6 and Acting Deputy Administrator, is quoted in this article about the EPA museum, opened by EPA administrator Gina McCarthy at the end of the Obama administration, where currently the only sign of the Trump administration is a framed photo of Andrew Wheeler.

EPA Drops Emergency Trigger from PFAS Cleanup Guidance

April 25, 2019 / by

Annie Snider /

Politico Pro

Betsy Southerland, EPN member and former EPA Director, Office of Science and Technology in the Office of Water, is quoted in this article about EPA’s draft PFAS guidance, which does not include a trigger for federal regulators to respond immediately to sites contaminated with dangerously high levels of the chemicals, as is typically included in such documents and was part of the draft guidance sent to the White House last summer for interagency review.

White House’s Push for More Oversight of Agency Data Has Some Scientists Concerned

April 25, 2019 / by

Eric Katz /

GovExec

Chris Zarba, former Director, EPA Science Advisory Board, is quoted in this article about a White House memorandum that places more oversight on federal agencies’ use of information and data for decision-making, including new requirements that raise concern about the Trump Administration attempting to sideline science.

Gen Z’s Smaller Carbon Footprint Still May Not Be Enough

April 25, 2019 / by

Vanessa Nason /

Who.What.Why.

EPN members John Bachmann, former EPA Associate Director for Science/Policy and New Programs, Office of Air, and Dan Costa, former National Program Director, EPA’s Air, Climate, and Energy Research Program, are quoted in this article about a study that shows children born today will have to sacrifice far more than those in earlier generations to address global warming. The article also ran in Salon.

 

EPA Opts to Suggest, Not Demand, Fluorinated Chemical Cleanup

April 25, 2019 / by

Sylvia Carignan /

Bloomberg Environment

Betsy Southerland, former EPA Director, Office of Science and Technology in the Office of Water, is quoted in this article about EPA’s draft guidance for groundwater cleanup contaminated with PFAS chemicals, which omitted an emergency trigger, potentially limiting the agency’s power to intervene in the Pentagon’s efforts to clean up the ubiquitous class of chemicals.

News Critics Fret Over EPA Request for a Little Science Advice

April 23, 2019 / by

Abby Smith /

Bloomberg Environment

EPN members John Bachmann, former EPA Associate Director for Science/Policy and New Programs, Office of Air, and Chris Zarba, former Director, EPA Science Advisory Board, are quoted in this article about EPA Administrator Wheeler’s request for science advisers to consult on a narrow piece of the EPA’s proposal to restrict what science it can use—a step critics say effectively undercuts a broader review by the experts.