Plastic Is the Hero of Coronavirus, Says the Plastics Industry

June 8, 2020 / by

Leslie Kaufman /

Bloomberg

Judith Enck, EPN member and former EPA Regional Administrator for Region 2, was quoted in this article about the plastic industry touting the benefits of plastics during the COVID-19 pandemic. This article was reprinted by MSN.

Congress: Tell the Pentagon to Halt Incineration of Toxic Forever Chemicals

June 8, 2020 / by

Judith Enck /

The Hill

Judith Enck, EPN member and former EPA Regional Administrator for Region 2, published this op-ed about the Pentagon’s incineration of PFAS chemicals and the immediate need to halt such practices. Judith was quoted in a similar article by WAMC.

Trump’s Latest Environmental Rollback Threatens Minority Communities, Experts Warn

June 7, 2020 / by

Rebecca Beitsch /

The Hill

Mustafa Santiago Ali, EPN member and former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was quoted in this article regarding a recent executive order that asks federal agencies to waive required environmental reviews and the effects it would have on minority communities. Mustafa was quoted in a similar article by E&E News.

EPA says Tennessee’s Free Face Masks are Safe to Use

June 7, 2020 / by

Vincent Gabrielle /

Knox News

Bill Jordan, EPN member and former Deputy Director, EPA Office of Pesticide Programs, was quoted in this article on the safety of face masks being distributed by the state of Tennessee.

Communities of Color Most at Risk From EPA Air Standard Policy Proximity Leads to More Incidences

June 7, 2020 / by

Nadia Ramlagan /

Charlotte Post

Mustafa Santiago Ali, EPN member and former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was also quoted and EPN was mentioned in this article regarding EPA’s decision to retain current particulate matter standards and the adverse effects it will have on communities of color. Mustafa was quoted in a similar article concerning pollution and environmental racism by Gizmodo.

‘Overwhelmingly White’ Green Groups Forced to Confront Past

June 5, 2020 / by

Jeremy P. Jacobs, Nick Sobczyk and Timothy Cama /

E&E News

Mustafa Santiago Ali EPN member and former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization, and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was quoted in this article on the lack of diversity that has existed in green groups and how those organizations are confronting their past.

Ex-EPA staffer on Leaked Water Research, ‘Insane’ Regs

June 5, 2020 / by

Hannah Northey /

E&E News

Ronnie Levin, EPN member and former EPA Senior Scientist in Region 1, was featured in this article that focused on her time as a water scientist at EPA and her role in combating the water policy rollbacks of the current administration.

Call on Science to Protect Wetlands Policy in a Changing Climate

June 5, 2020 / by

Jeff Peterson and Betsy Southerland /

The Hill

EPN members Jeff Peterson former Senior Policy Advisor, EPA Office of Water, and Betsy Southerland, former Director of the Office of Science and Technology in EPA’s Office of Water, published this op-ed on the lack of science used in the creation of water policies under the Trump administration.

EPA Draws Competing Criticisms Over Draft TSCA Asbestos Analysis

June 5, 2020 / by

Diana DiGangi /

Inside EPA

EPN was mentioned in this article on the asbestos draft risk evaluation under the Toxic Substance Control Act.

Donald Trump update: POTUS Signs New Executive Order for Major Infrastructure and Energy Projects

June 5, 2020 / by

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Econo Times

Mustafa Santiago Ali, EPN member and former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was quoted in this article regarding an executive order signed by the president that would encourage federal agencies to waive environmental reviews on infrastructure projects being built during the pandemic. 

Can the environmental movement address American racism?

June 4, 2020 / by

Reid Frazier /

Trump on Earth Podcast

Mustafa Santiago Ali, EPN member and former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was interviewed on this podcast regarding the environmental movement’s role in addressing racism. 

EPA Limits Future Regs with Cost-Benefit Overhaul

June 4, 2020 / by

Sean Reilly /

E&E News

Janet McCabe, EPN member and former Acting Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in this article regarding an EPA proposed rule that would adjust how costs and benefits are forecasted when adopting new rules. Janet was also quoted in a similar article by S&P Global.

