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
State Pollution Permitting Standards Warped to Accommodate Corporate Agenda
Scathing Palm Beach Health Department Findings Prompt Slap-on-Wrist Settlement
DEP Says It Has No Written Explanation of How Employees Were Selected for Firing
With 23 Deaths So Far This Year, 2012 Could Become Deadliest on Record
Staff Told to “Demonstrate Job Creation” as Colleagues Escorted Out of Building
With 19 Deaths So Far This Year, 2012 Could Become Deadliest on Record
Palm Beach Health Department Notice of Violation Orders Immediate Corrections
Federal Court Upholds Closure of the Tellico ORV Area to Protect Brook Trout
Unilateral Environmental Disarmament Based on Myth of Universal Compliance
Last Minute Attempt to Rewrite Vinyard Résumé to Avoid Federal Debarment
The endangered Florida manatee has made only tenuous progress toward recovery, principally due to lawsuits. And that progress has been reversed in the last few years due to toxic algae and removal of protections. With a population hovering under 6000 animals,...
Big Drop in Cases and Fines as DEP Staff Instructed to Avoid Enforcement
Plans to Remove Discharge Limits, Strip Terms and Create One-Size-Fits-All Permits
Sell State Lands to Foreign Nations, Move Offices to Parks and Pelletize State Forests
Latest Panther-on-Panther Deaths Reflect Shrinking Habitat for Territorial Cats
TDOT Pays More Than $500,000 to Compensate for Wetland Mitigation Left Undone
Environment Secretary Vinyard’s Current Claims Contradict His Previous Filings
Federal Complaint Cites Major Continuing Pollution by Florida Wastewater Facility
Suit to Block Park Service Plan to Carve a 130-Mile Network of ORV Trails
First Steps in Opening Vast Big Cypress Addition Lands to Hunting and Trapping