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
Third party review will help prevent future scientific scandals at the U.S. Geological Survey by providing a safe channel for USGS scientists to report problems without fear of reprisal.
EPA Plans to Ignore Prop P Mandate and Its Own Superfund Standards
NSF Projects in Parks and Forests Pump Pounds of SF6 into Atmosphere
Workers imperiled by failures to flag serious known hazards.
Under DeSantis, More Inspections, More Pollution but Less Enforcement
Rescues Soar, Crime Rises in National Parks Lacking Enforcement Plans
Fed up with the state’s failure to regulate air permits, three state employees came forward about a year ago, but little has changed.
Report on Enforcement Efforts by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection – Calendar Year 2021
Water Board Hearing on Santa Susana Cleanup Axed as Localities Protest
Water Board Chair Replaced by Former Boeing Consultant Before Hearing
Groups Seek State Testing and Monitoring at Lowry Landfill Superfund Site
Florida’s Fabled “Forgotten Coast” Beset by Torrent of Sewage Violations
Water Board Chair Reaped Boeing Cash Before Woolsey Fire Fines Forgiven
EPA Criminal Referrals, Prosecutions, and Convictions Not Rebounding
Lawsuit to Excavate 1,200+ Buried Industry Chemical Hazard Reports
EPA Lacks Plan to Fill or Retain Critical Scientific Specialist Positions
Suit Seeks Redress for 9/11 First Responders Suffering Respiratory Injuries
The EPA is undervaluing the short term Global Warming Potential of methane gas in its most recent regulation proposal.
Absent a major shift in priorities at the National Park Service, it is only a matter of time before we see preventable deaths and other disasters
Report on Enforcement Efforts by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection – Calendar Year 2020