TSCA problem formulations set ‘improper precedents’, say former EPA staff

August 22, 2018. / by

Kelly Franklin /

Chemical Watch

EPN comments on TSCA draft formulations are quoted in this article on EPA staff response to TSCA rule changes.

Trump Administration Expected To Reveal Changes On Coal-Fired Plants

August 21, 2018. / by

David Greene /

National Public Radio

Janet McCabe, EPN member and former Acting Assistant Administrator of EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, is interviewed about her work on the Clean Power Plan and Trump’s proposed overhaul.

Trump’s Plan for Coal Emissions: Let Coal States Regulate Them

August 18, 2018 / by

Lisa Friedman /

New York Times

Janet McCabe, EPN member and former Acting Assistant Administrator of EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, comments on the proposed Clean Power Plan overhaul in this article on responses to the proposal.

Don’t be silenced in the name of ‘transparency’

August 15, 2018 / by

Daria Devantier /

The Hill

EPN member, Daria Devantier, calls on people to file comments with the EPA on their “transparency rule.” She is critical of the rule which will prevent EPA from using all science at their disposal.

Former EPA Staff Urge CEQ To Avoid NEPA Implementing Rule Changes

August 14, 2018 / by

Lee Logan /

Inside EPA

EPN and Save EPA submitted comments last week on proposed regulatory implementation revisions of NEPA. This week, those comments are quoted in this article on EPA staff response to NEPA rule changes.

EPA’s Bid for ‘Consistent and Transparent’ Rulemaking Draws Fire

August 14, 2018 / by

Charles Clark /

Government Executive

EPN and Save EPA submitted comments this week on proposed changes to weighing cost-benefit analysis at EPA. Those comments are quoted in this article on EPA staff responses to CBA rule changes.

White House Called Toxins Contamination ‘PR Nightmare’

Aug 13, 2018 / by

AP/Joseph B. Frederick /

Associated Press

EPN member and former deputy regional EPA administrator Kerrigan Clough is quoted in this article on the contamination of water in Horsham, PA, and surrounding towns in eastern PA with some of the highest levels of the toxic PFAS compounds of any public water system in the U.S.

E.P.A. Staff Objected to Agency’s New Rules on Asbestos Use, Internal Emails Show

August 10, 2018 / by

Lisa Friedman /

New York Times

Betsy Southerland, former Director of Science and Technology in the Office of Water and EPN member, is quoted in this article about the dangers of asbestos exposure under proposed TSCA revisions.

EPA Officials Echo Wide-Ranging Concerns with Science Transparency Rule

August 8, 2018 / by

Maria Hegstad /

Inside EPA

The testimonies of EPN members Gary Timm, Lynn Goldman, and John Bachmann are featured in this article about responses to the EPA’s proposed “censored science” rule.

To kill climate rule, EPA wants to redefine danger of soot

August 6, 2018 / by

Niina Heikkinen /

Climate Wire

EPN members John Bachmann and Janet McCabe are quoted in this article about the Clean Power Plan rollback and proposal to change cost-benefit analysis at the EPA.

Administration Proposes Rolling Back Fuel Economy Standards

August 3, 2018 / by

Margo Oge /

National Public Radio

Margo Oge, former Director of the EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality and EPN member, describes the dangerous and lasting impacts of the administration’s proposed roll back of fuel economy standards.

New EPA administrator, same menace to the environment

July 30, 2018 / by

Joel Mintz /

Miami Herald

EPN member and Professor of Law Emeritus Joel Mintz warns that Andrew Wheeler is equally as committed to regulatory rollbacks as Pruitt and is likely to be more successful with their implementation.

Here’s how the EPA might be different under Andrew Wheeler

July 30, 2018 / by

Scott Tong /

National Public Radio

EPN members Steve Silverman and Janet McCabe are quoted about differences between Scott Pruitt and Andrew Wheeler. They discuss how Wheeler’s background in science and previous Washington experience will show in his behavior.

