Undeterred, Dismissed Scientists Plod Through Air Quality Reviews

October 11, 2019 / by

Amena Saiyid /

Bloomberg Environment

EPN member Chris Zarba, former Director, EPA Science Advisory Board, was quoted in this article about the gathering of former Particulate Matter Review Panelists to provide scientific expertise on air quality standards even without government support.

Duke Climatologist Seeks A Halt On Gas-Fired Power Plants, Atlantic Coast Pipeline

October 10, 2019 / by

Lynn Bonner /

The News & Observer

EPN member Dale Evarts, former Director, EPA Climate and International Group, was quoted in this article about a letter sent to the governor of North Carolina by a Duke professor and endorsed by two dozen former EPA officials regarding natural gas infrastructure in the state and the dangerous effects of methane leakage. A similar article ran in The News & Observer.

Toxic Chemicals Are Found In Blades Of Artificial Turf

October 10, 2019 / by

David Abel /

Boston Globe

Betsy Southerland, EPN member and former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, is quoted in this article about PFAS contamination and toxic chemicals in lawn and turf components, which has been linked to kidney cancer, endocrine disruption, and a range of diseases.

EPA To Overhaul Rule On Testing For Lead Contamination

October 10, 2019 / by

Miranda Green and Rebecca Beitsch /

The Hill

EPN members Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, and Carl Reeverts, former Deputy Director of the Drinking Water Protection Division, EPA Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, were quoted in this article about EPA’s proposed lead and copper rule and its potential disastrous effects on drinking water contamination.

EPA Looks To Lead on lead

October 10, 2019 / by

Josh Siegel and Abby Smith /

Washington Examiner

Carl Reeverts, EPN member, former Deputy Director of the Drinking Water Protection Division, EPA Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, was quoted in this article about EPA’s proposed lead and copper rule, which relaxes requirements for replacing lead-lined pipes and allows contamination to continue.

Trump Feud With California Warrants U.S. Congress Probe: Hundreds of ex-EPA Employees

October 10, 2019 / by

Timothy Gardner /

Reuters

EPN member Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, is quoted in this article about a letter from hundreds of former EPA employees urging a congressional probe to investigate whether President Trump’s attacks on California for pollution were retaliation for the state’s failure to support the administration’s deregulatory environmental agenda. Similar articles ran in CNN and LA Times.

Trump Administration’s New Lead Rules In Water Dismissed As ‘Window Dressing’

October 10, 2019 / by

Emily Holden /

The Guardian

EPN member Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was quoted in this article about EPA’s new proposed rules for lead in drinking water, which would decrease annual requirements for replacing lead-lined water pipes, leading to further water contamination. Similar articles ran in the Washington Examiner and Associated Press.

Coal Companies’ Climate Fight Complicates EPA’s Power Rule Defense

October 9, 2019 / by

Josh Siegel and Abby Smith /

Washington Examiner

Joe Goffman, EPN member and former Associate Assistant Administrator for Climate and Senior Counsel, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in this article about a complicated legal fight over Clean Air Act restrictions as fossil fuel companies and environmental groups both attack EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule in court.

EPA’s War On California

October 9, 2019 / by

Dave Coursen /

The Hill

Dave Coursen, EPN member and former EPA Office of General Counsel, wrote this op-ed about the conflict between EPA and California over air and water quality following the state’s deal with automakers to maintain fuel efficiency standards.

New Legislation Aims To Make Natural Gas The New Coal Industry In NEPA

October 5, 2019 / by

Frank Lesnefsky /

The Citizens' Voice

EPN member Bernard Goldstein, former chair, EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, was quoted in this article about new Pennsylvania legislation that provides tax credits for natural gas manufacturing and fertilizer plants.

How Will Trump’s Lax Emissions Standards Save Money And Lives? By Assuming Americans Will Simply Drive Less

October 4, 2019 / by

Elizabeth Shogren /

Reveal News

Jeff Alson, EPN member and former EPA Senior Engineer and Policy Advisor, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was quoted in this article about the Trump Administration’s manipulation of science to justify their reductions in vehicle emission standards.

EPA Slams California Air Quality After Blocking The State’s Emissions Standards

September 27, 2019 / by

Chrissy Sexton /

Earth

EPN members Gay MacGregor, former Senior Policy Advisor, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, and Janet McCabe, former Acting Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, were quoted in article about the Trump Administration’s attacks on California over fuel efficiency standards, including its recent threats to withhold the state’s interstate highway funds.

