EPN In Action January-February 2022
Welcome to your EPN In Action Newsletter
EPN member John Bachmann presented testimony at a public meeting discussing the draft Chartered Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) reports on EPA’s Draft Supplement to the 2019 Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) and the Draft Policy Assessment (PA) for Particulate Matter. These assessments are used to set national air quality standards.
EPN member Ellen Kurlansky presented testimony at a public hearing on EPA’s proposal to reaffirm the scientific, economic, and legal underpinnings of the 2012 Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) for power plants.
EPN submitted comments on EPA’s Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) Part A and Part B proposed determinations for coal-fired facilities’ requests to extend operations of unlined coal ash ponds.
EPN member Bill Jordan presented oral comments on behalf of EPN at the public listening session of the Interagency Working Group (IWG) on implementing the Endangered Species Act (ESA) requirements.
EPN members were featured in dozens of media outlets and authored several op-eds. EPN continues to provide in-depth, insightful background information to numerous reporters.
EPN members provided pro bono technical assistance to low-income communities and communities of color, and the non-profit organizations and law clinics assisting them, over 30 times in the last two months.
EPN’s Work on Air
Air in the News
February 25, 2022 / by
Sean Reilly /
John Bachmann, former Associate Director for Science/Policy and New Programs, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, was quoted and EPN was mentioned in this article discussing the recent formation of the 2022 Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee review panel that will be reassessing the air quality standard for ozone.
February 24, 2022 / by
Sean Reilly /
The testimony of Ellen Kurlansky, former Air Policy Analyst and Advisor, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in this article about the public hearing on EPA’s proposal to reaffirm the appropriate and necessary finding for Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.
January 25, 2022 / by
Timothy Puko /
The Wall Street Journal
Jonathan Skinner-Thompson, Associate Clinical Professor at Colorado Law and former Senior Assistant Regional Counsel, EPA Region 8, was quoted in this article about EPA Administrator Regan’s announcement that EPA will be using a more coordinated approach to regulate power plant emissions.
EPN’s Work on Coal Ash and Pesticides
Coal Ash in the News
January 18, 2022 / by
Max Blau /
Stan Meiburg, former EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article that investigates the pressure applied by power companies on state regulators’ interpretation of EPA’s coal ash rule.
EPN Member Op-Eds
EPN members penned their own op-eds on EPA funding, heavy-duty vehicle emissions, and liquid natural gas.
February 10, 2022 / by
William K. Reilly and Betsy Southerland /
Bill Reilly, former EPA Administrator, and Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, wrote this op-ed urging Congress to pass a budget that gives EPA the ability to implement the bipartisan infrastructure bill and carry out its essential work.
January 12, 2022 / by
Margo Oge and Drew Kodjak /
The New York Times
Margo Oge, chair of the International Council on Clean Transportation and former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, co-authored this op-ed urging the Biden administration to set targets for making heavy-duty trucks and buses emission-free.
More Examples of EPN in the News
In addition to the articles above, EPN members contributed to a range of articles on topics such as vehicle emission standards, EPA’s environmental justice program, President Biden’s cancer moonshot, waters of the United States, science policy, and lead service line replacement.
February 21, 2022 / by
Nadia Ramlagan /
Public News Service
Jeff Alson, former Senior Engineer and Policy Advisor, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was quoted and EPN was mentioned in this article about EPA’s expected reinstatement of a waiver that would allow states to set stricter vehicle emissions standards than those set by the federal government.
February 17, 2022 / by
Kevin Bogardus and Kelsey Brugger /
Mustafa Santiago Ali, vice president at the National Wildlife Foundation, former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization, and former EPA Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was quoted in this article regarding the importance of the omnibus bill, which provides appropriations for the entire federal government, in establishing an EPA assistant administrator and program office for environmental justice.
February 3, 2022 / by
Ariel Wittenberg and Nico Portuondo /
Linda Birnbaum, former EPA Senior Toxicologist, EPA National Center for Environmental Assessment and former Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, was quoted in this article about the Cancer Moonshot initiative and the need to acknowledge the role chemical exposure plays in causing cancer and affecting cancer patient outcomes.
January 24, 2022 / by
Hannah Northey and Pamela King /
Mark Ryan, former Regional Counsel, EPA Region 10, was quoted in this article discussing the Supreme Court’s decision to consider Sackett vs. EPA, a challenge to a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that took a broader view of Clean Water Act jurisdiction.
January 20, 2022 / by
Jeff Tollefson, Max Kozlov, Amy Maxmen, & Alexandra Witze /
Chris Zarba, former Director, EPA Science Advisory Board, was quoted and EPN was mentioned in this article examining how well President Biden has upheld his pledge to “listen to the science.”
January 13, 2022 / by
Hannah Northey /
Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was quoted in this article regarding the need for EPA to ensure funding is allocated for lead-line replacement in low-income communities.