Jerry Phillips, JD, Director
P.O. Box 14463
Tallahassee, FL 32317
phone: (850) 877-8097
Barry Sulkin, Technical Consultant
4443 Pecan Valley Road
Nashville, TN 37218
phone: (615) 255-2079
From the southern Appalachian mountains to the beautiful sandy beaches of Florida, to the rich, diverse ecosystems of the Gulf Coast, the Southeast and Gulf Coast of the United States supports a wide range of industries, agriculture, fisheries, tourism, and recreation. But the fragile environment in these areas is weakening and under attack, an attack often advanced by government agencies and powerful interest groups. Our challenge is to right the ship to ensure that the area’s precious ecosystems are preserved for generations to come.
One area of focus for PEER is in Florida, where we are actively engaged in helping state and local employees do their jobs. These employees often find that they are marginalized, even blackballed, if they try to abide by the very laws that they are sworn to uphold. PEER’s work is focused on protecting these employees and shining a light on the government’s failure to do its job.
Unfortunately, an eroding of environmental and public health protections is common not only in Florida, but throughout the entire region, and at all levels of government. If these trends are not changed, the destruction of the region’s fragile environment and its natural resources- will continue, ultimately causing a continued die-off of wildlife, more polluted waters, poorer health outcomes, and a weaker economy.
NEWS FROM FLORIDA
Slight 2018 Election-Year Enforcement Uptick Yields Scant Results
Facing Lawsuit, FAA and Park Service Vow Action after Years of Impasse
Official Claims of Near Universal Pollution Compliance Flatly Untrue
“This is why several communities in southwest Florida — including Venice, Sarasota and North Port — passed resolutions asking DeSantis to adopt measures specifically like the one Good and Livingston drafted. They are sick of everyone else’s crap (sometimes literally)...
Environmental scientist Barry Sulkin begins to study the impact of recreational ATV activity on the rivers and creeks that feed into the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River, a protected national treasure
Federal Intervention Needed If State Continues to Ignore Major Pollution Violations
2018 Another High Lethality Year as Deaths Increasingly Outpace Declining Births
From: Governing “The environment became a central issue in the heated election after algae blooms covered most of the 730-square-mile lake and coincided with a red tide in the Gulf of Mexico this past summer, littering beaches with dead sea turtles, dolphins, manatees...
From: Trade Only Today “Two days after taking office, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has released a proposal to clean up Florida’s waters. The action items include more aggressive policies to address green algae in Lake Okeechobee and toxic spills into coastal waterways....
From: Miami Herald “DeSantis also ordered environmental enforcement moved from the state’s wildlife agency to the DEP. Under Scott, enforcement plummeted to its lowest in three decades last year, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. Even...
More Than One-Seventh of Population Perished as Red Tide Mortality Tripled
DEP Has to Return to Pollution Control Basics to Reverse Spiraling Eco-Threats
Clewiston Phosphorus and Other Pollution Violations Go Unpunished and Unabated
Continued Illegal Discharges Amid Record Gulf Red Tide Outbreaks
Red Tide Drives Manatee Mortality So Far in 2018 to Third-Highest All Time
Hurricane Irma Led to Massive Animal Waste Discharges with No Monitoring
Nearly 100 Red Tide-related Deaths so Far; Second-highest Total This Decade
State Allows Massive Animal Waste Discharges to Surface and Ground Waters
Scott Pollution Forgiveness Paints False Picture of Compliance with No Follow-Up
Non-Enforcement Leaves Florida’s Longest River with Excess Bacteria and Nutrients