EPN In Action November-December 2021


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EPN’s Work on Air

EPN Presents Testimony on EPA’s Draft Policy Assessment for Particulate Matter

On November 17, 2021, EPN presented testimony on EPA's Draft PA for PM at a public meeting of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee PM panel. EPN's comments outlined evidence and perspectives recommending significant revisions to both daily and annual PM2.5 standards. In addition, EPN member Dan Costa presented testimony on the Draft Supplement to the ISA for PM.

Air in the News

E.P.A. Announces Tightest-Ever Auto Pollution Rules

December 20, 2021 / by

Coral Davenport /

The New York Times

Jeff Alson, former Senior Engineer and Policy Advisor, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was quoted in this article discussing the recently-announced vehicle emissions standards for model year 2023-2026 automobiles and light-duty vehicles. Jeff was also quoted in related articles appearing in a variety of news outlets including The Washington Post, E&E News, Huffington Post, and Grist.

US Lags in Electric Vehicle Sales Despite Biden Administration’s Push

December 3, 2021 / by

Oliver Milman /

The Guardian

Margo Oge, former Director, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in this article regarding the legislative and regulatory push the Biden administration will need to exert on US automakers in order for the country to reach the administration’s 2030 electric vehicle sales target.

Pulling Back the Curtain on Pollution

December 2, 2021 / by

Joseph Winters /


Mustafa Santiago Ali, former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice, was quoted in this article regarding EPA’s recent ruling that requires all natural gas processing facilities to report their hazardous pollutant emissions to the Toxics Release Inventory.

EPN’s Work on NEPA and EPA’s Strategic Plan

EPN Letter on Proposed Revisions to Regulations Implementing NEPA

On November 22, 2021, EPN sent a letter to CEQ providing comments on the proposal to generally restore regulatory provisions for implementing the procedural provisions of the NEPA. EPN supports CEQ's proposed revisions, which address climate change and environmental injustice, and recommends that any revisions in a second proposed rulemaking go further to restore the purpose and goals of NEPA that were limited by the 2020 NEPA regulations.

EPN Comments on EPA’s Draft Strategic Plan for FY2022-2026

EPN provided comments on EPA’s draft FY2022-2026 strategic plan that support the agency’s recommitment to following the science, following the law, and being transparent. In addition, EPN encouraged EPA to establish more near-term action items that are consistent with Administrator Regan's commitment to urgent priorities, including environmental justice and climate change.

EPN Member Op-Eds

EPN members penned their own op-eds on the EPA budget, electric vehicles, and a clean energy economy.

EPA Needs an Annual Appropriation That Will Fund the Biden Environmental Agenda

December 23, 2021 / by

David Coursen /

The Hill

Dave Coursen, former attorney, EPA Office of General Counsel, wrote this op-ed outlining the many reasons why EPA needs an annual appropriations bill passed in order to rebuild and restore its role in protecting human health and the environment.

Why the Midwest Should Lead on Electric Vehicles

December 18, 2021 / by

Jeff Alson /

I Heart Climate Voices

Jeff Alson, former Senior Engineer and Policy Advisor, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, penned this op-ed about how Midwesterners could take the lead in the country’s transition to electric vehicles.

A Clean Energy Economy Is Crucial for Frontline Communities

November 6, 2021 / by

Mustafa Santiago Ali /

The Hill

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, wrote this op-ed discussing the importance of investing in an equitable clean energy economy.

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 lead, the Superfund tax, and the Clean Water Act.

White House Lead-Eradication Plan Draws Praise and Questions

December 16, 2021 / by

Hannah Northey /

E&E News

Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was quoted and EPN was mentioned in this article discussing the Biden administration’s recently announced Lead Pipe and Paint Action Plan.

A ‘Polluter Pays’ Tax in Infrastructure Plan Could Jump-Start Languishing Cleanups at Superfund Sites

December 9, 2021 / by

David Hasemyer /

Inside Climate News

Bill Muno, former Superfund Director, EPA Region 5, was quoted in this article discussing how the polluters pay tax incorporated into the infrastructure law will allow work to resume at many languishing Superfund sites.

Top Dem Seeks Probe of Trump EPA’s Handling of Yazoo Pumps

November 4, 2021 / by

Kevin Bogardus /

E&E News

EPN’s letter to EPA regarding the Trump-era reversal of the agency’s 404(c) determination of the  Mississippi Delta’s Yazoo Pump project was quoted in this article.

Read all recent EPN in the News items here