Agency Swamped with Nominations for Science Advisory Board

May 20, 2021 / by

Sean Reilly /

E&E News

Chris Zarba, EPN member and former Director, EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB), was quoted in this article discussing the large volume of nominations for candidates willing to serve on the SAB this year.

Tribes Sue Over Water Rule, Ben Ray Lujan

May 19, 2021 / by

Laura Paskus /

New Mexico PBS

Cliff Villa, EPN member and former EPA attorney, was interviewed in this news segment discussing a lawsuit filed by two pueblos in New Mexico over a Trump-era EPA rule that weakens protections of ephemeral waterways.

Groups Sue EPA to Force Deadline for ‘Legacy’ Asbestos Evaluation

May 18, 2021 / by

David LaRoss /

Inside EPA

Bob Sussman, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization attorney (and EPN member and former EPA Deputy Administrator and Senior Policy Counsel to the EPA Administrator), was quoted in this article concerning environmental groups’ demand for a court-ordered deadline for EPA to complete the second part of its asbestos evaluation under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). He was quoted in similar stories appearing in Law 360 and Reuters. Bob was also quoted in an Inside EPA article discussing an industry push to loosen TSCA regulations on five persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals.

A Breath of Fresh Air at the EPA, But Budget, Staff Need Boost

May 17, 2021 / by

Michelle Roos and Jeremy Symons /

Bloomberg Law

Michelle Roos, EPN Executive Director, and Jeremy Symons, EPN member and consultant and former Climate Policy Advisor, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, penned this op-ed discussing the progress made and the work that remains to be done at the EPA under the Biden administration.

Birnbuam Warns EPA Faces ‘Difficult’ Analyses to Achieve TSCA EJ Goals

May 17, 2021 / by

Maria Hegstad /

Inside EPA

Linda Birnbaum, EPN member and former EPA scientist, was quoted in this article discussing the challenges in assessing cumulative impacts when performing risk evaluations of chemical mixtures.

EPA Orders Virgin Islands Refinery to Shut Down, Citing ‘Imminent’ Health Threat

May 14, 2021 / by

Juliet Eilperin and Darryl Fears /

The Washington Post

EPN members Judith Enck, former Regional Administrator, EPA Region 2, and Eric Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Environmental Integrity Project and former Director, EPA Office of Civil Enforcement, were quoted in this article concerning EPA’s decision to halt operations at the Limetree oil refinery located on the island of St. Croix. Judith was also quoted in related articles about the Limetree refinery published by Reuters, Ecowatch, The Hill, CleanTechnicaNation of Change, and The Guardian.

Probe Reveals Toxic Workplace in Enforcement Office

May 12, 2021 / by

Kelsey Brugger /

E&E News

Tim Whitehouse, EPN member and former EPA senior attorney, was quoted in this article discussing an EPA inspector general report on the National Enforcement Investigations Center.

Asbestos Group Urges EPA to Address Migration Study in TSCA Evaluation

May 11, 2021 / by

Maria Hegstad /

Inside EPA

Bob Sussman, EPN member and former EPA Deputy Administrator and Senior Policy Counsel to the EPA Administrator, was quoted in this article regarding potential groundwater exposure to asbestos at Superfund sites.

In Rare Step, EPA Seeks to Suspend Local Permit Over EJ Concerns

May 10, 2021 / by

Dawn Reeves /

Inside EPA

Richard Grow, EPN member and former environmental protection specialist in EPA Region 9, was quoted in this article regarding the role of the Department of Justice in investigations involving Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. He was also quoted in an Inside EPA article discussing  EPA’s recent finding of discrimination issued to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. In addition, Richard was quoted in another Inside EPA article about the use of Title VI as a tool for environmental justice.

Biden’s Conservation Plan Puts WOTUS in the Crosshairs

May 6, 2021 / by

Hannah Northey /

E&E News

Mark Ryan, EPN member and former Regional Counsel, EPA Region 10, was quoted in this article concerning wetland preservation under President Biden’s “America the Beautiful” conservation plan.

Biden’s ‘End Cancer’ Pledge Begs for Environmental Oversight

May 4, 2021 / by

Ariel Wittenberg /

E&E News

EPN members Bob Sussman, former EPA Deputy Administrator and Senior Policy Counsel to the EPA Administrator, and Linda Birnbaum, former Director of NIEHS and former EPA scientist, were quoted in this article discussing chemical regulations that would assist President Biden’s pledge to end cancer as we know it.