Trump’s EPA rule would censor science, putting public health at risk

July 24, 2018 / by

Lynn Goldman /

The Hill

Lynn Goldman, EPN member and former EPA Assistant Administrator for Toxic Substances, wrote about her concerns regarding the proposed “censored science” rule. She emphasizes three protections that, if removed, would put public health at risk.

Kavanaugh may limit environmental protections if confirmed to Supreme Court

July 24, 2018 / by

Joel Mintz /

Sun Sentinel

EPN member and Professor of Law Emeritus Joel Mintz warns that based on his writings and votes, Judge Brett Kavanaugh could seriously curtail environmental protections if confirmed to sit on the Supreme Court.

Science under siege: behind the scenes at Trump’s troubled environment agency

July 11, 2018 / by

Jeff Tollefson /

Nature

EPN members Dan Costa and Christopher Zarba are interviewed about the changes in daily life for scientists at the EPA brought on by Scott Pruitt’s administration. He and other EPA employees reflect on the uncertainty and staff perseverance during the first 18 months under Pruitt.

Health Experts Rebut Trump EPA Censoring Science Rule

July 16, 2018 / by

Jennifer Sass /

Natural Resource Defense Council

EPN is quoted in this article on the detrimental effects the proposed Science Transparency rule would have on the EPA’s ability to use the most current science available when making regulatory decisions.

Former Coal Lobbyist Now Free to Shape Coal Regulations as EPA Chief

July 11, 2018 / by

Tom Pelton /

National Public Radio

Stan Meiburg, EPN Board member and Advisor, former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Regions 4 (Atlanta) and 6 (Dallas), and former EPA Acting Deputy Administrator, spoke to WYPR public radio on the question of Wheeler’s limited recusal from his past lobbying interests.

Group founded by ex-EPA staffers hires director

July 11, 2018 / by

Sean Reilly /

E&E News

The exciting appointment of Michelle Roos as EPN’s first full-time executive director was covered in this widely read online publication. Congratulations, Michelle!

Pruitt’s only saving grace was an inability to advance his proposals — Wheeler won’t have that problem

July 9, 2018 / by

Terry Babcock-Lumish and Michelle Roos /

The Hill

EPN Executive Director Michelle Roos and her co-author focus on how their polluted childhood hometown of Pittsburgh was transformed into a clean and thriving city thanks to environmental and public health protections once ensured by EPA.

Former Head of EPA Science Advisory Board Details Harm Under Scott Pruitt

July 6, 2018 / by

Amy Goodman /

DemocracyNow.org

Chris Zarba, EPN member who retired in February as head of EPA’s Science Advisory Board is interviewed about the damage to EPA programs and policies on Scott Pruitt’s watch. He is joined by Mustafa Ali, former director of EPA’s environmental Justice Program, who describes the rollback of protections for vulnerable communities imposed by the Pruitt administration.

Scott Pruitt’s Replacement is Even Worse

July 5, 2018 / by

Alexander Kaufman /

Huffington Post

EPN Advisory Council Co-Chair and former EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe and Stan Meiburg, EPN Board member and Advisor, former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Regions 4 (Atlanta) and 6 (Dallas), and former EPA Acting Deputy Administrator, are interviewed on the changes likely to come under Andrew Wheeler’s leadership of EPA.

Scott Pruitt Is Trying to Pull a Disappearing Act on Science. Here’s How It Would Impact Your Health

June 25, 2018 / by

Margo Oge /

Fortune.com

Margo Oge, former Director of the EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality and EPN member, describes the dangerous and potentially lasting impacts of the administration’s proposed “censored science” rule.

The Energy 202: Trump Appointee at EPA to Scrutinize Which Pollution Cases May Go to Court

June 15, 2018 / by

Dino Grandoni /

The Washington Post

EPN member George Czerniak is quoted in this article on a Trump appointee at the EPA reviewing which pollution violations are referred to the Justice Department. A move some former officials see as providing the opportunity to stifle enforcement of anti-pollution laws.