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NEWS FROM PEER
EPA in Regulatory Pretzel With a Business Partner
Navistar Licensing EPA Diesel Emissions Technology That Does Not Work
Florida Pollution Permits Getting Too Permissive
Plans to Remove Discharge Limits, Strip Terms and Create One-Size-Fits-All Permits
Romney Botched Auto Exhaust Testing Program
Tried to Cook the Books and Silence Whistleblower While Shielding Contractor
NOAA’s Bizarre Unfolding Fiscal Scandal
National Weather Service Head Pushed Out in Frantic Damage Control Drill
Wacky Plans From Florida’s Top Environmental Officials
Sell State Lands to Foreign Nations, Move Offices to Parks and Pelletize State Forests
Romney Hog-Tied Pollution Prosecution
Enforcement Obstruction, Disruption and “Kill the Lawyers” Style in Massachusetts
How Would the Environment Fare Under a President Romney?
Not Very Well, His Record as Massachusetts Governor Suggests
EPA Discloses Nine More Superfund-Eligible Sites in New Jersey
Thirty Five Sites Passed Over for Superfund Relief; One More Site Still Pending
Virginia Supreme Court Halts Climate-Denier AG Witch Hunt
Right-Wing Allies Still Seeking Researcher’s Papers in Related Suit
National Park Foundation Spends More on Itself Than on Parks
One in Three Dollars Reaches Parks; Rest Goes to Overhead and Corporate Support
NOAA Cuts Tsunami and Seismic Safety Funding
Sudden Shift Rips Tsunami Warning Buoys and Alaska Emergency Preparedness
White House Shields Industry Strategy Memo on GE Crops
White House Refuses to Reveal Scope of Partnership with Monsanto and Cohorts
Park Service Scrambles to Save Face in Plastic Bottle Fiasco
Focused Public Pressure Trumped Corporate Influence on National Park Policies
Leadership Void Cripples Forest Service Law Enforcement
Official Investigation Uncovers Plague of Dysfunction Afflicting 20 Eastern States
Lawsuit to Uncover Toxic History of New Jersey
U.S. EPA Will Not Release Hazardous Ratings for Pompton Lakes and Other Sites
Polluters’ Attorney Sees No Conflicts in Top Jersey Eco-Job
Duties Have Direct Impact on Former Clients’ Fortunes; Ethics Review Requested
Park Service Indian Trading Post Fiasco Finally Unearthed
Inspector General Sat on Scathing Report to Limit Government Officials’ Liability
Christie Abrupt About-Face on Green Power
Nuclear and Natural Gas Touted; Conservation Incentives to be Zeroed Out
New Jersey to Deregulate Toxic Vapor Intrusion
Control of Deadly Seepage Put on “Honor System” in Christie Regulatory Rollback
Florida Top Environmental Official Fights Federal Debarment
Secretary Vinyard May Lose Authority over Water Quality Regulation at Key Time