Recent News Stories

The East Palestine Disaster Was a Direct Result of the Country’s Reliance on Fossil Fuels and Plastic. Boston Globe, February23, 2023

Environmentalists Fear a Massive New Plastics Plant Near Pittsburgh Will Worsen Pollution and Stimulate Fracking, Inside Climate News, October 16, 2022

New York Banned Plastic Bags Two Years Ago. Why Are They Still Everywhere?, NY Focus, Oct. 12, 2022

California Passed a Landmark Law About Plastic Pollution. Why Are Some Environmentalists Still Concerned?, Inside Climate News, Oct. 12, 2022

Neighbors hope state’s suit forces changes at Norlite plant, Spectrum, Oct. 12, 2022

The Race to Stop a Plastics Plant Scores a Crucial Win, Scientific American, Sept. 23, 2022

Bloomberg Takes on the Plastic Industry, E and E News, Sept. 21, 2022

To reduce plastic waste, make producers responsible for it (Guest Opinion by Judith Enck), Sept. 1, 2022

Beyond Plastics: Shifting The Waste Reduction Burden From Consumers To Producers, Forbes, June 27, 2022

Plastic Recycling Doesn’t Work and Will Never Work, Atlantic, May 30, 2022

U.S. plastics recycling rate slumps below 6 percent, analysis finds. Washington Post, May 4, 2022

Trash or Recycling? Why Plastic Keeps Us Guessing. NY Times, April 21, 2022

EPA finalizes its first national recycling strategy, Washington Post, Nov. 15, 2021

Plastic Is the New Coal, Says New Report, Sierra Club, Nov. 7, 2021

Plastic’s GHG emissions could outpace those from coal by 2030: report, Waste Dive, Oct. 25, 2021

Biden schools Trump on environmental justice during debate, Grist October 23, 2020

Burning ‘forever chemicals’ emerges as industry flash point, Waste Dive, October 19, 2020


State to test soil, water for PFAS around Norlite incinerator, Times Union, October 1, 2020

Investigating the burning of PFAS chemicals in Cohoes, CBS Albany, September 10, 2020

EPA Shuts Down Rahway Incinerator Test.  NY Spotlight News, August 27, 2020

EPA Cancels Study To Incinerate PFAS Waste Near N.J. Fenceline Community, EWG August 26, 2020

Firefighting Foam Burn Ban Heads to Cuomo’s Desk. Spectrum News, June 10, 2020

OpED: Congress: Tell the Pentagon to halt incineration of toxic forever chemicals, The Hill, June 8, 2020

OpED: No, the Pandemic Isn’t an Excuse to Go Back to Single-Use Plastics, Newsweek, April 22, 2020

Churchill: Dump Doesn’t Belong Next to a School, Times Union, February 1, 2020

Bag the Loopholes, Say NY Environmentalists, Times Union, January 31, 2020

2020 could be the year of legislative boom – or bust – for national recycling policy, WaateDive, January 29, 2020

N.Y. plastic grocery bag ban starts March 1, some fear confusion, loopholes, Times Union, January 27, 2020

Booming Plastics Industry Faces Backlash as Data About Environmental Harm Grows, Inside Climate News, January 24, 2020

A Surge of New Plastic is about to Hit the Planet, Wired / Yale, January 20, 2020

Wasted Potential: The fiscal hazards facing New York City’s recycling program, Politico, January 9, 2020

Backlog of Superfund clean-ups Grows Under Trump, AP, Jan. 2, 2020

Puerto Rico’s Next Big Crisis is Water, HuffPost, Nov. 23, 2019

The Worlld’s Recycling Crisis is Wrapped in Plastic, Quartz, Nov. 4, 2019

We Can’t Solve the Plastic Crisis with Other Disposables, Truthout, October 21, 2019

Toxic PCBs Linger in Schools; EPA, Lawmakers Fail to Act, AP The Advocate (also Washington Post etc.) October 16, 2019

Former feds claim runoff is wiping out Great Lakes, The Blade, October 14, 2019

State Orders Upgrade at Rensselaer’s Dunn Construction Landfill, Times Union, October 10, 2019

Federal “Save our Seas” Bill Spurs Debate over Plastic Recycling, WasteDive, October 2, 2019

EPA Accuses California of Significant Air and Water Problems, NY Times, September 26, 2019

Tainted Water, Ignored Warnings, and a Boss with a Criminal Past, NY Times, August 24, 2019

Group led by Judith Enck Focuses on Plastic Pollution, Glen Falls Pot Star, July 25, 2019

Murphy administration throws down the gauntlet against serial polluters., editorial, April 1, 2019

Judge Restores Obama-Era Drilling Ban in Arctic, Associated Press, March 30, 2019

Coeymans gets Bethlehem, New Scotland support on clean air law, Times Union,  March 27, 2019

Cement Plant Waste burning Letter Uncovered, Times Union, March 19, 2019

Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Drinking Water Leave Military Families Reeling, NY Times, Feb. 22, 2019

Bennington College to host initiative to combat single-use plastics. Bennington Banner, Nov. 19, 2018

Trump administration ‘worst ever’ on environment, former NY EPA official says,,  May 19, 2018

New Yorkers Rally Against Off Shore Drilling Plan,   Seattle Times, February 16, 2018

Former EPA Administrator Wants more Dredging, Glens Falls Post Star, February 1, 2018

