How $225,000 Can Help Secure a Pollution Loophole at Trump’s EPA

Feb 15, 2018 / by

Eric Lipton /

The New York Times

EPN member Chet France, quoted in this article on super-polluting glider trucks, is former director of assessment and standards at the EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality.

The EPA Killed This Newspaper’s Funding. Was It Something They Said?

Feb 7, 2018 / by

Jacob Fenston /

WAMU 88.5 American University

Nick DiPasquale, retired head of the Chesapeake Bay Program in Annapolis, and Rich Kuhlman, who spent 30 years working on grants at the EPA, are both current EPN members and are quoted in this story about the Bay Journal’s loss of EPA grant funding, a possible violation of its First Amendment rights.

One Year in, Trump’s Environmental Agenda Is Already Taking a Measurable Toll

Jan 18, 2018 / by

Evan Halper /

The Los Angeles Times

EPN members Cynthia Giles, who led the the EPA’s enforcement office during the Obama administration, and Janet McCabe, who headed the agency’s clean air efforts under Obama, are quoted in this article on the Trump administration’s unrelenting push to dilute and repeal clean air and water policies.

Former EPA employees sat around a campfire to tell scary stories about Trump’s EPA

January 17, 2018 / by

Arielle Duhaime-Ross /


EPN members Betsy Southerland, Brendan Doyle and Lynda Deschambault share stories about EPA work under Trump and what pushed them to leave.

U.S. Moving Forward on Climate—Despite Trump’s Backpedaling

Jan 8, 2018 / by

D. James Baker /

Save EPA

EPN member D. James Baker was the longest serving Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (1993-2001) and worked closely with the EPA on ocean and coastal protection. This is his article on the United State’s forward movement on climate change despite the Trump administration’s work against it.

EPA Under Siege: The New Assault on the U.S. Environmental Protection System

Jan 4, 2018 / by

Bob Sussman /

Climate Reality Project

Bob Sussman was Senior Policy Counsel to the EPA Administrator during the Obama Administration and is a member of EPN. This is his article on the unprecedented threat to the EPA’s effectiveness and survival brought on by the Trump Administration and Administrator Pruitt.

Under Siege—Again

Jan - Feb 2018 / by

Cheryl E. Wasserman /

The Environmental Forum

EPN member Cheryl Wasserman served for 43 years in senior positions in the EPA’s policy and enforcement offices. This is her article about the threat EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt poses to environmental enforcement.

That Must Be the World’s Longest-Running Conspiracy

Dec 28, 2017 / by

Bill Painter /

Richmond Times-Dispatch

EPN member Bill Painter spent 27 years at the EPA as a scientist. In this Correspondent of the Day piece, he presents scientific facts supporting climate change in response to Tom Eaton’s claim that progressives profit from climate change.

WorkWeek Interview with Kathy Setian

Dec 26, 2017 / by

Steve Zeltzer /

KPFA Pacifica Workweek Radio

EPN member Kathy Setian, who was a project manager at the EPA and is a delegate from IFPTE Local 20, is interviewed by WorkWeek Radio as they examine the growing crisis at the EPA and the need to have labor united to defend our air, water, and environment.

The EPA’s News Office Turned Itself into a Bad News Story in 2017

Dec 23, 2017 / by

Dan Vergano /


Former EPA public affairs official, Bonnie Bellow, and Carol Campbell, a former EPA regional administrator, are EPN members quoted in this article about the methods Pruitt’s EPA uses to deal with bad press: openly fighting with reporters and hiring political operatives to monitor the news.

Brain Drain at the EPA

Dec 22, 2017 / by

Lisa Friedman, Marina Affo, and Derek Kravitz /

The New York Times and ProPublica

EPN members Robert Kavlock and Lynda Deschambault are quoted in this article about the huge loss of scientists and environmental protection specialists at the EPA under Trump’s administration due to poor morale and a sense of grievance at the agency.

E.P.A. Officials, Disheartened by Agency’s Direction, Are Leaving in Droves

December 22, 2017 / by

Lisa Friedman /

New York Times

EPN members Rob Kavlock, Ronnie Levin and Lynda Deshaumbault are quoted in this article which examines deteriorating morale at the EPA under Pruitt.

Commentary: The EPA Wants More of These Really Dangerous Trucks on the Road. Why?

