EPA Staffers Want to See Proof of Biden’s New Management Style

March 10, 2021 / by

Stephen Lee /

Bloomberg Law

The testimony of Janet McCabe, EPN member and nominee for EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article regarding the need for the Biden administration to take action to earn the trust of EPA staff.

Environmental Justice Requires Adequate Air Quality Monitoring System

March 9, 2021 / by

David Coursen /

Bloomberg Law

Dave Coursen, EPN member and former attorney, EPA Office of General Counsel, wrote this op-ed discussing how the gross inadequacies of the national air monitoring system disproportionately affect low-income communities and what community science could do to help inform the public.

Your Mac and Cheese will be Getting Safer – If You Can Afford It

March 9, 2021 / by

Marc Fawcett-Atkinson /

Humboldt Journal

EPN member Tracey Woodruff, former EPA senior scientist and policy advisor in the Office of Policy, was quoted in this article discussing how the higher cost of chemical-free food disproportionately impacts women and communities of color.

How Scientists Scrambled to Stop Donald Trump’s EPA from Wiping Out Climate Data

March 8, 2021 / by

Justine Calma /

The Verge

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 describing efforts to preserve environmental data during the Obama-Trump transition that evolved into the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative.

EPA Pressured to Toss Trump PFAS Decision

March 4, 2021 / by

E. A. Crunden /

E&E News

Bob Sussman, EPN member and former EPA Deputy Administrator and Senior Policy Counsel to the EPA Administrator, was quoted in this article regarding a request made by environmental groups asking EPA to reverse its decision to reject a petition requiring Chemours, a PFAS manufacturer, to provide health and environmental data on 54 PFAS.

Miss. Water Crisis Reveals Infrastructure Inequities

March 3, 2021 / by

Hannah Northey /

E&E News

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 discussing how disinvestment and neglected infrastructure contributed to the recent loss of drinking water in Jackson, Mississippi.

Environmental Settlement Tool’s Reboot Leaves Target on Its Back

March 2, 2021 / by

Ellen M. Gilmer /

Bloomberg Law

EPN members Mustafa Santiago Ali (former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice), Steve Chester (former Deputy Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance), and Joel Mintz (former EPA Enforcement and Supervisory Attorney) were quoted in this article about restoring the use of Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs) as an enforcement tool.

Former Staffers Line Up to Endorse McCabe as EPA Deputy

March 2, 2021 / by

Kevin Bogardus /

E&E News

Mike Flynn, former Acting Deputy Administrator, Associate Deputy Administrator, and Director, Office of Radiation and Indoor Air, was quoted in this article about a letter signed by 220 former EPA employees supporting Janet McCabe’s nomination to become the next EPA Deputy Administrator.

Former EPA Officials See Challenge Rebuilding Agency’s Science Capacity

March 1, 2021 / by

Stuart Parker /

Inside EPA

EPN members Bernard Goldstein, former Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Research and Development, and Richard Morgenstern, former Director, EPA Office of Policy Analysis, were quoted in this article about what EPA can do to restore and entrench scientific norms at the agency.

EPN Urges EPA to Revive TSCA Pre-Prioritization Plan with Test Orders

March 1, 2021 / by

David LaRoss /

Inside EPA

EPN was cited in this article describing the letter EPN sent to OCSPP Principal Deputy Administrator Michal Freedhoff urging the implementation of an Obama-era proposal for a pre-prioritization process to facilitate chemical evaluations.

Inside Biden’s Uphill Battle to Restore the EPA After Trump

March 1, 2021 / by

Naveena Sadasivam /

Grist

EPN members Cynthia Giles, former Assistant Administrator, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, and Tim Whitehouse, PEER executive director and former senior attorney at EPA, were quoted in this article discussing the tremendous amount of work the Biden administration faces to restore EPA’s ability to enforce environmental laws in the post-Trump era.

Former EPA Deputies Back Biden’s Pick

March 1, 2021 / by

Kevin Bogardus /

E&E News

EPA member Stan Meiburg, former Acting Deputy Administrator and Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6, was quoted in this article discussing a letter supporting Janet McCabe’s nomination for EPA Deputy Administrator that was signed by a bipartisan group of former Deputy Administrators. The letter was widely covered in the trade press, including articles in Bloomberg Law, Politico, E&E News and The Washington Examiner.

