EPN In Action January-February 2022


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EPN’s Work on Air

Testimony on EPA’s Proposal to Reaffirm the MATS Appropriate and Necessary Finding

On February 24, 2022, EPN presented testimony applauding EPA's proposal to reinstate the statutorily required finding that it is “appropriate and necessary” to regulate hazardous emissions from coal- and oil-fired power plants. EPN also provided recommendations to avoid undercounting quantifiable mercury benefits, which could put the rule in jeopardy.

Air in the News

EPA Names Experts to Help Set New Ozone Standards

February 25, 2022 / by

Sean Reilly /

E&E News

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.

EPA Faces New Pressure to Adopt Stricter Power Plant Rules

February 24, 2022 / by

Sean Reilly /

E&E News

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.

New EPA Rules to Target Power Plant Pollution

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

EPN Comments on EPA’s Coal Combustion Residuals Part A and Part B Implementation

EPN submitted comments supporting EPA’s proposal to accelerate the initiation of closure on a number of coal ash ponds at coal- fired power plants that do not meet the required environmental safeguards that would allow them to extend their closure deadlines and continue operation. In addition, EPN encouraged EPA to ensure that the coal-fired power plants still operating unlined coal ash ponds, and requesting EPA to allow them to remain in operation without liners in perpetuity, meet EPA’s clearly articulated environmental safeguards needed to ensure protectiveness when managing coal ash.

Coal Ash in the News

How a Powerful Company Convinced Georgia to Let It Bury Toxic Waste in Groundwater

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.

Former EPA Officials Urge Congress to Pass Essential Funding

February 10, 2022 / by

William K. Reilly and Betsy Southerland /

Bloomberg Law

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.

These Carbon-Spewing Vehicles Must Be Stopped

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.

Biden’s 2022 Climate Test

January 6, 2022 / by

Jeremy Symons /

The Hill

Jeremy Symons, EPN consultant and former Climate Policy Advisor, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, penned this op-ed discussing the importance of curtailing U.S. liquid natural gas exports in order to meet our climate goals.

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.

EPA Could Restore States’ Authority to Regulate Tailpipe Emissions

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.

Will EPA Get an Environmental Justice Boss?

February 17, 2022 / by

Kevin Bogardus and Kelsey Brugger /

E&E News

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.

Biden’s ‘Cancer Moonshot’ Turns Toward Pollution

February 3, 2022 / by

Ariel Wittenberg and Nico Portuondo /

E&E News

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.

Supreme Court Tees Up Wetlands Fight That Could Cuff EPA

January 24, 2022 / by

Hannah Northey and Pamela King /

E&E News

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.

Has Biden Followed the Science? What Researchers Say

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.”

Environmental Justice Woes Spring From Lead Pipe Replacement

January 13, 2022 / by

Hannah Northey /

E&E News

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.

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