EPN In Action November-December 2020
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The Environmental Protection Network was launched in January 2017 to harness the expertise of former EPA career staff and confirmation-level appointees from multiple administrations to provide an informed and rigorous defense against efforts to undermine the protection of public health and the environment.
EPN member Roy Gamse presented personal testimony on EPA’s Revised “Guidelines for Preparing Economic Analyses” during a meeting of the Science Advisory Board.
EPN created a side-by-side comparison of the FY2020 enacted budget, the FY2021 House bill, and the FY2021 Senate proposed bill.
EPN submitted comments in response to the Department of Transportation’s proposed significant changes to implementation regulations of the National Environmental Policy Act.
EPN commented on EPA’s proposed regulations that would allow certain genetically modified plant-incorporated protectants to be exempt from Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act registration and Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act requirements.
EPN requested a comment extension and submitted comments on the supplemental analysis conducted under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) on the draft risk evaluation for 1,4-dioxane.
EPN sent a letter to EPA Administrator Wheeler reiterating its concerns about the agency’s final risk evaluation of trichloroethylene conducted under TSCA.
EPN submitted comments on the revised draft risk evaluation of the chemical Pigment Violet 29 conducted under TSCA.
EPN’s Work on Cost Benefit Analysis, Budget, and NEPA
Cost Benefit Analysis and Budget in the News
New Trump Rule Aims to Limit Tough Clean Air Measures Under Biden
December 9, 2020 / by
Coral Davenport /
The New York Times
Roy Gamse, EPN member and former EPA Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy, was quoted in this article concerning EPA’s decision to finalize a rule that would alter how the agency calculates the costs and benefits of air rules. Roy was also quoted in articles by Reuters, DeSmogBlog, Gizmodo, Common Dreams, Inside EPA, and EcoWatch.
Trump Admin Plows Ahead on Fiscal 2022 Budget
November 11, 2020 / by
Kelsey Brugger /
Dave Coursen, EPN member and former attorney, EPA Office of General Counsel, was quoted in this article about the Trump administration’s continued work on the FY22 budget.
EPN’s Work on Toxics and Pesticides
EPN Member Op-Eds
EPN members penned their own op-eds on climate and water, enforcement, and EPA’s 50th anniversary.
Steps to Cool the Climate will Improve Water Quality, too
December 9, 2020 / by
Jeff Peterson /
Jeff Peterson, EPN member and former Senior Policy Advisor, EPA Office of Water, wrote this op-ed about how climate change mitigation can improve the health of U.S. water bodies and increase drinking water quality.
Reversing Rollbacks in the Post Trump-Era is not Enough
December 7, 2020 / by
David Coursen /
David Coursen, EPN member and former attorney, EPA Office of General Counsel, penned this op-ed regarding the crucial need for increased spending on criminal enforcement to uphold the Biden administration’s environmental agenda.
The EPA at 50: It’s Time to Correct Inequities and Think Big
December 3, 2020 / by
Michelle Roos /
Michelle Roos, EPN Executive Director, wrote an op-ed published in Bloomberg discussing “Resetting the Course of EPA” in the context of EPA’s 50th anniversary.
Examples of EPN in the News
In addition to the articles above, EPN members contributed to a range of articles on topics such as climate change and climate science, the finalized lead and copper rule, rebuilding science at EPA, the censored science rule, and risk evaluations under TSCA.
The Resistance: In the President’s Relentless War on Climate Science, They Fought Back
December 27, 2020 / by
Marianne Lavelle /
Inside Climate News
EPN members Jeff Alson (former Senior Engineer and Policy Adviser, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality), Dan Costa (former National Program Director, EPA Air, Climate, and Energy Research Program, Office of Research and Development), Tom Sinks (former Director, EPA Office of the Science Advisor), and Chris Zarba (former Director, EPA Science Advisory Board) were quoted and EPN was mentioned in this article concerning the current administration’s combative relationship with science at EPA.
EPA Finalizes New Lead and Copper Rules for Drinking Water
December 23, 2020 / by
Adisa Hargett-Robinson /
Mustafa Santiago Ali, EPN member and former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was quoted in this article regarding EPA’s recently finalized Lead and Copper Rule. Mustafa was also quoted in a similar article in The Hill.
Can Joe Biden Rebuild the Ravaged US Environmental Protection Agency?
December 16, 2020 / by
Jeff Tollefson /
EPN members Bob Kavlock, former Acting Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Research and Development and EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator for Science, and Chris Zarba, former Director, EPA Science Advisory Board, were quoted in this article about the damage sustained to EPA under the current administration and what will be required to build back its capacity.
E.P.A.’s Final Deregulatory Rush Runs Into Open Staff Resistance
November 27, 2020 / by
Lisa Friedman /
The New York Times
EPN members Tom Sinks (former Director, EPA Office of the Science Advisor), Tom Burke (former Science Advisor and Deputy Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Research and Development), Judith Enck (former Regional Administrator for EPA Region 2), and Chris Zarba (former Director, EPA Science Advisory Board) were quoted in this article regarding staff resistance to the potential finalization of EPA’s “censored science” rule.
To Achieve His Climate Goals, Joe Biden Needs to Bring Scientists Back
November 12 / by
Justine Calma /
EPN members Dan Costa (former National Program Director, EPA Air, Climate, and Energy Research Program, Office of Research and Development), Vijay Limay (Physical Scientist, Air Monitoring and Analysis Section, Air and Radiation Division, EPA Region 5), and Chris Zarba (former Director, EPA Science Advisory Board), are quoted and Mustafa Santiago Ali (former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice) is mentioned in this article on the need to reintegrate science into the federal government for the incoming Biden administration to implement its climate change agenda.
Biden Administration Expected to Increase Scrutiny of TSCA Risk Evaluations, New Chemicals
November 11, 2020 / by
Terry Hyland /
EPN members Betsy Southerland (Director of the Office of Science and Technology in EPA’s Office of Water) and Bob Sussman, former EPA Deputy Administrator, were quoted in this article regarding Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) policies under an incoming Biden administration.