Donald Trump Weakens Environmental Regulations With New Executive Order

June 4, 2020 / by

Justine Calma /

The Verge

EPN members Mustafa Santiago Ali, former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, and Joel Mintz, former EPA Enforcement and Supervisory Attorney, were quoted in this article on a recent executive order that asks federal agencies to waive required environmental reviews on infrastructure projects built during the pandemic. Mustafa and Joel were also quoted in a similar article by The Union Journal

President Trump, Citing the Pandemic, Plans Two Moves to Weaken Key Environmental Protections

June 4, 2020 / by

Coral Davenport and Lisa Friedman /

The New York Times

Joel Mintz, EPN member and former EPA Enforcement and Supervisory Attorney, was quoted in this article concerning an executive order signed by Donald Trump that calls on federal agencies to waive required environmental reviews on infrastructure projects built during the pandemic. Joel was also quoted in similar articles by The Guardian, S&P Global, and Common Dreams.

Trump, Citing Pandemic, Moves to Weaken Two Key Environmental Protections

June 4, 2020 / by

Coral Davenport and Lisa Friedman /

The New York Times

Dick Morgenstern, EPN member and former Acting Deputy Administrator, was quoted in an this article on a recent executive order that asks federal agencies to waive required environmental reviews on infrastructure projects built during the pandemic.

Balancing the Books on Climate Change

June 3, 2020 / by

Judith Lewis Mernit /

Capital & Main

Stan Meiburg, EPN member and former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6 and Acting Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article on the costs associated with inaction on climate change.

Responding to Protests, Green Groups Reckon with a Racist Past

June 2, 2020 / by

Shannon Osaka /

Grist

Mustafa Santiago Ali, EPN member and former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was quoted in this article concerning the history of racism in green groups that make up the environmental movement.

Feds Limit Challenges to Pipelines by States and Tribes

June 2, 2020 / by

Brandi Buchman /

Courthouse News Service

EPN members Mark Ryan, former EPA Regional Counsel, Region 10, and Betsy Southerland, former Director of the Office of Science and Technology in EPA’s Office of Water, were quoted in this article regarding the finalization of EPA’s rule tweaking section 401 of the CWA, which allowed states’ to oppose the construction of pipelines and other energy projects.

EPA Likely to Approve Mine that Threatens Alaska’s Largest Salmon Hatchery

June 1, 2020 / by

Jordan Davidson /

EcoWatch

Mark Ryan, EPN member and former EPA Regional Counsel, Region 10, was quoted in this article regarding EPA’s approval of the Pebble Mine, which may threaten Alaska’s largest salmon hatchery.

EPA Mounts A New Strike on States’ Rights, This Time to Boost Pipeline Companies

June 1, 2020 / by

Alexander C. Kaufman /

Huffington Post

EPN members Mark Ryan, former EPA Regional Counsel, Region 10, and Stan Meiburg, former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6 and Acting Deputy Administrator, were quoted in an article by The Huffington Post on EPA’s finalization of its rule adjusting its interpretation of section 401 from the Clean Water (Act), which allowed states’ to oppose the construction of pipelines and other energy projects. 

States Lose Some Clean Water Act Authority Under New EPA Rule

June 1, 2020 / by

Elvina Nawaguna /

CQ Roll Call

Betsy Southerland, EPN member and former Director of the Office of Science and Technology in EPA’s Office of Water, was quoted, and EPN was mentioned in this article on EPA’s final rule concerning section 401 of the CWA, which would curtail the ability of the states’ to reject pipelines and other energy projects. This story was reprinted by CNET. Betsy was also quoted in an article by S&P Global

E.P.A. Limits States’ Power to Oppose Pipelines and Other Energy Projects

June 1, 2020 / by

Lisa Friedman /

The New York Times

Mark Ryan, EPN member and former EPA Regional Counsel, Region 10, was quoted in this article on EPA’s final rule concerning section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA), which would limit states’ power to reject pipelines and other energy projects. Mark was quoted in similar articles by E&E News, The Hill, EcoWatch, and Electrek. Mark was also quoted, and EPN was mentioned in an article by Common Dreams.

EPA Opts Not to Delay Controversial Alaska Mine for Now

May 29, 2020 / by

Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis /

Washington Post

Mark Ryan, EPN member and former EPA Regional Counsel, Region 10, was quoted in this article concerning EPA’s decision to allow the Pebble Mine in Alaska to move forward despite acknowledging the environmental threats posed by the mine.

How a Contrarian Scientist Helped Trump’s EPA Defy Mainstream Science

May 28, 2020 / by

Marianne Lavelle /

InsideClimate News

Bernard Goldstein, M.D., EPN member and former chair, EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee and EPA Assistant Administrator for Research and Development, was quoted in this article regarding EPA’s combative relationship with mainstream science.