Judith Enck

Judith Enck: Adirondacks

Apr 18, 2017

Environmental conditions in the Adirondacks and Catskills have improved because of strong national environmental protection policies.  Those improvements are now at risk if President Trump’s proposed budget, coupled with his anti- science policies, are put in place.

Judith Enck: Assault On Our Environment

Feb 23, 2017

It is hard to overstate the seriousness of the Trump Administration’s assault on environmental protection. 

On November 5, 2009, Judith Enck was appointed Regional Administrator of Region 2 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by President Barack Obama. After 7-years – she will be leaving that post on Friday.

As Regional Administrator, Judith's responsibilities were wide-ranging. In cooperation with state and regional authorities in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight federally recognized Indian Nations.

She was responsible for managing a staff of about 900 and overseeing an annual budget of approximately $700 million. Before she leaves the office – she joins us this morning for her exit interview about what she accomplished and what the future holds. 

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At Tuesday's state Senate hearing on the water contamination in Hoosick Falls, the federal EPA came in for criticism from some state officials who blamed the agency for failing to lead, and from some lawmakers who said they were disappointed the EPA did not send a representative to the hearing. For a response, WAMC News spoke Wednesday with District 2 Regional Administrator for the EPA, Judith Enck.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith Enck made a few stops in the Capital Region this week.

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On a sunny Thursday, EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck made a stop at Indian Ladder Farms beside the Helderberg hills in Altamont, New York.

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Residents in Albany’s South End heard from top environmental officials Wednesday, the same day nearby Global Partners was criticized for air pollution. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas attended the meeting at the Ezra Prentice Homes.

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  Federal, state and local government officials were in Albany's South End Wednesday night where they met with residents to talk about health risks and other issues associated with oil trains. 


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The presence of the chemical compound PFOA in the village water supply has residents of one community on edge.

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It could be months before some 5,000 people in a small town to the east of Albany can use the municipal water supply. The EPA recently urged people in Hoosick Falls in Rensselaer County not to drink or cook with the water. In addition, children and people with skin conditions should avoid long showers or baths. EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck says the water in Hoosick Falls has been contaminated with the chemical PFOA.

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EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck was in Saratoga Springs this week, where she was the keynote speaker at the New York State Children's Environmental Health Summit.

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The Environmental Protection Agency has announced new regulations covering the use of pesticides by employees at farms, nurseries, greenhouses and in forests. Officials say the new standards will protect the nation's 2 million farm workers and their families from exposure to pesticides each year, exposures that can lead to sick says, lost wages, and medical bills. EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck says the regulations that take effect in 12-24 months have been updated for the first time in more than two decades.

EPA's Enck On Clean Power Plan

Aug 4, 2015
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The Carbon Dioxide Reduction Plan announced on Monday by President Obama was inspired in part by a system already up and running in the northeast. The cap and trade, or Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, is in effect in nine northeastern and mid-Atlantic states. Judith Enck, the region two regional administrator for the EPA spoke with WAMC's Brian Shields about the president's plan.

45 Years Of Earth Day, With EPA's Judith Enck

Apr 22, 2015
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45 years ago, in April 1970, the newspapers carried stories of U.S. and South Vietnamese troops moving into Cambodia, the ill-fated flight of Apollo 13, and the introduction of a new car, the AMC Gremlin. The first Earth Day also made the papers that month, and 45 years later it is still in the news. In 1970, the focus was on air and water pollution and litter. But Judith Enck, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Administrator for Region 2, which includes New York and New Jersey, says Earth Day has evolved over the years. 

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Until December 1st, U.S. residents have the opportunity to make comments on theU.S. Environmental Protection Agency's draft regulations on greenhouse gas emissions and carbon pollution.

U.S. EPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck was in Saratoga Springs where she advocated for proposed regulations to address climate change.

Enck spoke about the U.S. EPA’s proposed Carbon Pollution Standards, where the agency would set pollution reduction targets for each of the 50 states, and allow state governments to develop their own plans to meet those goals.

“I think this is one of the most essential Federal environmental regulations that the EPA has ever done in our long history, and we want to make sure people are aware of it and they give us their ideas.”

Do women have a special role when it comes to protecting and nourishing the environment? That will be the subject of a talk this afternoon by EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck, who will deliver the Women of Influence in Politics lecture at the Bush Memorial Center at Sage College in Troy, New York at 1 p.m.

An illegal landfill, which has been closed for 45 years, will be studied under an agreement announced today by the Environmental Protection Agency. Judith Enck, the EPA regional administrator, was at the Dewey Loeffel Landfill Superfund site in the Rensselaer County community of Nassau to make the announcement. She spoke this afternoon to WAMC news.

The Environmental Protection Agency says global warming is one of the most significant public health threats of our time. That's according to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. McCarthy is defending a plan to curb carbon pollution in a speech this morning. She says global warming is not just about melting glaciers. The proposal is the first significant step in President Barack Obama's climate plan, but the plan only deals with future power plants. Judith Enck is the EPA Regional Administrator.