EPN In Action September-October 2020
Welcome to your EPN in Action Newsletter
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 updated and rereleased a snapshot of the real-life health and environmental impacts of some of the most significant actions taken by the EPA over the past few years.
EPN submitted comments on EPA’s proposed rulemaking for greenhouse gas emissions standards that would apply to certain commercial airplanes.
EPN members testified on final draft risk evaluations of the chemicals 1-bromopropane and methylene chloride.
EPN sent a letter to EPA supporting a petition from six community NGOs requiring testing on 54 different PFAS manufactured by Chemours in Fayetteville, NC.
EPN submitted comments on EPA’s proposed 2020 financial capability assessment for Clean Water Act obligations.
EPN Highlights Estimated Health and Environmental Impacts of Trump’s Rollbacks
EPN’s Work on Air
EPN’s Work on Toxics
EPN’s Work on Water
EPN Member Op-Eds
EPN members penned their own op-eds on water policy and censored science.
October 22, 2020 / by
Arthur Smith /
Art Smith, EPN member and former EPA senior attorney, penned this op-ed concerning the current administration’s rollback of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule and its potential effect on midwest states.
October 21, 2020 / by
Jeff Peterson /
Jeff Peterson, EPN member and former Senior Policy Advisor, EPA Office of Water, published this op-ed regarding the current administration’s recent creation of a “water subcabinet.”
Examples of EPN in the News
In addition to the articles above, EPN members contributed to a range of articles on topics such as Superfund cleanup, the importance of science, climate change, and race-related government training.
October 8, 2020 / by
David Hasmyer and Lise Olsen /
EPN members David Coursen (former lawyer in EPA’s Office of General Counsel), Michael Cox (former Regional Manager for Drinking Water Lead and Copper Rule, Drinking Water Disinfection Byproducts Rule, and Great Lakes Water Quality Initiative), and Dennis McLerran (former Regional Administrator, EPA Region 10), were quoted in this article on the Superfund program under the current administration.
October 5, 2020 / by
Jeff Tollefson /
John Bachmann, EPN member and former Associate Director for Science and Policy and New Programs, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, was quoted in this article concerning the treatment of science under the current administration.
September 19, 2020 / by
Sharon Lerner /
EPN members Dr. Bernard Goldstein, former chair, EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee and EPA Assistant Administrator for Research and Development, and Betsy Southerland, former Director of the Office of Science and Technology in EPA’s Office of Water, were quoted in this article on how the administration’s rollback of environmental regulations exacerbate the consequences of climate change.
September 16, 2020 / by
Kelsey Brugger /
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 on EPA canceling race-related training sessions. Mustafa was quoted in a similar article by E&E News.