EPN In Action November-December 2023

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  • EPN submitted comments on EPA’s Procedures for Chemical Risk Evaluation Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

  • EPN also submitted comments on EPA’s Proposal to Regulate Trichloroethylene Under TSCA.

  • EPN sent a letter to EPA requesting an extension for Near-Term Strategies for the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP), which was later granted.

  • EPN submitted comments on EPA’s CWA Section 402 NPDES Permitting Guidance.

  • EPN also submitted comments on EPA’s Revisions to the Air Emissions Reporting Requirements (AERR).

EPN 2023 Highlights

  • What a year! Thank you to our staff and volunteers for their incredible efforts towards building the capacity of environmental agencies and the communities they serve!

  • EPN submitted over 30 sets of formal comments and letters.

  • EPN responded to almost 400 requests for technical assistance, connected over 100 unique volunteers to communities, and assisted communities in accessing over $7.5 million in federal funding.

  • EPN produced 12 roundtable/mentoring events and connected almost 70 mentors to prospective EPA applicants.

  • EPN volunteers were quoted in over 150 news stories and we continued to produce timely and insightful op-eds.

EPN’s Work on Chemicals

EPN Comments on Risk Evaluation Under TSCA

On December 14, 2023, EPN submitted comments on EPA’s proposed rule “Procedures for Chemical Risk Evaluation Under TSCA.” We expressed some concerns and offered various suggestions to try to better clarify the risk evaluation process.

EPN Comments on TCE Regulation Under TSCA

On December 12, 2023, EPN submitted comments on EPA’s trichloroethylene (TCE) regulation under the Toxic Substances Control Act. We commended EPA’s proposal to ban all uses of TCE in commerce and offered suggestions regarding public access to information.

Chemicals in the News

EPA Goes After Plastics With Chemicals Plan

December 14, 2023 / by

Ellie Borst /

Politico Pro

Judith Enck, former Regional Administrator for EPA Region 2, was quoted in Politico Pro about the five chemicals recently prioritized for risk evaluation by EPA, which are all commonly used in the production of plastics.

Despite Deadline Pressure, Maine Lawmakers Urged to Press Ahead on PFAS Disclosure Requirements

November 15, 2023 / by

Kevin Miller /

Bangor Daily News

Linda Birnbaum, former Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health and the National Toxicology Program, was quoted in the Bangor Daily News about the approaching 2025 deadline to report and regulate PFAS in Maine, despite manufacturers in the state saying they will not be prepared in time.

EPN’s Work on Water and Air

EPN Comments on CWA Section 402 NPDES Permitting Guidance

On December 21, 2023, EPN submitted comments on EPA’s draft guidance to implement the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund. We support the proposed guidance, which will help states better understand the necessary analysis needed to show CWA regulation of discharges through groundwater.

Water and Air in the News

Getting the Lead Out of the Water Supply: How One Health Expert Crunched the Numbers and Prodded the EPA

December 6, 2023 / by

Annalisa Merelli /


Ronnie Levin, former EPA Senior Scientist, was quoted in STAT News about her cost-benefit analysis of the 2022 Lead and Copper Rule, completed with colleague Joel Schwartz. They found that the 2022 rule significantly underestimated the benefits of lead line replacement and were cited in EPA’s recently released Lead and Copper Rule.

The Republicans’ Surprising Hero on EPA Soot Rule: Obama

December 5, 2023 / by

Kelsey Brugger and Sean Reilly /

E&E News

John Bachmann, former Associate Director for Science/Policy and New Programs, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, was quoted in E&E News about Obama-era soot standards and how Biden’s EPA should do more to lower the current standards.

‘Game Changer’: EPA Rule Would Force Removal of America’s Lead Pipes

November 30, 2023 / by

Ariel Wittenberg /

Politico Pro

Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was quoted in Politico Pro about EPA’s proposed rule to remove all lead pipes in the next 10 years.

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 coal power plant pollution, drinking water regulations, and the House of Representative’s anti-EPA agenda.

Coal Power Plant Pollution Linked to Deaths in the USA

December 20, 2023 / by

Bryant Furlow /

The Lancet

John Bachmann, former Associate Director for Science Policy and New Programs at the EPA Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in The Lancet about a recent study linking health costs to coal power plant emissions and the benefits of reducing pollution.

CR’s Guide to Better, Safer Drinking Water

December 7, 2023 / by

Lauren Kirchner and Keith Flamer /

Consumer Reports

Ronnie Levin, former EPA Senior Scientist, was quoted in Consumer Reports about the strides in regulating drinking water, but how there is still much-needed regulation to provide protection from contaminants.

New Speaker, Same Shenanigans

November 3, 2023 / by

James Bikales /

Politico Pro Morning Energy

Michelle Roos was quoted in this article about new House leadership’s anti-EPA agenda and the negative impacts it would have on the environment and human health.

Read all recent EPN in the News items here.