Jeff Ruch, JD
248 3rd Street, #331
Oakland, CA 94607
Tel: (510) 213-7028; Fax: (510) 763-8013
Our Pacific Regional Office serves the five states of California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii. Located near the Port of Oakland, the office expands on the work of our California PEER office which has operated since 1998.
Former long-time PEER Executive Director, Jeff Ruch, operates the Pacific Regional Office. Jeff is a second-generation California native who worked for a number of years in California state government, mostly in the State Legislature as counsel to various committees where he drafted literally hundreds of laws on topics ranging from energy conservation to the rights of employed inventors. Jeff also served stints as a deputy district attorney and as an appellate court clerk.
This Field Office is projected to work with federal, state, and local government employees across a broad backdrop of issues, ranging from federal lands to marine conservation to anti-pollution enforcement.
NEWS FROM THE PACIFIC REGION
Biosafety Breaches Risk Zoonotic Outbreaks and Hinder COVID Research
“Pressure to Meet Timber Sale Goals” Led to Violations and Financial Losses
Desperate Last-Minute Government Maneuvers Denote Industry Disinterest
Rare Reversal Reflected Broad Opposition and Lack of Regulatory Clarity
Park Service & NOAA Shrink Sea Turtle Recovery Capacity as Need Spikes
Presence of PFAS in Insecticide Magnifies Agricultural Water Pollution Risks
Special Counsel Probes Army Corps Failure to Assess Dam Operations
Decommissioned Reactors OK-ed for Landfills in Big Gift to Nuclear Industry
A federal court in Montana is now determining which of William Pendley actions as illegal head of the Bureau of Lang Management (BLM) should be invalidated.
Lawsuit Seeks Overdue Audit as Forest Service Preps Big Timber Expansion
Historic Designation for Santa Susana Lab Excuses Remediation Obligations
Judge rules WIlliam Pendley cannot serve as a de facto Director of the BLM despite the anemic arguments to the contrary by David Bernhardt.
Conflicted leadership, loss of institutional knowledge, and marginalization of staff have left the Bureau of Land Management less capable than ever.
Major issues with the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), including a large backlog of cases, have rendered the Whistleblower Protection Act dead.
Park Service Cuts Green Turtle Program Just as Need for Protection Spikes
"Recognizing that things have gotten so out of hand, Congress must enact new, strong enforcement mechanisms to free us from the grip of “alternative facts.” Failure to do so will mean we did not learn the hard lesson of the Trump experience and we have left the door...
How the Park Service can continue to preserve the country’s natural and historical heritage for current and future generations
Under the Trump administration, BLM has declined even further than in previous decades. We hope for a brighter future for BLM, which is so needed.
Trump’s latest attempt to avoid the Senate’s confirmation process is Lanny Erdos of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.
Lawsuit and Audit to Expose Shady Telecom Deals with National Parks