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
No Regional Office Meets “Gating Criteria” or Ensures CDC Safeguards
Data Shows Infections Still Exceed CDC “Gating Criteria” for Phase One
Governor’s Arbovirus Proposal Much Improved but Big Questions Remain
Overflows into Drinking Water Sources May Create New Infection Vectors
New York State Must Act to Close Toxic Landfill
Sets Limits too High, Omits Thousands of PFAS and Fails to Address Sources
No Recycling Facilities, So Tons of Plastic Carpet Dumped
Impact of proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) redefinition on wetlands and waters in New York: a case study
Why would Massachusetts spend millions to control and remove toxic PFAS from its waters, while at the same time let the EPA approve the discharge of massive amounts of PFAS into the Merrimack River?
Big Discharge Slated for Merrimack River – Water Source for Half-Million
Non-Denials and Trade Secret Claims Prompt More Testing of Carpet
Processing aids that contaminate synthetic turf with PFAS may be in other plastic goods
Federal Officials Ignored Science to Benefit Fisheries
Agency Had No Scientific Basis for Downplaying Toxic Exposure Risks
“Forever Chemical” Buildup in Food Chain Affects Game and Fish in Toxic Hotspots
Army to Give Both Immediate Relief and Long-Term Treatment for Hard-Hit Town
Bay State’s Widespread and Severe PFAS Levels Are Test for New EPA Action Plan
Wetland Mitigation Bank Falls Flat as Gambit for Cargo Container Port
Maine DOT “Umbrella Mitigation Bank” Tries to Exploit Weakened Federal Policies
John Martin Has Long History of Self-Dealing on Allagash Wilderness Waterway