EPN In Action March-April 2024

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  • EPN sent a letter to congressional committees on PFAS exemptions from the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).

  • EPN submitted comments on EPA’s proposal to expand the scope of constituents under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Section 3004(u).

  • EPN submitted comments on EPA’s proposal to amend the definition of hazardous waste applicable to corrective action for releases from solid waste management units.

  • EPN also submitted comments on EPA’s White Paper about the benefits of structured and digital content labels for pesticide products.

  • EPN submitted comments on candidates for ad hoc participation in the Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC) peer review of the Draft Risk Evaluation for Formaldehyde.

  • EPN submitted nominations for FY2025 Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) membership.

EPN Announcements

  • We were thrilled to recently learn that we assisted 4 grantees of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund’s Solar for All grant program, who were awarded a total of more than $530 million. We provided all four organizations with instructions and templates on how to assemble and submit an application, answered questions, reviewed draft applications, and provided suggested edits to strengthen their applications.

  • During March and April, EPN connected over 50 volunteers to over 190 requests for technical assistance from frontline communities, nonprofit organizations, law clinics, under-resourced government agencies, and others.

  • EPN, in partnership with EPA Region 3 and the EPA Alumni Association, conducted a virtual roundtable discussion with Virginia State University (VSU), a historically Black institution in Petersburg, Virginia.

  • EPN, with the EPA Alumni Association and EPA Region 6, assisted in an educational roundtable for applicants applying for positions through EPA’s Recent Graduates Pathway program.

  • EPN hired a new Community Outreach Associate, Olivia Smith!

EPN’s Work on RCRA and CERCLA

EPN Sends Letter to Congressional Committees on PFAS Exemptions from CERCLA

On April 18, 2024, EPN sent a letter to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee regarding legislation under consideration on PFAS that could include exemptions from the potential liability under CERCLA for releases (or threat of release) of PFAS compounds into the environment.

EPN Comments on Listing of Specific PFAS as Hazardous Constituents

On March 27, 2024, EPN submitted comments on EPA's proposal to expand the scope of constituents under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Section 3004(u) to include nine listed PFAS chemicals. We commend EPA for proposing this important new rule and providing clear explanations to prevent confusion regarding its implementation.

RCRA and CERCLA in the News

‘Important Step’: EPA Finalizes Rule to Clean Up Forever Chemical Contamination

April 19, 2024 / by

Jessica Corbett /

Common Dreams

Walter Mugdan, former EPA Region 2 Deputy Regional Administrator and Superfund Director, was quoted in Common Dreams about EPA’s recently finalized rule to hold industrial polluters accountable for PFAS contamination across the country.

EPA Designates ‘Forever Chemicals’ For Enforcement Under the Superfund Program

April 19, 2024 / by

Laura Schulte /

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Tracey Woodruff, former EPA Senior Scientist and Policy Advisor in the Office of Policy, was quoted in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the new Superfund rule, adding that it is a step in the right direction, especially for low income communities and communities of color.

EPN’s Work on Chemicals

EPN Comments on Candidates for Ad Hoc Participation in the SACC Peer Review of the Draft Risk Evaluation for Formaldehyde

On March 13, 2024, EPN submitted comments on the candidates under consideration for selection as ad hoc peer reviewers, assisting the Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC) with their peer review of the agency’s evaluation of the risks from formaldehyde. We suggest areas of expertise that should be enhanced, support specific candidates, and caution against using multiple candidates from the same place of employment.

Chemicals in the News

Why the U.S. Struggles to Replace Millions of Lead Pipes. ‘We’re Just Stuck.’

April 25, 2024 / by

Amudalat Ajasa /

The Washington Post

Ronnie Levin, former EPA Senior Scientist, Region 1, was quoted in The Washington Post about the challenges of implementing national lead pipe replacement standards and working with thousands of utility companies across the country.

Lawsuits Mount Over EPA’s Asbestos Ban

April 22, 2024 / by

Ellie Borst /

Politico Pro

Bob Sussman, former EPA Deputy Administrator and Senior Policy Counsel to the EPA Administrator, was quoted in Politico about a petition from the Asbestos Disease and Awareness Organization (ADAO) that asserts EPA’s recent ban on asbestos is not strong enough.

EPA Puts Limits on ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Drinking Water

April 10, 2024 / by

Pien Huang /


Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was quoted in NPR discussing the positive impacts of the agency’s recently finalized drinking water standards for six PFAS chemicals.

EPN’s Work on Air

Air in the News

The EPA Has Done Nearly Everything It Can to Clean Up This Town. It Hasn’t Worked.

April 15, 2024 / by

Lisa Song /


Mike Koerber, former Deputy Director, Office of Air Quality and Planning Standards, Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in ProPublica about how a new EPA rule that requires fenceline monitoring could help Calvert City, KY, address severe community pollution.

Experts: EPA Chemical Plant Emissions Rule a Win for WV Communities

April 15, 2024 / by

Nadia Ramlagan /

Public News Service

Jeremy Symons, Senior Advisor to EPN, was quoted in Public News Service about a new EPA rule requiring select chemical plants in West Virginia and other states to lower pollution of ethylene oxide, chloroprene, and other cancer-causing pollutants and report their emissions to EPA.

EPA’s Truck Pollution Standard Means Clean Trucks, Clean Air, Clean Lungs

April 1, 2024 / by

Margo Oge /


Margo Oge, former Director, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, penned an op-ed in Forbes about EPA’s final heavy-duty vehicle emissions rule and writes about how it advances economic, climate, and public health goals.

More Examples of EPN in the News

EPN members contributed to a range of articles on topics such as EPA’s new PFAS standards, air toxics reporting, and President Biden’s climate agenda.

EPA Sets First Federal Limits on Dangerous ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Drinking Water

April 12, 2024 / by

Will Sullivan /

Smithsonian Magazine

Linda Birnbaum, former Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology Program, was quoted in Smithsonian Magazine discussing EPA’s new federal limits of PFAS in drinking water.

EPA Nears Finish Line on Expansion of Air Toxics Reporting

April 2, 2024 / by

Sean Reilly /

Politico Pro

A Politico article mentioned a set of public comments written by EPN on air emissions reporting requirements. EPA is expected to issue a final rule in the coming months.

Biden’s Climate Playbook: Propose Strong Rules, Then Soften Them

March 28, 2024 / by

Jean Chemnick and Benjamin Storrow /

E&E News

Stan Meiburg, former DRA in Region 4 and Acting Deputy Administrator, and Jeremy Symons, EPN Senior Advisor, were quoted in E&E News about Biden’s delicate climate agenda ahead of the 2024 election.

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