US Air Quality Is Slipping After Years Of Improvement

June 18, 2019 / by

Seth Borenstein and Nicky Forster /

Associated Press

EPN advisor Bob Perciasepe, former EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article about American air quality stagnating after years of improvement. This article also ran in the New York Post and MarketWatch.

 

 

 

 

Trump’s Order to Trim Science Advisory Panels Sparks Outrage

June 17, 2019 / by

Rebecca Beitsch and Miranda Green /

The Hill

EPN member Chris Zarba, former Director, EPA Science Advisory Board, is quoted in this article about President Trump’s executive order to cut the number of government advisory committees by a third across all federal agencies, a move that former heads of EPA and the Interior Department say would weaken the science-based regulations process that the administration has pushed back against since Trump took office. Excerpts from this article also ran in Zodab.

‘All-Out Assault on Science’: Latest Executive Order by Trump Puts Expert Advice on the Chopping Block

June 17, 2019 / by

Andrea Germanos /

Common Dreams

Mustafa Santiago Ali, EPN member and former EPA Environmental Justice Administrator, was quoted in this article about President Trump’s executive order that requires cutting one-third of all eligible federal advisory committees, which further undermines the role of expert advice and scientific data in policy-making.

Trump Order Targets Advisory Committees

June 17, 2019 / by

Niina H. Farah, Kevin Bogardus and Michael Doyle /

Greenwire

EPN members Bob Kavlock, former Acting Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Research and Development, and former EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator for Science, and Chris Zarba, former Director, EPA Science Advisory Board, are quoted in this article about the executive order released Friday that could make more than half of EPA’s science advisory committees vulnerable to repeal by the end of the fiscal year.

Trump on Climate Change Says ‘It changes both ways’

June 16, 2019 / by

Joy Reid /

MSNBC: AM Joy

EPN member Mustafa Santiago Ali, former EPA Environmental Justice Administrator, was interviewed about the disproportionate effects of climate change on communities of color and how the climate crisis will affect these low-income communities the most. (Clip starts at approximately 1:22.)

Trump’s Order to Slash Number of Science Advisory Boards Blasted by Critics as ‘Nonsensical’

June 15, 2019 / by

Phil McCausland /

NBC News

EPN members Mustafa Santiago Ali, former EPA Environmental Justice Administrator, and Stan Meiburg, former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6 and former Acting Deputy Administrator, are quoted in this this article about the executive order President Trump signed late Friday to cut the number of government advisory committees by a third across all federal agencies—a move many believe is the Trump administration’s latest effort to undermine science-based and fact-supported decision-making. This story also ran in NBC Palm Springs and SocioHerald.

Here comes the carbon rule. What to know

June 14, 2019 / by

Jean Chemnick /

Climatewire

EPN members John Bachmann, former Associate Director for Science/Policy and New Programs, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, and Joe Goffman, former Associate Assistant Administrator for Climate and Senior Counsel, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, are quoted in this article about the administration’s power plant carbon rule, which is expected to be finalized next week, completing the two-year process of replacing the current regulation with a more industry-friendly substitute.

 

EPA Ignores Scientists that Say Wisconsin’s Air is Dirty and Could Make People Sick

June 14, 2019 / by

UCS /

Union of Concerned Scientists

Janet McCabe, EPN member and former EPA Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, is quoted in this article about southern Wisconsin’s air quality and EPA’s recent habit of burying scientific advice about air pollution.

Dismantling the EPA: Big Regulatory Rollbacks and Lowest Staff Levels Since 1980s

June 13, 2019 / by

Stephen Henderson /

Detroit Today, WDET FM

EPN members Betsy Southerland, former Director, EPA Office of Science and Technology in the Office of Water and, and Dan Reich, former Assistant Regional Counsel, EPA Region 9, were interviewed on about how EPA has changed under the Trump administration and how big businesses are seeing climate change affect their bottom lines. Interview starts at approximately 3:05.

EPA’s Controversial Vehicle GHG Rule Rollback Faces Growing Scrutiny

June 2, 2019 / by

Insider /

Inside EPA

EPN member Margo Oge, former Director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, is  quoted in this article on the increasing controversy over and intense scrutiny of the Trump Administration’s proposal to roll back the clean car standards as the deadline approaches.

Bipartisan Former EPA Chiefs Say Trump Administration Has Abandoned Agency’s Mission

June 11, 2019 / by

Rebecca Beitsch /

The Hill

EPN is mentioned in this article about the historic hearing held by the Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the future of EPA with a bipartisan group of former EPA Administrators. The hearing referenced their joint letter offering lawmakers help on substantive Congressional oversight, as well as help of former EPA staff. Similar articles also ran in The Colorado Independent, Maryland Matters, and a second article in The Hill.

Science Advisory Board to Review Clean Cars Rollback

June 12, 2019 / by

Maxine Joselow /

Climatewire

EPN members Trish Koman, former Senior Environmental Scientist, Program Manager and Supervisor in EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, and Jeff Alson, former Senior Engineer and Policy Advisor, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, are quoted in this article about EPA’s Science Advisory Board planning to review the science behind the proposed overhaul of the clean car standards, zeroing in on the technical analysis underpinning the proposal. This article also ran in Scientific American.