Dec 21, 2017 / by

Margo Oge /


EPN member Margo Oge served as director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality at the EPA. This is her piece on Administrator Scott Pruitt’s decision to roll back the regulations on glider kit trucks, despite health risks documented by his own engineers.

EPA Using Controversial Process to Push Cleanup of America’s Most Toxic Sites

Dec 20, 2017 / by

Marcus Stern /

The Weather Channel

Lynda Deschambault, EPN member and former remediation project manager at the Leviathan Superfund site in California, is quoted in this piece on Pruitt’s move toward “lean” methods to accelerate cleanup at Superfund sites.

Pruitt’s EPA Turns to ‘Lean Manufacturing’ to Speed Up Reviews

Dec 18, 2017 / by

Eric Roston and John Lippert /


EPN member George Wyeth, a career EPA attorney who retired in 2017, is quoted in this article on Pruitt’s turn to “lean manufacturing” to revamp processes at the EPA and speed up regulatory approvals.

What It’s Like Inside the Trump Administration’s Regulatory Rollback at the EPA

Dec 18, 2017 / by

Tali Buford /


EPN member Betsy Southerland spent three decades as a career staffer in the EPA’s Office of Water before retiring under the Trump administration. She is quoted in this article about what it is like behind the scenes at the EPA during regulatory rollbacks, where the agency is now shutting out its own staff in the decision-making process.

What Cutting EPA Enforcement Means—And What You Can Do About It.

Dec 14, 2017 / by

Dan Reich /

Save EPA

EPN member Dan Reich retired in April 2017, after a career which included serving as a U.S. Department of Justice Civil Division Trial Attorney and an Assistant Regional Counsel at EPA Region 9 in San Francisco. This is his piece on what is really at stake for American families in the wake of the Trump administration’s budget cuts to enforcement.

Under Trump, EPA Has Slowed Actions Against Polluters, and Put Limits on Enforcement Officers

Dec 10, 2017 / by

Eric Lipton and Danielle Ivory /

The New York Times

EPN member Cynthia Giles, the former assistant administrator for the EPA’s enforcement office during the Obama administration, is quoted in this New York Times article about Pruitt’s lenient approach toward polluters.

Budget Deadline for Gutting the EPA Has Arrived

Dec 7, 2017 / by

Angela K. Evans /

Boulder Weekly

EPN members Carol Campbell and David Coursen are quoted in this article about President Trump’s sweeping 2018 budget cut proposal for the EPA. The Boulder Weekly also cites EPN analysis on workforce reductions resulting from the proposed FY2018 budget.

EPA Set to Mark Its 47th Anniversary

Nov 28, 2017 / by

Christina Estes /

KJZZ Radio

Interviewed by KJZZ in Phoenix, Ruth Greenspan Bell is a public policy scholar, former federal employee who managed EPA lawyers, and a founding member of EPN. Here she talks about Administrator Pruitt’s shakeup of the EPA by moving away from science and many of the core EPA values.

Scientists Speak out About What’s Going on Behind the Scenes at the EPA

Nov 12, 2017 / by

IFLScience /


Trish Koman, a former EPA scientist; Betsy Southerland, former director of science and technology at the Office of Water; and Mike Cox, a former EPA scientist who focused on water protection and greenhouse gas reductions, are current EPN members and are quoted in this article, which provides a behind-the-scenes perspective of the less-than-transparent Pruitt EPA.

Amid ‘Nightmare’ Budget Cuts, EPA Closing Its Richmond Lab

Nov 7, 2017 / by

James Steinbauer /

Richmond Confidential

EPN member Kathy Setian, who worked at EPA Region 9 as a Superfund project manager for more than 20 years before retiring in 2012, is quoted in this article about the closure of the Region 9 Richmond lab. Critics say this move will cripple the agency’s ability to do testing and analysis in the region.

EPA Vets Bash Draft Strategic Plan

Oct 31, 2017 / by

Anthony Adragna, with help from Emily Holden and Esther Whieldon /


This piece addresses EPN’s comments and grave concerns about the Trump Administration’s draft strategic plan.

An Assessment of the White House’s Progress on Deregulation

Oct 24, 2017 / by

HighBeam Research /

The Economist

EPN members Bill Pedersen, an environmental lawyer, and Steven Silverman, a lawyer who was with the EPA for almost four decades, are quoted in The Economist article on Trump’s push for deregulation. They note that while Trump has blocked new regulations with ease, repealing old ones will be much more difficult.