Author Profile: Ann Mesnikoff

Ann Mesnikoff is ELPC’s Federal Legislative Director working in Washington, D.C. with the Midwest Congressional Delegation and national coalitions to advance supportive clean energy, clean water and clean air, and transportation reform policies.

Blog Posts by Ann Mesnikoff

Standing up for the Great Lakes at EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standard hearing

If there is one thing that should bring Americans together it should be protecting our children. That’s why the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS) has such broad public support. Mercury is a dangerous neurotoxin that can cause lasting brain damage on infants, and the majority comes from coal plants. When MATS was enacted

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Trump Administration’s New Clean Car Proposal is Like Putting Lipstick on a Pig

The Trump administration’s rollback of Clean Car Standards is officially out for public comment. The administration’s preference for stalling standards is a shameful effort to undermine the biggest single step the U.S. can take to curb climate pollution and make new cars and trucks go further on a gallon of gas. Calling this the “The

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Fighting Back against the EPA

It’s no secret that the Trump administration is hostile to protecting our air, our water, the climate and, it seems, even ensuring we collect revenues from oil and gas extracted from public lands rather than wasting resources. But April ended with a bang when it comes to the administration rolling back important protections for public

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EPA Poised to Slam on Brakes when it Comes to Clean Car Standards

by Ann Mesnikoff Does keeping 6 billion metric tons of dangerous carbon pollution out of the atmosphere while saving up to $122 billion at the pump sound good to you? If you answered yes then you are in the 70% majority of voters who want the EPA to leave current clean car standards in place!

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EPA Should Keep Super Dirty Diesels Off the Road

By Ann Mesnikoff Most everyone would agree that letting super dirty diesel trucks with old engines inside new truck bodies belch out dramatic amounts of pollution that causes smog is a bad idea – that’s everyone except for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headed up by Administrator Scott Pruitt. The EPA proposed to repeal

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A Smart Infrastructure Plan Wouldn’t Gut NEPA Environmental Reviews

Not every idea is a good idea. That’s why we brainstorm, assess options, consider other opinions, come up with ways to improve the idea, maybe even decide the idea wasn’t all that good and shouldn’t be pursued. When it comes to BIG ideas – like building a new highway or bridge that involves federal spending

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Celebrating Clean Car Standards’ Five-year Anniversary: Don’t Mess with Success

by Ann Mesnikoff Five years ago this month, the Obama administration’s Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency, along with California, issued national Clean Car Standards. These standards were meant to ensure that new cars, minivans and pickups sold between 2017 and 2025 would use less gasoline to travel a mile and emit less climate

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EPA Gets Earful about delaying Critical Public Health & Environmental Rules

by Ann Mesnikoff  Twice in July, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency heard from a variety of voices from across the nation saying, “Stop letting polluters off the hook when it comes to protecting clean air and clean water — both are fundamental to our health and well-being!” Here’s an update on the action in the

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