Kyla Bennett, PhD, JD
Science Policy Director
P.O. Box 574
North Easton, MA 02356
From the coves and inlets of Maine to the mountains of southwestern Virginia, PEER is fighting to stop habitat loss and protect wildlife, limit water and air pollution, address drinking water contamination, and implement aggressive actions to address climate change and to stop toxic chemicals from entering our environment.
Northeast and Mid-Atlantic PEER represents municipal, state, and federal employees who are trying to protect the environment of the region. While this region has a reputation of being more protective of the environment than other regions of the country, all levels of government are politically susceptible, and employees often find themselves in trouble for upholding environmental laws and regulations. When politics trumps science and laws, employees turn to us to expose this dereliction of duty.
We work on a wide range of issues, from saving the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale from ship strikes and fishing line entanglements to protecting drinking water from lead, PFAS, and other contaminants, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic PEER is helping improve environmental decision making and working to ensure regulatory decisions are based on science, not politics. With climate change increasingly impacting our daily lives and the ecosystems around us, our work with public employees who are on the front lines of the war on the environment is more important than ever.
NEWS FROM THE NORTHEAST AND MID-ATLANTIC
Dr. Kyla Bennett is featured in the short documentary from Bloomberg Originals on the dangerous conundrum of the useful, ubiquitous and highly toxic PFAS.
Despite known environmental harms, towns and businesses continue to install artificial turf fields at alarming rates.
Bloomberg Businessweek featured an epic quest by our Science Policy Director to uncover why her town’s drinking water was contaminated with PFAS.
Dr. David Carpenter had been forbidden from teaching and barred from campus after an investigation launched through corporate political pressure over his research.
MD Ratepayers Subsidize Polluting Energy at Premium Prices
PEER continues to work to compel Exelon Corp., owners of the Conowingo Dam, to clean it up and mitigate the ongoing risk to the Chesapeake Bay
PEER is launching a Climate Integrity Project to address bogus offsets, keeping clean energy clean and strengthening transparency in climate programs.
High levels of toxic PFAS chemicals have been found in fish in Piscataway Creek in Prince George’s County, a popular waterway for recreational fishing. State officials are warning residents to limit consumption of certain fish from the creek — the first such fish...
The American Chemistry Council is trying to convince federal and state legislators that PFAS isn’t a problem that needs to be addressed.
PFAS laden pesticides being sprayed aerially to control mosquitoes is yet another exposure to this ubiquitous forever chemical.
Dunn Landfill in New York impacts the residents of Rensselaer with problems like truck traffic, odor, dust and leachate.
New NOAA Finding at Odds with Science, Facts, and the Law
Regulatory Loopholes Allow Massive Spread of Toxic “Forever Chemicals”
Final Rule Perpetuates Risk to Minority Communities
“Forever Chemicals” Potentially Spread Over Millions of Acres
Massachusetts communities struggle with PFAS contamination in their water supplies. One source of this contamination could be insecticides.
Federal Action Sought to Stop Sewage Discharges Befouling Sakonnet Harbor
Should we be using pesticides when spraying for mosquitoes that may compromise someone’s respiratory system during a pandemic?
Teachers File Complaint Charging Unsafe Conditions in Re-Opened Schools
Eliminating Targeted Surveys Hampers Ability to Spot Whales in Distress