EPN In Action March-April 2023
Welcome to your EPN In Action newsletter
EPN submitted comments on EPA’s draft white paper, “Availability of New Approach Methodologies (NAMs) in the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP).”
EPN submitted comments on EPA’s proposed approach for cumulative risk assessments under TSCA.
EPN submitted comments on EPA’s reconsideration of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Particulate Matter (PM).
EPN volunteers provided pro bono technical assistance to low-income communities and communities of color over 40 times in the last two months, for a total of over 300 communities in less than 2 years.
EPN Executive Director Michelle Roos attended the signing of a new Executive Order (EO), Revitalizing Our Nation’s Commitment to Environmental Justice for All.
EPN was named a formal partner on 10 out of 14 future regional Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers and looks forward to serving as many of the regional and national centers as possible.
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 nonprofits.
EPN’s Work on Environmental Justice
EPN’s Work on Pesticides and Toxics
Pesticides and Toxics in the News
March 23, 2023 / by
Johnathan Hettinger /
Bill Jordan, former Deputy Director for Programs, EPA Office of Pesticide Programs, was quoted in this article regarding EPA’s proposal to transfer oversight of flea and tick collars to the Food and Drug Administration.
March 23, 2023 / by
Tom Perkins /
Jennifer Orme-Zavaleta, former Deputy Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Research and Development, and Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, were quoted in this article about political interference in the toxicity assessment for the PFAS chemical PFBS at the close of the Trump administration.
March 14, 2023 / by
E.A. Crunden /
Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was quoted in this article discussing EPA’s proposal to set drinking water standards for six PFAS, including PFOS and PFOA. Betsy was also quoted in Politico and 21 News-WFMJ articles discussing the improvements to drinking water quality the rulemaking would provide.
EPN’s Work on Air
Air in the News
April 12, 2023 / by
Tanya Snyder, James Bikales, Alex Guillen /
Margo Oge, former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was quoted in this article discussing the importance of the EPA’s proposed vehicle emissions standards in the Biden administration’s efforts to combat climate change. Margo was quoted in related articles from the Associated Press, Washington Post, Detroit Free Press, and Nature. She was also interviewed on CNN.
April 6, 2023 / by
Liz McLaughlin /
Mustafa Santiago Ali, former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and former EPA Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was quoted in this article discussing how the impacts of air pollution and climate change disproportionately affect Black and low-income communities.
Environmental Advocates Protest Outside EPA Headquarters Over the Slow Pace of New Climate and Clean Air Regulations
April 4, 2023 / by
Phil McKenna, Emma Ricketts /
Inside Climate News
Bob Perciasepe, former EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article regarding protests outside EPA headquarters demanding a faster rollout of tighter climate and air quality regulations for fossil fuel power plants.
EPN Member Op-Eds
EPN members penned their own op-eds on the World Health Organization’s PFAS drinking water guidelines, regulatory rollbacks, and the legacy of Representative Donald McEachin.
April 26, 2023 / by
Elizabeth Southerland and Linda Birnbaum /
Environmental Science & Technology
Linda Birnbaum, former Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, wrote this commentary discussing the need for the World Health Organization to substantially revise its proposed drinking water guidelines for PFAS compounds.
March 10, 2023 / by
Margo Oge /
Margo Oge, former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, wrote this op-ed about the high cost that lobbying by regulated industries to weaken, delay, or rollback rules has on public health, safety, and the environment.
March 8, 2023 / by
Mustafa Santiago Ali and Leo Woodberry /
Mustafa Santiago Ali, Senior Vice President for Environmental Justice, National Wildlife Federation, former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and former EPA Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, co-authored this op-ed honoring the legacy of former Representative Donald McEachin, a congressional leader in the environmental justice movement.
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 waters of the U.S., hazardous waste disposal, and EPA staffing.
April 19, 2023 / by
Vanessa Montalbano /
The Washington Post
Mark Ryan, former Assistant Regional Counsel, EPA Region 10, and former Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, was quoted in this article regarding the failed House vote to undo the Biden administration’s waters of the U.S. rule and the legal challenges that will continue, possibly even beyond the forthcoming Supreme Court decision on Sackett vs. EPA.
April 11, 2023 / by
AP and Spectrum News Staff /
Spectrum News 1
Bill Muno, former Superfund Director, EPA Region 5, was quoted in this article discussing the treatment and disposal of hazardous waste at commercial hazardous waste facilities, a concern that has arisen in the wake of the East Palestine train derailment.
March 8, 2023 / by
Kevin Bogardus /
Dave Coursen, former Attorney, EPA Office of General Counsel, and Stan Meiburg, former EPA Acting Deputy Administrator and former Regional Administrator, EPA Regions 4 and 6, were quoted in this article regarding staffing levels at EPA and the need for more hires to meet current challenges and demands.