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

Right Now, EPA Should Be Doing More to Clean Up Our Air Not Less

The US EPA is in hyper-speed rollback mode. Whether it’s action on climate, clean air, or clean water – not even a global public health crisis can stop them from rushing forward with proposals or final rules that will harm public health and our environment. Now the EPA is gearing up to leave existing standards

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In Public Health Crisis, Trump Administration Continues Attacks On Public Health Studies

In the midst of our country’s public health crisis, the Trump Administration’s EPA continues to advance a dangerous policy that ignores science and public health studies. While you’re doing your part social-distancing at home, the EPA is making moves that put our long-term public health even further at risk. The EPA has issued a supplemental

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Testifying to Protect Our Voices and the Environment with NEPA

Today I testified on behalf of ELPC before the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) at their second and final public hearing on its rollback of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). ELPC testified in strong opposition to CEQ’s proposed changes to NEPA regulations. The current regulations are thoughtful, well-designed, and provide for the successful implementation of NEPA. They have provided

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Ten rounds with Trump: ELPC’s top federal fights of 2019

Do you care about clean water and clean air? How about protecting our kids from mercury pollution or acting on climate change? I think we’d all want to say everyone cares about all of these things, but unfortunately not the Trump Administration.   That’s why ELPC had a busy 2019 standing up to the Trump Administration and working to fight its continued rollback

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Censoring Science at the EPA Threatens Public Health

The Trump administration is churning through rollbacks of public health protections on an almost daily basis. Whether it is protecting our climate, clean air, or water, this administration has set its sights on undermining sensible standards in favor of polluters. Last week, ELPC joined colleagues from the League of Conservation Voters, the National Parks Conservation

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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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