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
Corporate Political Donors Control DEP Toxic Clean-Up Oversight and Rulemaking
Employee Survey Underlines Drinking Water, Sewage and Big Compliance Questions
State May Balk at Stringent Federal Water Quality Measures and Timetables
Number of Criminal Investigators, Cases and Convictions Slump as Program Drifts
Available Treatments Could Screen Hundreds of Unregulated Compounds from Taps
Effluent Discharges Fouling Waterways While Florida DEP Looks the Other Way
Huge Carbon Footprint Should Disqualify Combustion Wastes under Obama Order
Hundreds of Thousands Exposed Daily to Rad Levels Many Times over Safety Limits
Plummeting Fines and Fees Will Shortchange Future Enforcement Budgets
Sunshine State Braces for Oil Spill but Eco-Enforcement Slump Continues
Citing Its Gulf Expertise, BP Argued Rapid Relief Well Capacity Is Needless Expense
Belated DEP Toxic Site Priority System Ignores Vapor Intrusion and Migration
Walruses and Seals, Non-Existent Equipment Lists and Other Fanciful References
New Scientific Peer Review Defers Estuarine and Coastal Standards until 2011
Political Positioning Trumps Promises of Comprehensive Planning
Proposed Federal Standards Ignore EPA Guidelines and Bypass Peer Review
Vapor Intrusion Rules Cast into Regulatory Limbo as Horror Stories Multiply
Petition Filed for Federal Enforcement Takeover in Palm Beach Contamination Case
Exclusion Zones, Buffers and Oil Spill Protections Would Scale Back Lease Schedule
Corrective Actions Never Implemented for Toxic, Wetlands and Other Programs