EPA Chief Calls for Retaining Particle Pollution Limits

April 14, 2020 / by

Amena Saiyid /

Bloomberg

Chris Frey, EPN member and former Chair, EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) and former member, EPA Science Advisory Board, was quoted in this article on the EPA deciding not to change the air quality standards for airborne particle pollution. Chris was quoted in a similar article by S&P Global.

EPA to Relax Quality Tests for Air Monitoring During Pandemic

April 13, 2020 / by

Amena Saiyid and Stephen Lee /

Bloomberg

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 concerning EPA relaxing air quality monitoring during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump’s New Auto Rollback Is an Economic Disaster

April 13, 2020 / by

Robinson Meyer /

The Atlantic

Margo Oge, EPN member and former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was quoted in this article concerning the economic implications of the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule.

EPA Charts Path to Suspend Hazardous Waste Cleanup Amid Coronavirus

April 10, 2020 / by

Rebecca Beitsch /

The HIll

Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was quoted in this article pertaining to EPA’s suspension of hazardous waste cleanup during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Does Air Pollution Increase Risk From COVID-19? Here’s What We Know

April 10, 2020 / by

Stephanie Ebbs /

ABC News

EPN members Mustafa Ali, former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice and Trish Koman, MPP, PhD, former Senior Environmental Scientist, Program Manager and Supervisor in EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, were quoted in this article concerning the linkage between air pollution and increased COVID-19 mortality rates. 

Editorial: Fossil fuels and Nativism: Trump is Using Coronavirus to Push Through His Draconian Agenda

April 10, 2020 / by

Editorial Board /

Los Angeles Times

Cynthia Giles, EPN member and former Assistant Administrator, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, was quoted in this article pertaining to the Trump administration loosening enforcement and enacting its agenda in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cynthia was quoted in a similar article by The Weather Channel.

US EPA Opens Door to Waivers for Coronavirus, but Observers Downplay Impact

April 9, 2020 / by

Zack Hale, Ellie Potter, and Jacob Holzman /

S&P Global Market Intelligence

EPN members Cynthia Giles former Assistant Administrator, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance and Stan Meiburg former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6 and Acting Deputy Administrator, were quoted in this article regarding the impacts of EPA waivers being issued to polluters. 

EPA Eases Environmental Laws, Cites COVID-19 as Justification

April 9, 2020 / by

David Murray /

Great Falls Tribune

Cynthia Giles, EPN member and former Assistant Administrator, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, was quoted in this article on the EPA using COVID-19 to justify the suspending enforcement of its rules. Cynthia was also quoted in similar articles by Mic, The Inertia, and Media Matters for America.

 

 

 

EPA Inspector General Finds Declining Enforcement and Compliance Resources and Outcomes

April 8, 2020 / by

Bernadette M. Rappold /

The National Law Review

Cynthia Giles,EPN member and former Assistant Administrator, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance was quoted by The National Law Review regarding EPA Inspector General finding a decline in EPA enforcement between FY2006 and FY2018.

Trump Rollback of Obama-Era Mileage Standards Faces Challenges in Courts

April 7, 2020 / by

Rebecca Beitsch /

The Hill

Jeff Alson, EPN member and former EPA Senior Engineer and Policy Advisor, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was quoted in this article regarding potential court challenges to the Trump administration’s Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient(SAFE) Vehicles Rule.

Trump Removes Independent Watchdog for Coronavirus Funds, Upending Oversight Panel

April 7, 2020 / by

Kyle Cheney and Connor O'Brien /

Politico

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 concerning the ousting of the Defense Department’s Inspector General and the promotion of the EPA Inspector General to that position. Stan was quoted in a similar article by Voz Wire.

Rolling Back Clean Car Standards Will Cost Consumers, Increase Pollution, and Thwart Climate Progress

April 7, 2020 / by

Jennifer Rennicks and Stan Cross /

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

EPN members Jeff Alson former EPA Senior Engineer and Policy Advisor, Office of Transportation and Air Quality and Margo Oge former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, were quoted in this article on the final SAFE rule.