EPA Builds Panel to Study Health Effects of PM2.5 Changes

June 12, 2019 / by

Sean Reilly /

E&E News

EPN members John Bachmann, former Associate Director for Science/Policy and New Programs, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, was quoted in this article about EPA assembling an expert panel to review a draft report on techniques for estimating the health benefits of cuts in fine particulates at low levels.

 

Battle Over Science Roils EPA

June 9, 2019 / by

Rebecca Beitsch /

The Hill

EPN member Chris Zarba, former Director, EPA Science Advisory Board, is quoted in this article about EPA’s battle with its own board of science advisers over a controversial plan to dismiss certain types of scientific research from consideration when issuing rules.

What’s At Stake For Automakers In Fight Over Emissions Standards

June 8, 2019 / by

Scott Simon /

NPR Michigan Radio

EPN member Margo Oge, former Director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was interviewed about how automakers are responding to the Trump Administration’s proposal to loosen the clean car standards and what is at stake for them in this battle.

Automakers Tell Trump His Pollution Rules Could Mean ‘Untenable’ Instability and Lower Profits

June 6, 2019 / by

Coral Davenport /

The New York Times

EPN member Margo Oge, former Director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, is quoted in this article about the world’s largest automakers warning President Trump that his rollback of the clean car standards threatens to cut their profits and produce “untenable” instability in a crucial manufacturing sector.

Navy official: ‘Probably’ no more removal of PFAS-contaminated soil.

June 6, 2019 / by

Kyle Bagenstose /

Burlington County Times

EPN member Kathy Setian, former EPA Superfund Project Manager, Region 9, is quoted in the Burlington County Times article about a proactive initiative to move 3,500 tons of PFAS-contaminated soil from a closed Naval facility that went awry, and likely won’t be tried again anytime soon.

US EPA’s Science Advisory Board Votes to Review Science Transparency Proposal

June 6, 2019 / by

Zack Hale /

S&P Global

EPN members Chris Zarba, former Director, EPA Science Advisory Board, and Steve Silverman, former Attorney, EPA Office of General Counsel, are quoted in this article about the Science Advisory Board rejecting EPA’s call to take a narrow look at its scientific transparency proposal by voting to review it, signaling keen interest in the far-reaching consequences the proposal could have on public health and environmental regulations. A similar piece quoting Chris Zarba ran in E&E News.

EPA Science Advisers Push Back on Wheeler, Say He’s Minimizing Their Role

June 5 2019 / by

Marianne Lavelle /

InsideClimate News

John Bachmann, former Associate Director for Science/Policy and New Programs, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, is quoted in this article about Administrator Wheeler’s vow to make greater use of the Science Advisory Board amidst protests from some advisers and outside experts that the agency is instead limiting its role.

Pollution knows no boundaries. The Trump EPA should stop pretending otherwise.

June 5, 2019 / by

Ruth Greenspan Bell and Steven Silverman /

The Washington Post

Ruth Greenspan Bell, EPN Board of Directors President and former EPA Manager in the Office of General Counsel, and Steve Silverman, former Attorney, EPA Office of General Counsel, wrote this op-ed about the Trump administration’s heedless approach to the environment and the delicate regulatory ecosystem that guaranteed all citizens a level of protection from pollution being upset by officials.

Advisers OK Shift From Kids’ Health Research to ‘Translation’

June 5, 2019 / by

Ariel Wittenberg /

Greenwire

EPN member Lynn Goldman, former EPA Assistant Administrator for Toxic Substances, is quoted in this GreenWire article about a plan from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to provide $5 million in funding for five Children’s Environmental Health Translational Centers nationwide as a result of EPA’s refusal to commit to funding for Children’s Environmental Health Research Centers.

Foes of US EPA’s Auto Standards Freeze Seize on New White House Guidance

June 4, 2019 / by

Zack Hale /

S&P Global

Jeff Alson, EPN member and former Senior Engineer and Policy Advisor, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, is quoted in this article about an April guidance memo from the Office of Management and Budget that requires the release of computer modeling that could contradict the claim that the administration’s SAFE proposal will save money and lives.

EPA May Sideline Scientists in Changes to Cost-Benefit Analysis

June 4, 2019 / by

Amena H. Saiyid /

Bloomberg Environment

EPN members Chris Zarba, former Director, EPA Science Advisory Board, and John Bachmann, former Associate Director for Science/Policy and New Programs, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, are quoted in this article about EPA’s plan to forego a review by scientific advisers on the agency’s planned changes to how it justifies the need for major air regulations, which former agency employees and environmental groups say could result in weaker public health protections.

Questions Swirl as Advisers Prep for 1st Meeting in a Year

June 4, 2019 / by

Sean Reilly /

Greenwire

EPN members Penny Fenner-Crisp, former Senior Science Advisor to the Director, EPA Office of Pesticide Programs, Chris Zarba, former Director, EPA Science Advisory Board, are quoted in this article about the first two-day Science Advisory Board meeting in a year, the many issues to be discussed, and the deeper questions about the venerable panel’s future role and relevance. Chris Zarba is also quoted from this article in Resilience (about halfway down the page at “Out with the old, in with the new.”).