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.
Despite pledges to strengthen pollution enforcement, Florida state records show declines in virtually all meaningful measures. Notably, violations and significant noncompliance with pollution limits are growing while major enforcement actions are declining.
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NEWS FROM PEER
Continued Illegal Discharges Amid Record Gulf Red Tide Outbreaks
Downwind States Must Endure More Ozone to Win Good Neighbor Protections
One-Fifth of Wildlife Refuge Law Enforcement Officers Being Decommissioned
Furious Industry Lobbying Has Kept Significant Public Health Report Under Wraps
Hurricane Irma Led to Massive Animal Waste Discharges with No Monitoring
Virtually All Waters Classified “Impaired” by PCBs, Dioxin, Mercury, and Pesticides
State Allows Massive Animal Waste Discharges to Surface and Ground Waters
Scott Pollution Forgiveness Paints False Picture of Compliance with No Follow-Up
Bizarre Retesting Plan Claims 80% of Contaminated Soil Samples Are Clean
Fewer Investigators Translates into Fewer Referrals, Prosecutions, and Defendants
Whistleblower Disclosure Forces Grudging Progress in Housing Renovation Program
EPA Finds 93% of Soil Samples Unreliable on Parcels Transferred to City in 2015
Navy Says Tetra Tech Building Radiation Survey Data Are Also Bogus
Non-Enforcement Leaves Florida’s Longest River with Excess Bacteria and Nutrients
Ambient or Outdoor Air Pollution Standards Set for Rollback per Industry Playbook
Lack of State Enforcement vs. City of Lynn Haven Triggers Intervention Petition
Nearly All U.S. Navy Radiation Samples Were Falsified, Fraudulent or Unreliable
Pruitt Pushing Polluter Settlements Behind Closed Doors for “Informal” Handling
Taxpayers Often Left Holding the Bag in Leaking Petroleum Storage Tank Program
Petroleum Cleanup $ Misdirected Outside Spring-Sheds or to Low Priority Projects