EPN In Action July-August 2022
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EPN sent a letter to EPA urging the agency to swiftly designate PFOA and PFOS as hazardous substances. We also sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Environment and Public Works urging them to adopt two amendments in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2023 regarding critical actions on PFAS.
EPN submitted comments on the draft revised risk determinations for the risk evaluations of Methylene Chloride (MC), Perchloroethylene, (PCE) and n-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP). We also submitted comments on EPA’s proposed Asbestos Part 1 rule, urging the agency to finalize the rule as quickly as possible.
EPN submitted comments and presented testimony on the agency’s proposed Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 401 Water Quality Certification Improvement Rule.
EPN sent a letter to EPA expressing our concerns about EPA’s plans to retire its online archive and we submitted comments on the EPA-proposed rule for “Confidential Business Information (CBI) Claims Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).”
EPN is pleased to welcome Davina Resto and Jasmine Wilkes, our two new Community Outreach Associates, who will be focused on our pro bono technical assistance program. In addition, we will be bringing on at least one new Community Outreach Associate in September.
EPN members provided pro bono technical assistance to low-income communities and communities of color over 30 times in the last two months, for a total of over 130 communities in the last year.
EPN and the EPA Alumni Association conducted a virtual roundtable event about working at EPA at Bluefield State University, a historically Black institution.
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, congressional staffers, and nonprofit organizations.
EPN’s Work on PFAS
PFAS in the News
EPN Seeks PFAS ‘Emergency’ in Senate NDAA to Back CWA Streamlining
August 17, 2022 / by
Rick Weber /
This article referenced EPN’s letter to the Senate Environment and Public Works and Armed Services Committees urging the inclusion of two PFAS amendments in the National Defense Authorization Act for 2023.
SAB Backs EPA’s PFAS Findings for SDWA Rule, but Urges Some Fixes
August 24, 2022 / by
Suzanne Yohannan /
Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was quoted and EPN was mentioned in this article discussing the EPA Science Advisory Board’s report on the scientific analyses EPA will use to set safe drinking water standards for PFOA and PFOS.
More Than 8 million Illinoisans Get Drinking Water from a Utility Where Forever Chemicals Have Been Detected
July 12, 2022 / by
Michael Hawthorne /
Linda Birnbaum, former Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology Program and former EPA scientist, and Elsie Sunderland, Professor of Environmental Chemistry, Harvard University, and former Environmental Scientist, EPA Office of Policy, were quoted in this article regarding the toxic health effects of PFOA and PFOS, the two most prevalent PFAS found in drinking water in Illinois, even at very low levels.
EPN’s Work on Toxics
Toxics in the News
Birnbaum Says TSCA Grouping Could Help EPA Break Statutory Silos
August 4, 2022 / by
Maria Hegstad /
Linda Birnbaum, former Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology Program and former EPA scientist, was quoted in this article discussing how a class-based approach to handling chemicals under TSCA could help assess the cumulative human health effects that multiple chemicals have across different media.
Environmentalists Urge EPA To Group Chemicals For TSCA Review
July 11, 2022 / by
Maria Hegstad /
Bob Sussman, former EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article suggesting that EPA combine TSCA risk evaluations for different substances in the same chemical category to reduce program costs.
EPN’s Work on Water
Water in the News
How Manchin’s Climate Deal Could Thwart EPA Permitting Rule
August 4, 2022 / by
Hannah Northey and Kelsey Brugger /
This article mentions EPN’s comments on EPA’s proposed revisions to the Clean Water Act 401 certification rule and possible impacts Senator Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) permitting reforms could have on the 401 revisions.
EPN’s Work on CBI and Transparency
EPN Member Op-Eds
EPN members penned their own op-eds on hydrogen production, the Inflation Reduction Act, and small refinery exemptions.
What Color Is Your Hydrogen? Not All Hydrogen Is Clean
August 11, 2022 / by
Margo Oge /
Margo Oge, former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, wrote this op-ed for Forbes urging people to switch from fossil fuels to hydrogen but cautioning that not all hydrogen is clean/green.
Inflation Reduction Act Will Boost EPA Efforts to Tackle the Climate Crisis
August 1, 2022 / by
David F. Coursen /
Dave Coursen, former Attorney, EPA Office of General Counsel, wrote this op-ed discussing how the Inflation Reduction Act will help EPA address the challenges of climate change and support environmental and climate justice.
A Hidden Regulatory Tax on Large Refiners and Fuel Consumers Goes Away
July 5, 2022 / by
Michael H. Levin /
Michael Levin, former Director of Regulatory Reform, EPA Office of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation, wrote this commentary explaining EPA’s rationale in its recent denials of over 100 small refiner exemption requests.
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 the Inflation Reduction Act, methane regulation, and West Virginia v. EPA.
Biden Signed the Climate Law. Now the Bureaucrats’ Hard Slog Begins.
August 17, 2022 / by
Jennifer Dlouhy /
Jeff Alson, former Senior Engineer and Policy Advisor, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was quoted in this article about the amount of new policies that need to be written and implemented and the amount of new work for regulators after the signing of the Inflation Reduction Act.
Methane Reductions Sought by EPA Get Boost From Climate Deal
August 3, 2022 / by
Jennifer Hijazi /
Jeremy Symons, EPN consultant and former Climate Policy Advisor, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in this article regarding measures in the Inflation Reduction Act that could broaden the scope of methane emitters regulated by EPA.
EPA Seen as Prepared for Big Challenges Ahead of Carbon Rules
July 7, 2022 / by
Stephen Lee and Jennifer Hijazi /
Stan Meiburg, former EPA Acting Deputy Administrator and former Regional Administrator, EPA Regions 4 and 6, was quoted in this article about how ready EPA was when the Supreme Court’s decision on power plant emissions was released and the impact the decision would have on forthcoming carbon rules from the agency. Stan was quoted in related articles published in WFAE 90.7 and E&E News.