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
Record Mortality Cited in Legal Notice Seeking Sanctuary Designation
Proposed Federal Standards Ignore EPA Guidelines and Bypass Peer Review
Groups Sue U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for Failure to Protect Endangered Panther
Petition Filed for Federal Enforcement Takeover in Palm Beach Contamination Case
Lawsuit to Be Filed Over Delay in Protecting Florida Panther Habitat Washington, DC — A coalition of conservation and government accountability groups — the Center for Biological Diversity, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), and Council of Civic...
Everglades Restoration Imperiled by Imploding South Florida Water Quality
Legal Petition Filed With Feds to Protect 3 Million Acres from Development
Gov. Crist Nixes Joining RGGI or Pursuing State Emission Curbs; Will Defer to Feds
Fish & Wildlife Service Rejects PEER Petition to End “Swim-With” Permits
Senate Confirmation Hearing Today for Fish & Wildlife Service Director
Legal Filing to Outlaw Manatee “Swim-With” Dives by 100,000 Tourists Annually
Obama Pick Piecemeals Florida Panther and Other Endangered Species to Extinction
Fewer Pollution Fines Assessed While More Uncollected in Across-the-Board Decline
One Whistleblower Restored as Extensive Probe of City Utility Operations Expands
Lee County Decries Drinking Water Woes and Caloosahatchee Salinity
Chronic Low Pressure Problems Risk Microbial Contamination and Boil Orders
Rising Percentage of State Rivers, Lakes and Estuaries Impaired by Excess Nutrients
A Look at 20 Years of History Shows Move Away from Tough Enforcement
Less than $17,000 in Florida State Pollution Penalty Assessments Over 20 Years
Whistleblowers Sue Agency and Individual Officials for “Political Hatchet Jobs”