Elizabeth Duan

Prior to joining PEER, Elizabeth coordinated events for the nonprofit Women’s Learning Partnership and taught gender studies at Emerson Preparatory School. She has also taught writing at Sidwell Friends School Summer Camp, and organized with New Virginia Majority, Education Reform Now, and Democrats for Education Reform in the Washington, DC area. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied political science and gender, sexuality, and women’s studies.

The EPA is cracking down on PFAS — but not in fertilizer

by Grist | April 19, 2024
In February, five farmers in Johnson County, Texas, sued Synagro, a biosolids management company based in Maryland, and its subsidiary in Texas. Synagro has contracts with more than 1,000 municipal wastewater plants in North America and handles millions of tons of waste every year. The ...

At EPA, staffing crisis clashes with expanded mission

by Grist | February 14, 2023
Tim Whitehouse, the executive director of the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a nonprofit that is campaigning with AFGE in Washington this week, said that in addition to helping the U.S. achieve its climate goals, an expanded workforce would allow the EPA to more ...

Experts to Congress: Restore EPA enforcement staffing and funding for environmental justice

by Grist | July 22, 2022
“The administration is trying to reorient its focus, but it needs the tools to do that,” said Tim Whitehouse, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and a former senior attorney for EPA’s enforcement division. “It needs the enforcement officers, ...

EPA will finally regulate ‘forever chemicals.’ Experts say it’s not enough.

by Grist | October 20, 2021
Some activists lauded the roadmap as a win for environmental justice; PFAS tends to contaminate impoverished neighborhoods and communities of color. Geoff Gisler, a senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center, said in a statement that the roadmap could help “change the ...

Inside Biden’s uphill battle to restore the EPA after Trump

by Grist | March 1, 2021
“Laws are only as good as their enforcement. During his four years in office, former President Donald Trump’s appointees to the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, decimated the agency’s ability to catch and penalize polluters breaking environmental rules. As a result of ...
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