EPN In Action March-April 2021
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EPN’s Board of Directors voted overwhelmingly to continue to fulfill its mission of preserving and advancing the nation’s bipartisan legacy of progress towards clean air, water, land and climate protection for all Americans.
Betsy also participated in an Earth Day 2021 Virtual Festival discussion, sharing the virtual stage with EPA Administrator Michael Regan, Senator Elizabeth Warren, singer LeAnn Rimes, and others.
EPN submitted comments supporting EPA’s proposal to delay the effective date of the Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR) and the compliance date established in it.
EPN sent EPA Administrator Michael Regan a set of recommendations for a new per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) Action Plan to comprehensively address the serious public health and environmental impacts of PFAS.
EPN sent a letter to EPA requesting that the agency reactivate its Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program and proposing a plan for efficiently screening chemicals for potential endocrine effects.
EPN Votes to Continue
EPN Public Participation
EPN’s Work on Drinking Water
EPN’s Work on Toxic Chemicals
EPN members penned their own op-eds on the Biden administration’s progress on climate action and the American Jobs Plan.
April 28, 2021 / by
Jeremy Symons /
Jeremy Symons, EPN member and consultant and former Climate Policy Advisor, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, penned this op-ed discussing how far President Biden has gone on climate action during the first 100 days of his presidency.
April 15, 2021 / by
David Coursen /
David Coursen, EPN member and former Attorney, EPA Office of General Counsel, penned this op-ed describing how the American Jobs Plan and EPA’s recently-released budget outline will work in conjunction with the climate crisis executive order to advance environmental justice.
More examples of EPN In The News
EPN members contributed to a range of articles on topics such as PFAS, environmental justice, the Superfund tax, an EPA Inspector General’s report on car regulation, the Biden administration’s FY2022 discretionary spending plan, and changes to EPA science advisory boards.
October 20, 2021 / by
David Gelles and Emily Steel /
The New York Times
Linda Birnbaum, former Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Science and former EPA scientist, was quoted in this article discussing the prevalence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in our communities.
October 18, 2021 / by
Betsy Klein and Nadia Kounang /
Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was quoted in this article about the release of EPA’s PFAS Roadmap, the agency’s plan of actions across multiple statutes to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. Betsy was quoted in similar articles appearing in Inside EPA, Bloomberg Law, and E&E News.
October 18, 2021 / by
Bob Sussman /
Bob Sussman, former Senior Policy Counsel to the EPA Administrator and former EPA Deputy Administrator, penned this op-ed about the adjustments that could be made to the clean energy performance program to address concerns that threaten its removal from the $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill.
April 21, 2021 / by
Michael Hiltzik /
Los Angeles Times
Jeff Alson, EPN member and former Senior Engineer and Policy Advisor, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was quoted in this article regarding the EPA Inspector General’s report on the preparation of the 2020 SAFE Vehicles Rule.
April 10, 2021 / by
Shannon Osaka /
Michelle Roos, EPN Executive Director, was quoted and EPN was cited in this article discussing the release of the Biden administration’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2022. Michelle and EPN were also mentioned in a Nature World News article also describing the budget proposal.
April 1, 2021 / by
Britt E. Erickson /
Chemical & Engineering News
EPN member Chris Zarba, former Director, EPA Science Advisory Board, was quoted in this article discussing the need for more balanced EPA advisory committees.