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Regan vows concrete steps to confront EJ problems

by E&E News Greenwire | January 26, 2022
Asked why the agency hadn’t pursued such inspections before, Regan said the metrics in place to measure unannounced inspections weren’t at satisfactory levels. He added that the pandemic “created a pause in terms of inspection levels.” But those things have been resolved and a plan ...

Survey: Burnout, morale hamper EPA chemicals office

by E&E News Greenwire | January 19, 2022
Among the staff positions needed within the office are biologists, chemists and toxicologists, EPA said, as well as chemical engineers, physical scientists and microbiologists. Those roles are all key for shaping work carried out under TSCA, including critical risk assessments meant to ...

White House plan aims to protect science from politics

by E&E News Greenwire | January 12, 2022
Kyla Bennett, a national director for the group Public Employees for Environmental Protection, has been critical of EPA’s handling of longstanding problems in its chemical office (Greenwire, Dec. 23, 2021). She applauded the report’s mention of minimizing conflicts of interest and ...

Biden admin advances key toxic chemicals decisions

by E&E News Greenwire | January 3, 2022
The end of the year is typically a busy time for EPA, but last week’s announcements mark deliverables for an agency that is facing steep hurdles in its chemicals office. Members of the watchdog organization Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility have been pushing for ...

Watchdog holds ‘effectively impossible’ job at EPA, Pentagon

by E&E News Greenwire | December 9, 2021
Kyla Bennett, director of science policy for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, said about EPA and Defense, “They are consistently butting heads.” “It is going to cost billions of dollars for the Department of Defense to clean up the communities around ...