Over the past two months EPN members submitted two sets of formal comments, released a brief analysis on EPA’s final FY 2019 appropriation, provided testimony and a white paper on a proposed rule-making, and continued to be a trusted source of information to reporters including during the partial government shutdown.
Highlights of this update:
- EPN submitted comments on the TSCA risk evaluation of Pigment Violet 29, the first evaluation done under the Administration’s new system.
- EPN created a fact sheet on the implications of the 2019 Appropriations Act on EPA and our members continue to answer media and congressional inquiries about this issue and the partial government shutdown.
- EPN released a white paper and provided testimony on the implications of the new Waters of the United States (WOTUS) definition.
- EPN submitted comments on the draft toxicity assessments of GenX chemicals and PFBS.
- EPN members were featured in dozens of media outlets and authored numerous op-eds. EPN continues to provide rich background to multiple reporters, often uncredited.
EPN Marks Two Years of Environmental Advocacy Work!
EPN’s work on Pigment Violet 29, the Government Shutdown and FY19 Appropriations
TSCA and the Government Shutdown in the News
Trump’s EPA Is Undermining New Law to Regulate Chemicals
Jan 5, 2019 / by
Daniel Ross /
Bob Sussman, EPN member, former EPA Deputy Administrator and Senior Policy Counsel to Administrator, is quoted in this article on concerns about the current EPA’s modifications to the way it evaluates and regulates chemicals under The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
Federal Work at Superfund Sites Suspended During Shutdown
Jan 11, 2019 / by
Ellen Knickmeyer and Kim Chandler /
Bonnie Bellow, EPN member and former EPA Director, Public Affairs Division, Region 2, is quoted in this article on suspended federal cleanups at Superfund sites around the nation and forced cancellations of public hearings due to the partial government shutdown.
You can read more government shutdown articles featuring EPN members here.
EPN’s work on WOTUS
WOTUS In The News
Officials Mull Possible Changes in the Way Pollutants in Our Water Supply Are Regulated
Feb 28, 2019 / by
Shannon O'Brien /
Fox 4 Kansas City
Mark Hague, EPN Board Member and former EPA Regional Administrator and Deputy Regional Administrator in Region 7, is quoted in this article about the two days of hearings held by EPA and the Army in Kansas City on the proposed new definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS).
Critics Slam WOTUS Economics: ‘In theory, pigs could fly’
Jan 21, 2019 / by
Ariel Wittenberg /
Betsy Southerland, EPN member and former EPA Director, Office of Science & Technology in the Office of Water, is quoted in this E&E article about environmental experts who say closing the gap between current federal waterway protections and the administration’s proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule will be all but impossible given state laws limiting environmental regulations or imposing budgetary restrictions.
EPN’s work on PFAS
PFAS in the News
Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Drinking Water Leave Military Families Reeling
Feb 22, 2019 / by
Julie Turkewitz /
The New York Times
EPN member Judith Enck, former EPA Regional Administrator for Region 2, is quoted in this article about the Defense Department’s admission that it allowed a firefighting foam to slip into at least 55 drinking water systems at military bases around the globe, exposing tens of thousands of Americans to PFAS chemicals.
U.S. Unveils Plan to Control Some Toxins in Drinking Water, Sets No Limits
Feb 14 2019 / by
Valerie Volcovici /
Betsy Southerland, EPN member and former EPA Director, Office of Science & Technology in the Office of Water, is quoted in this article on the EPA’s proposed PFAS management plan, which did not provided a maximum contaminant level, a legal limit allowed in drinking water under the Safe Drinking Water Act, for the chemicals. Betsy was also quoted in similar articles in The Intelligencer, Earther and The Guardian.
Industry, EPA Alumni Find Flaws in EPA Fluorochemical Reviews
Jan 23, 2019 / by
Sylvia Carignan /
EPN’s PFAS comments are referenced in this article on EPA’s reports on the health hazards of chemicals GenX and perfluorobutane sulfonic acid (PFBS), which many groups say came too late, weren’t done correctly, and fail to address the chemicals’ presence in drinking water across the country.
EPN Member Op-Eds
EPN members penned their own op-eds on the effects of regulatory rollbacks on health, climate change and enforcement. You can read more op-eds by our members here.
It’s Official: Trump’s Policies Deter EPA Staff from Enforcing the Law
Feb 16, 2019 / by
Joel Mintz /
EPN member Joel Mintz, former EPA Enforcement and Supervisory Attorney, wrote this op-ed about the dismal decline in EPA enforcement under the Trump Administration.
Use Tariffs to Fight a Real Emergency: Climate Change
Feb 7, 2019 / by
Dan Reich /
EPN member Dan Reich, former EPA Assistant Regional Counsel, Region 9, wrote this op-ed about using tariffs to address the real and present danger of climate change.
The Trump Administration Is Jeopardizing Public Health
Jan 28, 2019 / by
Betsy Southerland and Jacob Carter /
Betsy Southerland, EPN member and former EPA Director, Office of Science & Technology in the Office of Water, co-wrote an op-ed about the administration’s long list of regulatory rollbacks that put public health in jeopardy.
More examples of EPN In The News
In addition to the news articles above, EPN members contributed to a range of articles on topics such as enforcement, MATS, car negotiations with California, climate, and science
Trump administration talks with California over fuel efficiency break down
Feb 21, 2019 / by
Steven Mufson and Brady Dennis /
The Washington Post
EPN member Margo Oge, former EPA Director, Office of Radiation and Indoor Air, and Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality, is quoted in this article about negotiations between California and the White House ending as the Trump Administration prepares to move forward with their rollback on vehicle fuel-efficiency standards.
Polluters Are Paying Much Lower Fines Under Trump, EPA Says
Feb 8, 2019 / by
Anna M. Phillips /
Los Angeles Times
EPN members Dave Coursen, former EPA Office of General Counsel, and Cynthia Giles, former EPA Assistant Administrator, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, are quoted in this article about an 80% drop in some penalties levied against polluters, signaling that the EPA has become a less aggressive watchdog:. The piece also ran in Press of Atlantic City, among other outlets.
EPA Model for Measuring Rule Benefits May Inspire Other Agencies
Jan 22, 2019 / by
Stephen Lee /
Janet McCabe, EPN member and Advisor and former EPA Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, is quoted in this article, which discusses how limiting the positives of a rule by discounting its “co-benefits,” as the EPA proposed last month with its mercury emissions regulation, allows agencies to tweak their regulations in ways that are friendlier to those covered by them.