PEER Supports Law Enforcement and Regulation
PEER works to support the enforcement of environmental and natural resource laws at the federal, state and local levels. The need for protection for our natural resources and public health has never been greater. Even as the need for strong environmental and natural resource protection is growing, enforcement programs are facing declining budgets, lower staffing levels, and dispirited morale.
Florida Pollution Enforcement Reports
Since 2004, PEER has examined Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) files to assess pollution enforcement. In a state heavily reliant on its natural beauty for tourism revenue, it has fallen far short of acceptable pollution levels primarily in its waterways and wastewater management.
Colorado Air Pollution Crisis
When you think of Colorado, you probably imagine clear, blue skies and sunshine—that image doesn’t jibe with the air quality in much of the state. The state’s entire Front Range remains in violation of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards set by EPA and has been in noncompliance since 2012.
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NEWS FROM PEER
Latest Numbers Show Fewer New Cases but More Fines than Historic Lows in 2005
State Terminated Scientist After He Disclosed Problems to the Inspector General
Industry Told Not to Bother Submitting Data Qualifiers on Pollution Reports
Enforcement at Near Record Low Levels; “Pay-to-Pollute” is the Norm
Emergency Response Capability at Chemical Weapons Depot in Doubt
Monitors for VX Agent at Kentucky Storage Depot Not Working for Years
Agency Manual Hastily Amended; Independent Law Enforcement Program at Risk
Ranger and Park Police Staffing Cannot Keep Up With Rising Security and Visitor Demands
Cleanups and Civil Fines Down in ’04; “Traffic Ticket” Mentality Decried
International Association of Chiefs of Police Is Latest to Weigh In
Group Decries “Rent-a-Ranger”
Rebuked EPA Weighs Enforcement Against Companies Using Credits
Park Rangers and Managers to Receive Law Enforcement Training
Suppressed Report Shows Disturbing Trends
Concern for Visitor Safety in Survey of Managers