EPN In Action September-October 2022
Welcome to your EPN In Action newsletter
EPN participated in the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s “Justice40 and Technical Assistance Providers” webinar, where we and other technical assistance providers shared information about some of our capacity-building pro bono resources and communities with environmental justice concerns shared their experiences with technical assistance providers.
EPN sent a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan recommending immediate action be taken to increase public confidence in EPA, as efforts have been made to compromise the quality of scientific information used in regulatory decision-making.
EPN submitted comments on the 2022 Bristol Bay Proposed Determination, concurring with EPA Region 10’s conclusion that the proposed mine operation would have unacceptable adverse effects on the anadromous fisheries and other natural resources in the watershed.
EPN is pleased to welcome Mitchelle Mukeli and Jamie Zwaschka, our two new Community Outreach Associates, who will be focused on our pro bono technical assistance program. We now have five Outreach Associates across the country, one for every two EPA regions.
EPN members provided pro bono technical assistance to low-income communities and communities of color over 30 times in the last two months, for a total of over 130 communities in the last year.
EPN and the EPA Alumni Association conducted virtual EPA recruitment events at Cal Poly Humboldt, Arkansas Baptist College, and North Carolina Central University, all historically Black higher-education institutions.
EPN members were featured in dozens of media outlets and authored several op-eds. EPN continues to provide in-depth, insightful background information to numerous reporters, congressional staffers, and nonprofit organizations.
EPN’s Work on Science
Science in the News
September 26, 2022 / by
Stuart Parker /
John Bachmann, former Associate Director for Science/Policy and New Programs, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, was quoted and EPN was mentioned in this article regarding EPA’s reconsideration of the national ambient air quality standards for particulate matter following the Clean Air Science Advisory Committee’s review of the latest policy and science in the field.
EPN’s Work on Water
Water in the News
October 19, 2022 / by
Hannah Northey and Kevin Bogardus /
Mark Ryan, former Assistant Regional Council, EPA Region 10, was quoted and Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, and EPN were mentioned in this article about EPA’s proposed revised definition of waters of the U.S., currently in the final rulemaking stage at the Office of Management and Budget.
September 29, 2022 / by
Lara Beaven /
Stan Meiburg, former EPA Acting Deputy Administrator and former Regional Administrator, EPA Regions 4 and 6, was quoted in this article about the likelihood that the Supreme Court will use the “major questions” doctrine in its Sackett vs. EPA decision and the impact the doctrine will have on future rulemakings and legislation.
September 1, 2022 / by
Kyra Phillips /
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, was interviewed in this news segment discussing the water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi, and the role environmental racism has played in preventing improvements to the city’s infrastructure. Mustafa also discussed the crisis in an interview with CBS News.
EPN Member Op-Eds
EPN members penned their own op-eds on the FY2023 budget, permitting reform, and declaring a climate emergency.
October 2, 2022 / by
David Coursen /
Dave Coursen, former Attorney, EPA Office of General Counsel, penned this op-ed discussing how a robust budget appropriation, not a continuing resolution, is needed for EPA to fulfill its existing responsibilities and confront new challenges.
September 30, 2022 / by
Jeremy Symons /
Jeremy Symons, EPN consultant and former Climate Policy Advisor, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, wrote this op-ed describing a unified Democratic permitting agenda that would help expedite renewable energy infrastructure projects forward and move us past Senator Joe Manchin’s failed permitting reform plan.
September 28, 2022 / by
Mustafa Santiago Ali /
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, penned this op-ed urging President Biden to declare a national climate emergency, which would give his administration further abilities to address climate-fueled impacts on vulnerable populations and allow federal agencies to move ahead with climate resiliency initiatives.
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 regulating power pants, heavy-duty vehicle emissions, PFAS, and TSCA.
October 24, 2022 / by
Sean Reilly and Kevin Bogardus /
Bob Perciasepe, former EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article discussing the Biden administration’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas and hazardous air pollutant emissions from coal-fired power plants.
October 18, 2022 / by
Anna Phillips /
The Washington Post
Margo Oge, former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, was quoted in this article discussing how the pushback from truck companies and their lobbyists against stricter air emission standards is at odds with the companies’ public assurances to transition to zero-emissions vehicles.
October 12, 2022 / by
E.A. Crunden /
Linda Birnbaum, former Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology Program, was quoted in this article regarding a recent study she co-authored that found 57,412 presumptive PFAS-contaminated sites, which included industrial facilities, wastewater treatment plants, and current and former military sites in the U.S.
October 4, 2022 / by
Suzanne Yohannan /
Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was quoted and EPN was mentioned in this article describing severe shortcomings of the World Health Organization’s draft drinking water guidelines for PFOA and PFOS.
September 23, 2022 / by
Maria Hegstad /
Bob Sussman, former Senior Policy Counsel to the EPA Administrator and former EPA Deputy Administrator, was quoted in this article discussing industry pushback on the process by which EPA issues chemical testing orders under revised TSCA Section 4.
September 6, 2022 / by
Maria Hegstad /
Tracey Woodruff, Director, University of California, San Francisco Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment and former policy advisor, EPA Office of Policy, was quoted in this article regarding her recently-published work that suggests the TSCA prioritization process used at EPA does not identify all existing chemicals that are high priority for exposure and risks for vulnerable populations such as children and pregnant women.