Former EPA officials call for ‘reset’

Source: BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico • Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2020

Six former EPA administrators spanning both Democratic and Republican administrations called for a “reset” at the agency Wednesday to steer it in “a new, forward-looking direction” and address issues such as climate change and environmental justice, Alex reports.

The former officials — Lee M. Thomas, William K. Reilly, Carol M. Browner, Christine Todd Whitman, Lisa P. Jackson and Gina McCarthy — issued an open letter that cited a new report from the Environmental Protection Network offering a litany of recommendations to update EPA’s mission. They specifically cited the far-reaching impacts of climate change and environmental injustices that concentrated exposure and risk on low-income communities, communities of color and indigenous people.