Trump Critics Press EPA To Address Advisors’ TSCA Evaluation Concerns

October 2, 2019 / by

Maria Hegstad and David LaRoss /

Inside EPA

EPN is mentioned in this article about EPA’s draft risk evaluations for pigment violet 29 and pressure from environmentalists to revise the conclusion that the chemical does not present a significant risk to human health; it was the first completed draft risk assessment under the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

EPA’s Impeachment Mantra: ‘Business As Usual’

October 3, 2019 / by

Kevin Bogardus /

Greenwire

EPN member Bob Perciasepe, former EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article about the history of presidential impeachment in the context of EPA, outlining the effects of impeachment proceedings on the Agency.

Trump Isn’t Wrong About California’s Smog. But He’s Not Helping

October 2, 2019 / by

Jennifer Dlouhy and Jeffrey Taylor /

Bloomberg

EPN member Gay MacGregor, former Senior Policy Advisor, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was quoted in this article about the Trump Administration’s attacks on California for its air and water pollution, even while making it harder for the state to clean its environment.

Ewire: Obama EPA Alumni Slam Wheeler’s California Attacks

October 1, 2019 / by

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Inside EPA

Janet McCabe, former Acting Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, and Cynthia Giles, former Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, were quoted in this article about the Trump Administration’s attacks on California over fuel efficiency standards and its inaccurate allegations about the state’s pollution levels.

Obama EPA Enforcement Chief Slams Wheeler Over Calif. Plans

September 30, 2019 / by

Mike Soraghan /

E&E

EPN member Cynthia Giles, former Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, was quoted in this article about EPA’s letter to California blasting the state for its pollution problems, which does not match up with California’s low number of compliance violations. A similar article ran in POLITICO.

These Scientists Were Disbanded ByThe EPA — They Plan To Meet Anyway

September 30, 2019 / by

Jordan Davidson /

Nation of Change

Chris Zarba, EPN member and former Director, EPA Science Advisory Board, was quoted in this article about an independent gathering of the members of the disbanded Particulate Matter Review Panel in order to provide scientific expertise on air quality standards, regardless of government support.

Water Experts Tell Trump No, The Homeless Aren’t Hurting California Water Quality

September 28, 2019 / by

Rebecca Beitsch /

The Hill

Carl Reeverts, EPN member and former Project Manager, Infrastructure Branch of EPA’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, and Deputy Director of the EPA Drinking Water Protection Division, was quoted in this article about California’s water quality and EPA’s letter accusing the state of failing to meet its sewage and water pollution issues, blaming the homeless population in major cities for excess waste.

Trump Administration Accuses California of Water Pollution

Sept. 26, 2019 / by

John Flesher /

Associated Press

Betsy Southerland, EPN member and former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, is quoted in this article about the Trump Administration accusing California of failing to stop water pollution from sources such as human waste in big cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles. This story also ran in the Hartford Courant.

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States Demand Wheeler Explain EPA’s Stance on Federalism (2)

September 27, 2019 / by

Stephen Lee /

Bloomberg Environment

EPN members Janet McCabe, former Acting Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, David Coursen, former EPA Office of General Counsel, and Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, were quoted in this article about the Trump Administration’s fight with California regarding fuel efficiency standards.

Even At Legal Levels, Contaminants Found In Tap Water Are A Cancer Risk

September 26, 2019 / by

Hillel Aron /

FairWarning

Ronnie Levin, EPN member and former EPA Senior Scientist, Region 1, was quoted in this article about tap water contamination and EPA’s acceptable carcinogen levels that are so permissive that few water utilities, if any, are violating federal standards.

Fired EPA Scientists Band Together To Continue Their Work

September 26, 2019 / by

Steve Hanley /

CleanTechnica

Betsy Southerland, EPN member and former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was quoted in this article about the gathering of scientists from the disbanded particulate matter review panel that existed under the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee.

Scientists Booted From EPA Panel Form Their Own Group

September 26, 2019 / by

Rebecca Beitsch /

The Hill

EPN member Chris Zarba, former Director, EPA Science Advisory Board, was quoted in this article about a gathering of former members of the now-disbanded Particulate Matter Review Panel in an attempt to provide objective, scientific expertise without the backing of the government. Similar articles ran in S&P GlobalInside EPA, and Bloomberg Environment.