Biofuels Want in on the Action

May 4, 2021 / by

Matthew Choi and Anthony Adragna /

Politico

Mustafa Santiago Ali, EPN member and former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and EPA Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was quoted in this article discussing Congressional proposals to bring back the Civilian Conservation Corps.

The Debate: The New Toxic Substances Control Act is Now Five Years Old: A Report Card

May 1, 2021 / by

Penny Fenner-Crisp and Bob Sussman /

The Environmental Forum

EPN members Penny Fenner-Crisp, former Senior Science Advisor to the Director, EPA Office of Pesticide Programs, and Bob Sussman, former EPA Deputy Administrator and Senior Policy Counsel to the EPA Administrator, each wrote op-eds in this special section focusing on five years of the “new” Toxic Substances Control Act.

Federal Government, NYS Reach Settlement With Cement Plant

April 30, 2021 / by

Dave Lucas /

WAMC

Judith Enck, EPN member and former Regional Administrator, EPA Region 2, was featured in this radio segment discussing a settlement reached between EPA, New York State, and a cement plant to resolve alleged violations of federal and state water regulations.

Why Having Diverse Government Scientists Is Key To Dealing With Climate Change

April 30, 2021 / by

Rebecca Hersher /

NPR

Dan Costa, EPN member and former National Program Director, Air, Climate, and Energy Research Program, EPA Office of Research and Development, was quoted in this article discussing political interference at EPA during the Trump administration.

Biden Faces Pressure to Drive Gasoline and Diesel Cars Out of the US

April 30, 2021 / by

Oliver Milman /

The Guardian

Margo Oge, EPN member and former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was quoted in this article regarding a call for a national mandate for zero emission vehicles. She was quoted in a similar article appearing in The Hill.

Cheers, Jeers as Biden Skips the Fine Print

April 29, 2021 / by

Kelsey Brugger /

E&E News

Mustafa Santiago Ali, EPN member and former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and EPA Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was quoted in this article regarding President Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress.

State Legislatures Busy with Plastics Policy on Shampoo Bottles, Chemical Recycling and Preemption

April 28, 2021 / by

Cole Rosengren /

Waste Dive

Judith Enck, EPN member and former Regional Administrator, EPA Region 2, was quoted in this article concerning the merits of plastic policies being enacted in several states across the country.

Biden’s First 100 Days of Climate Action Make Up For Lost Time Under Trump

April 28, 2021 / by

Jeremy Symons /

The Hill

Jeremy Symons, EPN member and consultant and former Climate Policy Advisor, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, penned this op-ed discussing how far President Biden has gone on climate action during the first 100 days of his presidency.

‘Urgent’: Regan Launches Total PFAS Review, Council

April 27, 2021 / by

Ariel Wittenberg and E.A. Crunden /

E&E News

EPN members Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, and Bob Sussman, former EPA Deputy Administrator and Senior Policy Counsel to the EPA Administrator, were quoted and EPN was mentioned in this article and in Chemical Watch concerning the release of the PFAS Action Plan. Betsy was quoted and EPN was mentioned in a WUSA9 article and news segment and a Bloomberg Law article also discussing the plan. Finally, EPN Executive Director Michelle Roos was quoted and EPN was cited in Government Executive.

Can Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Save the Superfund Program?

April 27, 2021 / by

Amelia Pollard /

The American Prospect

EPN members Mustafa Santiago Ali, former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and EPA Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, and Judith Enck, former Regional Administrator, EPA Region 2, were quoted in this article concerning how the American Jobs Plan could reinvigorate the Superfund program.

Regan’s Contentious Bid to Reset EPA Scientific Integrity

April 27, 2021 / by

Kevin Bogardus /

E&E News

Chris Zarba, EPN member and former Director, EPA Science Advisory Board, was quoted in this article discussing EPA Administrator Michael Regan’s efforts to restore scientific integrity at the agency.

American Federalism and the Environment

April 26, 2021 / by

Stan Meiburg /

Federalism.US

Stan Meiburg, EPN Board Member and former Acting EPA Deputy Administrator and EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6, wrote this essay describing how the cooperative interactions between federal and state governments has been a central component of environmental policy in the U.S.

How US Chemical Industry Lobbying and Cash Defeated Regulation in Trump Era

April 26, 2021 / by

Tom Perkins /

The Guardian

EPN members Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, and Jim Woolford, former Director, EPA Superfund Program, were quoted in this article concerning the strong negative impact industry lobbyists had on implementing meaningful regulation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances during the Trump administration.