Puerto Rico Oversight Board Consides $860 Million WTE Project, Waste Dive, January 11, 2018

PFOA Healty Survey is Extended, Bennington Banner. Jan. 5, 2018

Opponents Cheer Demise of Cement Kiln Garbage, Times Union, 12/28/2017

Environmentalists Oppose Garbage Burn Proposal, WAMC, 12/28/2107

700+ Employees Have Left the EPA Under Trump: Loss of Scientists, Staffers Undermines Agency’s Purpose

Environmental oversight to decline sharply in NY, PA with gutting of EPA, officials say, Gannett, December 16, 2017

Proposed Solid Waste Plan could mean Connecticut Waste Comes to Ravena, WTEN, Dec. 15, 2017

More than 700 Employees have Left the EPA since Scott Pruitt Took Over, Think Progress Dec. 14, 2017

Warming Trends Affecting State, Lockport Union-Star and Journal, December 1, 2017

Puerto Rican Crisis Ongoing Months after Hurricane Maria, Malyasian Digest, Nov. 30, 2017

Senate Gives Warm Reception to Bill that would Ban Burning of Storm Debris, St. Thomas Source, Nov. 30, 2017

Bernie Sanders Unveils Massive Puerto Rican Reconstruction Bill, Huffington Post, Nov. 29, 2017

We cannot weaken the EPA as hurricanes are growing worse
, by Judith Enck, The Hill, Oct 27, 2017

The Bad Decision That Will Haunt Puerto Rico For Decades, by Judith Enck and Ramon Cruz, Buzz Feed News, Oct. 27, 2017

Can This Republican Restore Integrity to Scott Pruitt’s EPA?, New Republic, October 20, 2017

Mapp Appoints Panel to Help Guide Hurricane Recovery, St. Thomas Source, Oct. 17, 2017.

Raw sewage contaminating waters in Puerto Rico after Maria, Seattle Times, Oct. 16, 2017, AP News

Former EPA Official, Long-time Activist, Judith Enck helping Virgin Islands Recover. Albany Times Union, Oct. 7, 2017

After Two Hurricanes, The US Virgin Islands Are Overwhelmed By Mountains Of Trash, BuzzFeed, October 4, 2017

Renewable Energy Investors See Opportunity in Puerto Rico’s Demolished Grid. NY Times, September 30, 2017

Fomer Regional EPA Director Fears Impact of Trump, Daily Gazette, Sept. 27, 2017

‘People Are Dying’: Puerto Rico Faces Daunting Humanitarian Crisis, Inside Climate News, Sept. 27, 2017

Puerto Rico’s Grid Needs a Complete Overhaul, CityLab, September 25, 2017

Landfill Mess in Puerto Rico Made Worse by Hurricanes, Buzz Feed News, September 24, 2017

Devastated Puerto Rico Tests Fairness of Response to Climate Disasters, Inside Climate News, September 23, 2017

Even Before Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico Was in Environmental Despair, Mother Jones, Sept. 20, 2017

EPA Cuts Could be Disastrous for Hurricane Recovery: Miami New Times, Sept. 7, 2017

Hauling Away Harvey Debris   NY Times Sept. , Sept. 6, 2017

New Survey to Identify PFOA Problems, Spectrum TV, Aug. 29, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Also Major Pollution Disaster, New Republic, Aug. 25, 2017

NPR: Climate leakers should be Thanked

Science, New York Times

Albany Times Union Column

Albany Times Union Article

Climate Change Rally in Albany

Enck Departs EPA

Hoosick Falls

Hoosick Falls Bad Settlement

New York Times, EPA


Former EPA official talks Supreme Court ruling, cryptocurrency mining, Spectrum, July 5, 2022

NYS DEC, DOH To Hold Public Meeting Wednesday On Norlite’s Operations In Cohoes WAMC NPR October 20, 2020

State, advocates seek public’s help to enforce plastic bag ban, NPR WXXI, October 19, 2020

Testimony to Congress on Plastics, July 7, 2020

Step one, Again, For Banning Plastics in New Jersey, NJ NPR, January 31, 2020

Environmental Activists Continue To Protest Proposed Tire Burning In Coeymans, WAMC, Jan. 2, 2020

Ethane Crackers Spark Pollution Concerns, Living on Earth, PRI, October 25, 2019

Judith Enck on Plastics, Capitol Pressroom, Sept. 30, 2019

Covering Climate Now, Plastic Challenge, Brian Lehrer Show WNYC, September 20, 2019

Exposing the Myth of Plastic Recycling, WBUR, September 20, 2019

Judith Enck on Plastics, Capitol Pressroom, September 17, 2019

Judith Enck on Plastics, WOOC, August 30, 2019

The Bag Ban and Beyond with Judith Enck, NCPR, July 29, 2019

Heaney Interviews Judith Enck, Investigative Report, June 9, 2018

Interview re Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, WOOC Troy Oct. 17, 2017

Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter, September 5, 2017

Video speaking at Unitarian Church in Albany on Sept. 29 on Trump Assault on the Environment

WAMC Commentary

The Harvey Weinstein Effect, November 15, 2017

Hurricanes and Climate Change, September 19, 2017

The Hoosick Falls Story   July 18, 2017

Climate Change Commentary

Trump Assault on the Environment