Trump’s EPA Uses the Coronavirus Crisis to Mask Environmental Deregulation and Suspend Enforcement

April 7, 2020 / by

Joel Mintz /

American Constitution Society

Joel Mintz, EPN member and former EPA Enforcement and Supervisory Attorney, published this op-ed on EPA’s decision to suspend enforcement of environmental regulations. 

Conservative Group Draws Fire for Shifted Stance on Vehicle GHG Rule

April 6, 2020 / by

Doug Obey /

Inside EPA

Jeff Alson, EPN member and former EPA Senior Engineer and Policy Advisor, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was quoted in this article on the American Action Forum’s (AAF) shifted stance on the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule. 

Watchdog Says EPA Fell Short on Key 10-Year Enforcement Measures

April 5, 2020 / by

Mary B. Powers /

Engineering News-Record

Joel Mintz, EPN member and former EPA Enforcement and Supervisory Attorney, was quoted in an this article regarding the Inspector General’s findings that the EPA did not meet their 10-year enforcement measures.

New Indiana Policy to Lax Pollution Enforcement During Pandemic Could Put Public at Risk

April 3, 2020 / by

Sarah Bowman /

IndyStar

EPN members, Cynthia Giles former Assistant Administrator, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance and Janet McCabe former Acting Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, were quoted in this article on a new Indiana policy that would ease pollution enforcement during the duration of the pandemic. Janet was also quoted in an article on EPA’s enforcement relaxation by Engineering News-Record.

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Wheeler Pushes Back on Critics of Enforcement Policy

April 2, 2020 / by

Corbin Hilar /

E&E News

Cynthia Giles, an EPN member and former Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, was quoted in this article concerning comments made by EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler toward her regarding the EPA’s suspension of its rules. 

EPA Chief Says Virus-Linked Looser Enforcement ‘Very Mild’

April 2, 2020 / by

Stephen Lee and Amena H. Saiyid /

Bloomberg

Cynthia Giles, EPN member and former Assistant Administrator, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, was quoted in this article on Administrator Wheeler’s claim that the loosening of EPA’s enforcement is mild compared to past administrations.

US Agencies try to Boost Natural Gas, Not Electric, Vehicle Sales in Final Rule

April 2, 2020 / by

Zack Hale /

S&P Global Market Intelligence

EPN members, Jeff Alson former EPA Senior Engineer and Policy Advisor, Office of Transportation and Air Quality and Margo Oge former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, were quoted in this article on the finalization of the SAFE rule and the boost it will give to natural gas-fueled vehicles sales. 

Gutting fuel Economy Standards During a Pandemic is Peak Trump

April 2, 2020 / by

David Roberts /

Vox

Jeff Alson, EPN member and former EPA Senior Engineer and Policy Advisor, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was quoted in this article concerning the Trump administration’s finalization of the SAFE rule, which would relax the existing fuel efficiency standard imposed on automobile manufacturers. Jeff was also quoted in similar articles by Politico and Boulder Weekly.

Trump’s Car Rule Would Cause More Pollution Deaths

April 2, 2020 / by

Maxine Joselow /

E&E News

EPN members, Mustafa Ali former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization, and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice and Margo Oge former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, were quoted in this article on the finalization of the SAFE rule, which would rollback existing vehicle emission standards.

EPA Obama Official Sees States Leading Effort to Tackle Plastic Pollution

April 2, 2020 / by

Suzanne Yohannan /

Inside EPA

Judith Enck, EPN member and former EPA Regional Administrator for Region 2, was quoted in this article on states taking the initiative and leading on the plastic pollution crisis.

GenX Affects Function of Proteins that Protect the Brain

April 2, 2020 / by

Sheena Scruggs /

Environmental Factor

Linda Birnbaum, EPN member and former Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Toxicology Program (NTP), was quoted in this article regarding the chemical GenX and its effects on the protein that protects the brain.

Environmental Protection Network Response to Clean-Car Rules-Rollback Decisive; Warns Action Threatens Planet, Public Health, Jobs

April 2, 2020 / by

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Air Quality Matters

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 devastating impacts of concerning its response to the finalization of the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule. EPN was also mentioned in the article