More Than 25m Drink From the Worst US Water Systems, with Latinos Most Exposed

February 26, 2021 / by

Emily Holden, Caty Enders, Niko Kommenda and Vivian Ho /

The Guardian

EPN members Cynthia Giles (former Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance), Carl Reeverts (former Project Manager, Infrastructure Branch, EPA Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water), and Betsy Southerland (former Director of the Office of Science and Technology in EPA’s Office of Water) were quoted in this article describing the findings of a nationwide review of water systems and demographic data.

A Year Into Ban, Plastic Bags Still an Issue

February 23, 2021 / by

Rick Karlin /

Times Union

Judith Enck, EPN member and former Regional Administrator for EPA Region 2, was quoted in this article discussing a budget proposal from New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo that would allow the use of certain plastics in woven heavy-duty reusable bags despite the state’s existing ban on plastic bags.

EPA Renews Crackdown on PFAS in Drinking Water

February 22, 2021 / by

E. A. Crunden /

E&E News

Betsy Southerland, EPN member and former Director of the Office of Science and Technology in EPA’s Office of Water, was quoted in this article regarding EPA’s plan to regulate PFOA and PFOS under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

EPA Moves Ahead ‘Forever Chemicals’ Regulation, Monitoring

February 22, 2021 / by

Bobby Magill /

Bloomberg Law

Betsy Southerland, EPN member and former Director of the Office of Science and Technology in EPA’s Office of Water, was quoted in this article concerning EPA’s proposal to monitor 30 chemical contaminants and its decision to regulate two PFAS.

Chemicals in Plastics Damage Babies’ Brains and Must be Banned Immediately, Expert Group Says

February 20, 2021 / by

Sandee LaMotte /

CNN

Linda Birnbaum, EPN member and former federal scientist at EPA, was quoted in this article regarding a recent study that provides additional evidence that phthalates are harmful to children’s brain development.

States Press for Fast-track Review of Soot Standard

February 19, 2021 / by

Sean Reilly /

E&E News

John Bachmann, EPN member and former Associate Director for Science/Policy and New Programs, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, was quoted in this article discussing a push by states and advocacy groups to get the EPA to revisit the Trump administration’s decision to leave particulate matter NAAQS unchanged.

Speaking of Water: How Can the Biden Administration Deliver on Environmental Justice Pledges?

February 18, 2021 / by

Brett Walton /

Circle of Blue

Mustafa Santiago Ali, EPN member and former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, discussed the opportunities and challenges the Biden administration faces in its focus on environmental justice in this February 18 interview.

New Action on Horizon for Sustainable Materials Management Under Biden, Experts Predict

February 17, 2021 / by

Cole Rosengren /

Waste Dive

EPN members Judith Enck, former Regional Administrator for EPA Region 2, and Mathy Stanislaus, former Assistant Administrator in EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management, were quoted in this article regarding the potential to accelerate EPA’s work on waste and recycling under the Biden administration.

Firefighters Face Lies, ‘Phony’ Studies on PFAS Exposure

February 17, 2021 / by

Ariel Wittenberg /

E&E News

Linda Birnbaum, EPN member and former federal scientist at EPA, was quoted in this article concerning the continued use of PFAS in firefighters’ turnout gear.

Alaska Native Village Left Scrambling for Clean Water

February 16, 2021 / by

Kylie Mohr and Hannah Northey /

E&E News

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 highlighting how inadequate infrastructure and weak state support are just some of the challenges Indigenous communities face with water insecurity.

EPA Dumps Trump-Era Chemical Analysis Approach After Rebuke

February 16, 2021 / by

Pat Rizzuto /

Bloomberg Law

Tracey Woodruff (director of UCSF’s Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, EPN member and former EPA senior scientist and policy advisor in the Office of Policy) was quoted in this article discussing EPA’s decision to abandon a Trump-era method to analyze chemicals.

Droves of Federal Employees Quit Under Trump. Biden Wants to Bring Them Back and Some Say They’d Return.

February 16, 2021 / by

Robin Bravender /

Business Insider

EPN members Mustafa Santiago Ali (former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice), Dan Costa (former National Program Director, EPA Air, Climate, and Energy Research Program, Office of Research and Development), and Kevin Minoli (former EPA Acting General Counsel) were quoted in this article discussing the Biden administration’s work to restaff depleted federal agencies.