Peter Jenkins

Peter has been an environmental, land use and consumer attorney and advocate since 1983. Peter received his law degree from the University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University) School of Law and also has a Masters in Environmental Studies from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, with a focus on conservation biology. His career has centered on bringing the best science to bear in environmental protection efforts; he has specialized at working with scientists so their findings can inform good policy, as well as in federal litigation. Most of his work has been in aid of wildlife conservation, but also in the fields of pesticides, GMOs, invasive species, wildlife disease prevention, international trade, land-use conflicts and other areas. Peter’s prior positions in Washington, DC since 2000 have been: Of Counsel, Center for Food Safety; Vice President for U.S. Government Policy, Conservation International; Director of International Conservation, Defenders of Wildlife; and Staff Attorney, Center for Science in the Public Interest. From 1993 to 2000, he was in New Mexico working primarily as a contracted consultant on endangered species recovery efforts with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Turner Endangered Species Fund. Prior to then, he served as an Attorney and Policy Analyst for the U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment, and also was in private law practice.

BLOG: EPA Continues to Approve Bee-Killing Insecticides

by Peter Jenkins | January 8, 2020
With over 40 percent of insect life threatened with extinction, the EPA continues to issue emergency exemptions to toxic pollinator-killing insecticides ...

BLOG: Bernhardt’s Bad Actors

by Peter Jenkins | March 31, 2019
Eight political appointees are leading most of the Department of the Interior bureaus without the required “advice and consent” of the Senate. President Trump’s tactic violates fundamental “checks and balances”. Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt is complicit in ...