Covid-19

As we deal with this global pandemic, PEER is adapting and responding, and continuing our work of protecting public employees who protect our environment, natural resources and public health. 

First, we’re prioritizing the health of our staff by practicing social distancing and working from home.  With today’s modern technologies, we won’t miss a beat, though. 

Our work watch-dogging the Trump administration will continue as we expose corruption, malfeasance and anti-science agendas in government. Working with employee contacts, we will also attempt to expose and help remedy harmful breakdowns of pollution controls, natural resource protections and public health protections. 

Finally, we will be working to make sure that public employees are afforded appropriate protections at work, including such measures as liberal teleworking and other steps needed to reduce the risk of infection at work.  

Social Distancing to Curb COVID-19 and National Park Overcrowding

Among President Biden’s first day blitz of 17 Executive Orders was one entitled “Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing.” That order requires “compliance with CDC guidelines with respect to wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, and other public health measures by: on-duty or on-site Federal employees; on-site Federal contractors; and all persons in Federal buildings or on Federal lands.

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COVID-19 NEWS FROM PEER

Federal Wildlife Disease Labs in Dangerous Shape

Biosafety Breaches Risk Zoonotic Outbreaks and Hinder COVID Research  

BLOG | Social Distancing to Curb COVID-19 and Park Overcrowding

Biden Executive Order on COVID-19 protocols on federal property puts the National Park Service under a direct ...

Statement | In Praise of COVID Whistleblower Rebekah Jones

Rebekah Jones exposed wrongdoing and abuse of power in Florida during the COVID pandemic to save lives and make ...

BLOG | COVID-19, Yellowstone, and the Company that puts the American Public at Risk

Winter snow guides in Yellowstone protest pandemic response in managed Yellowstone National Park, six guides were ...

BLOG | Schedule F: America’s Toxic Politics is Killing Us

Giving political appointees the ability to easily hire and fire civil servants in policy positions put the ...

BLOG | When Government is Run By A Gilded Few, Essential Workers Pay the Price

With the White House still pushing to “reopen” at all costs, essential workers will continue to pay the highest ...

Op-Ed | Should We Stop Spraying for Mosquitoes During the Pandemic?

Should we be using pesticides when spraying for mosquitoes that may compromise someone’s respiratory system during ...

NYC Schools Lack Ventilation to Stop COVID Spread  

Teachers File Complaint Charging Unsafe Conditions in Re-Opened Schools 

BLOG | COVID-19 Pressure on FDA and CDC Accelerate as Election Nears

White House pressuring the FDA and CDC to ignore science and stick to political messaging on the COVID-19 pandemic

Graduate Student COVID Unrest at Texas A&M 

Partying Undergrads Shun Masks and Risk Super-Spreader Events 

BLOG | Don’t Mention COVID-19 at NOAA

NOAA has informed its employees to avoid mentions of COVID-19 in publicly available documents as the ...

BLOG | The Decimation of the Public Sector Workforce

Not passing the HEROES Act will have devastating consequences to the economy, state governments and the public ...

PEERMail | Wrong Approach to Reopening

Federal agencies are under White House pressure to "reopen" by bringing federal workers back to their ...

BLOG | National Forests and COVID-19. What’s Happening?

National Forests receive less attention than parks during COVID-19, but overcrowding, lack of resources, and risk ...

EPA Failing CDC Criteria for Re-Opening Offices

No Regional Office Meets “Gating Criteria” or Ensures CDC Safeguards  

EPA Halts Re-Opening New England Office

Data Shows Infections Still Exceed CDC “Gating Criteria” for Phase One

National Parks Irresponsible Refusal to Enforce Distancing

Disney World Will Embrace Public Health Measures NPS Eschews

PEERMail | 100,000 and Counting – A Grim Milestone

As we pass a grim mortality milestone for the COVID-19 pandemic, this immense death toll highlights the ...

Orlando Chronic Sewage Breakdowns Fester  

Spills Risk COVID Exposure Yet No Abatement or Enforcement

BLOG | EPA Creating A “Pandemic of Pollution” Since COVID-19 Crisis

Despite the connection between exposure to air pollution and adverse outcomes from COVID-19, EPA continues to ...