Executive Director

Tim Whitehouse

Tim is PEER’s Executive Director, leveraging more than 30 years of experience working on environmental issues with governments, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and community groups. Prior to joining PEER, he was a senior attorney at the United States Environmental Protection Agency and was head of the Law and Policy Program at the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation in Montreal, Canada. He has worked as a consultant for companies on environmental compliance issues, and with nonprofit organizations focusing on clean energy issues. Most recently, he was executive director of Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility, a health advocacy group working to address climate change, toxics pollution, and nuclear disarmament issues. Tim’s interest is in the intersection of science, policy, and civil service. He believes in protecting employees who raise concerns about their workplace and in exposing undue influence on government for private gain. He holds a JD and BA from Emory University and an MA from New York University.

COMMENTARY | The EPA is Hiding Behind Industry Secrets

by | March 15, 2023
This Sunshine Week, we discuss the use of “Confidential Business Information” to hide health and safety information from the public ...

COMMENTARY | Scientific Integrity Is Not a Popularity Contest

by | March 9, 2023
Scientists who formally file dissenting opinions that challenge the orthodoxy of their agency, are often on a lonely, fraught journey ...

COMMENTARY | Biden Strengthens Clean Water Rules

by | January 5, 2023
The new regulations repeal a Trump-era rule, called the “Dirty Water Rule” by many, that left millions of acres of waterways unprotected from pollution ...

Guest column: EPA has lost its way

by The New Lede | November 16, 2022
It has been more than 20 years since I worked as a senior attorney at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), using my legal training to help enforce the Clean Water Act and advise agency managers on a range of hazardous waste issues ...

COMMENTARY | Saving Species Under Threat

by | November 15, 2022
Protecting biodiversity and endangered species such as the North Atlantic Right Whale is one of the great challenges of our time ...
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