EPN In Action September-October 2023
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EPN sent a letter to the EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, urging the agency to complete its assessment of whether the fluorination of plastic containers by Inhance Technologies poses an unreasonable risk to human health and the environment.
EPN also submitted comments on EPA’s draft revised 1,4-dioxane risk evaluation and draft unreasonable risk determination Chapter 6.
EPN submitted comments on EPA’s proposed rule: Clean Water Act Section 404 Tribal and state program regulation.
EPN also submitted comments on the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) Phase 2 draft of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations.
EPN submitted comments on the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) proposed guidance for assessing changes in environmental and ecosystem services in benefit-cost analysis.
EPN volunteers provided pro bono technical assistance to low-income communities and communities of color over 40 times in the last two months, for a total of more than 450 requests for technical assistance.
EPN also helped 6 community-based organizations successfully apply for and obtain over $2.5 million in Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem Solving Cooperative Agreements and 2 under-resourced government agencies obtain $2 million in Environmental Justice Government to Government funding.
EPN created a suggested 6-step application guide for the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund’s Solar for All opportunity, which included a checklist with suggested timeline, project narrative template, and sample project narrative. In addition, volunteers and staff assisted numerous organizations with one-on-one assistance and application review. We received some very positive feedback about this work, including, “It was a tremendous benefit to our team to have the careful eyes of EPN experts reviewing our application. This gave our team much more confidence in our proposal and undoubtedly increased our likelihood of success.”
EPN’s Work on Chemicals
Chemicals in the News
October 25, 2023 / by
Sarah Mattalian /
EPN was mentioned in an article by Inside EPA after sending a letter to the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention’s Assistant Administrator, Michal Freedhoff, to encourage the use of TSCA to force Inhance Technologies to stop its production of fluorinated plastics.
September 22, 2023 / by
EHN Staff /
Environmental Health News
Linda Birnbaum, former Director of the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology Program, was quoted in this article about the need for a federal ban on Per-and-Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in food packaging to ensure nationwide protections for consumers.
September 3, 2023 / by
Sarah Pilla /
Spectrum News 1
Betsy Southerland, former Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA Office of Water, was interviewed in this news segment discussing how budget cuts proposed by House Republicans for FY 2024 would severely limit EPA’s ability to address PFAS contamination in many drinking water systems.
EPN’s Work on Water
Water in the News
October 28, 2023 / by
Michael Phillis and Mike Stobbe /
Ronnie Levin, former Senior Scientist, Risk Assessor, Lead Inspector, Enforcement Office, EPA Region 1, and Joe Cotruvo, a former director of the Drinking Water Standards Division at EPA, were quoted in this article on the history of EPA’s lead standards and how a new proposal to strengthen them will aid in providing safe drinking water across the country.
September 12, 2023 / by
Tal Kopan /
The Boston Globe
Ronnie Levin, former Senior Scientist, EPA Region 1, was quoted in this article regarding federal funds allocated to states for lead service line replacement and how water utilities’ poor tracking of lead service lines has led to funding decreases.
September 7, 2023 / by
Garret Ellison /
Elin Betanzo, former National Tribal Drinking Water Coordinator, EPA Office of Water, was quoted in this article discussing EPA’s response to the 2018 lead in drinking water crisis in Benton Harbor, Michigan, following a recent Office of Inspector General report that the agency did not sufficiently escalate the public health issue.
EPN’s Work on Environmental Policy
Environmental Policy in the News
October 10, 2023 / by
Ramenda Cyrus /
The American Prospect
Michelle Roos was quoted in The American Prospect in an article about Biden’s investment in disadvantaged communities through EPA’s Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers (TCTACs), and how EPN has set an example for technical assistance as TCTACs launch across the country.
September 26, 2023 / by
Kevin Bogardus and Robin Bravender /
Stan Meiburg, former EPA Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 4 and Region 6, was quoted in an article discussing the impacts a potential government shutdown would have on climate funding from the Inflation Reduction Act.
EPN Member Op-Eds
EPN members penned their own op-eds on the proposed Clean Power Plan and new car emission standards.
September 26, 2023 / by
Michael H. Levin /
Michael Levin, former Director of Regulatory Reform, EPA Office of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation, penned this op-ed outlining how EPA’s proposed climate pollution plan for power plants may benefit anaerobic digester facilities.
September 5, 2023 / by
Margo T. Oge /
Margo Oge, former Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, penned this op-ed countering the two most common misinformation attacks the regulated community makes on EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas vehicle emissions standards.
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 climate change and chemical pollution.
October 25, 2023 / by
Hannah Grover /
NM Political Report
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 quoted in NM Political Report discussing a recent climate change report released by American Academy of Arts & Sciences’ Commissioner on Accelerating Climate Action.
October 20, 2023 / by
Elise Reuter /
Tracey Woodruff, former EPA Senior Scientist and Policy Advisor in the Office of Policy, was quoted in a Med Tech Dive article discussing EPA’s proposed rulings on ethylene oxide emissions and PFAS and their health effects.
September 22, 2023 / by
Bill McKibben /
The New Yorker
Jeremy Symons, EPN Senior Advisor and former Climate Policy Advisor, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, was quoted in this article discussing how the U.S.’s progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions is being quickly erased by its export of liquefied natural gas and other fossil fuels.