EPN In Action May-June 2021
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EPN sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works related to its June 9th hearing on “PFAS: the View from Affected Citizens and States.”
EPN submitted comments on a manufacturer’s request for EPA to conduct a risk evaluation on the Octahydro-Tetramethyl-Naphthalenyl-Ethanone (OTNE) chemical category under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
EPN commented on EPA’s request for nominations to the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC).
EPN submitted comments on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) disclosure rules and guidance as they apply to climate change.
EPN sent a letter supporting the president’s proposed FY2022 EPA budget to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies.
EPN’s Work on Toxic Chemicals
Toxic Chemicals in the News
Improved Medical Screening in PFAS-impacted Communities to Identify Early Disease
June 29, 2021 / by
Isabella Raponi, Phil Brown, and Alissa Cordner /
Environmental Health News
Linda Birnbaum, EPN member, former Director of NIEHS, and former EPA scientist, was quoted in this article describing the harmful impacts per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have on human health.
Foam Containing ‘Forever Chemicals’ Used Against Plant Fire
June 17, 2021 / by
John Flesher /
EPN members Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, and Linda Birnbaum, former Director of NIEHS and EPA scientist, were quoted in this article regarding the use of foam containing PFAS at a chemical plant fire in Rockton, IL. They were quoted in similar articles appearing in The Chicago Tribune and Newsweek.
Advocates Push Congress, EPA for Tougher Action on PFAS
June 9, 2021 / by
E.A. Crunden /
EPN Executive Director Michelle Roos was quoted and EPN was cited in this article supporting a comprehensive class-based approach to PFAS regulation.
EPN’s Work on SAB and CASAC
SAB and CASAC in the News
Agency Swamped with Nominations for Science Advisory Board
May 20, 2021 / by
Sean Reilly /
Chris Zarba, EPN member and former Director, EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB), was quoted in this article discussing the large volume of nominations for candidates willing to serve on the SAB this year.
EPN’s Work on Enforcement and Budget
Enforcement and Budget in the News
A Look at What’s Inside Biden’s $6 Trillion Budget Request
May 28, 2021 / by
Lisa Friedman /
The New York Times
David Coursen, EPN member and former attorney, EPA Office of General Counsel, was quoted in this article, as well as a Bloomberg Law article and an Inside EPA article, regarding the Biden administration’s proposed EPA budget for fiscal year 2022.
Biden EPA’s FY22 Budget Hike Seeks to Reverse Years of ‘Level’ Funding
June 3, 2021 / by
Lara Beaven /
EPN was cited and EPN member Dave Coursen, former attorney, EPA Office of General Counsel, was quoted in this article discussing how EPA’s robust budget request for FY2022 is needed to rebuild the agency after years of stagnant funding.
EPN members penned their own op-eds on the President’s FY2022 Budget, infrastructure, and EPA.
Infrastructure Funding Might Throw Environmental Protections Under the Bus
June 6, 2021 / by
Cheryl Wasserman /
Cheryl Wasserman, EPN member and former Associate Director for Policy Analysis, EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, wrote this op-ed discussing how processes of the National Environmental Policy Act and environmental permitting would be significantly compromised under infrastructure legislation under consideration in Congress. She suggests how legislation can best be implemented to guide smart, efficient infrastructure construction that also enhances the environment, equity, economic empowerment, and climate resilience.
A Breath of Fresh Air at the EPA, But Budget, Staff Need Boost
May 17, 2021 / by
Michelle Roos and Jeremy Symons /
Michelle Roos, EPN Executive Director, and Jeremy Symons, EPN member and consultant and former Climate Policy Advisor, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, penned this op-ed discussing the progress made and the work that remains to be done at the EPA under the Biden administration.
Rebuilding EPA Through Its Climate Programs
June 9, 2021 / by
David Coursen /
Dave Coursen, EPN member and former attorney, EPA Office of General Counsel, penned this op-ed describing how the proposed EPA FY2022 budget will allow the agency and its partners to carry out their mission to protect human health and the environment.
More examples of EPN In The News
EPN members contributed to a range of articles on topics such as climate change and environmental justice, particulate matter air standards, and the Clean Water Act.
The EPA Just Announced a $50 Million Push to Help Underserved Communities Tackle Pollution and Get Jobs
June 25, 2021 / by
Zahra Hirji /
Mustafa Santiago Ali, EPN member and former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and EPA Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was quoted in this article regarding the significant new funding EPA has allocated towards low-income communities and communities of color most affected by pollution, climate change, and COVID-19.
Review of Particulate Matter Air Levels a ‘No Brainer’ for EPA
June 11, 2021 / by
Jennifer Hijazi /
John Bachmann, EPN member and former Associate Director for Science Policy and New Programs, EPA Office of Air Quality Standards and Planning, was quoted in this article discussing EPA’s decision to reconsider National Ambient Air Quality Standards for particulate matter, which was left unchanged by the Trump administration.
EPA to Revise Trump Rule Limiting State Authority to Block Pipelines
May 27, 2021 / by
Rachel Frazin /
Mark Ryan, EPN member and former Regional Counsel, EPA Region 10, was quoted in this article concerning possible new regulations to reverse Trump-era changes to Section 401 of the Clean Water Act.