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National parks see decline in ranger force, even as the number of rescues increases

by KJZZ | July 25, 2022
“Well overall Park Service staffing has been going down for the last 20 years, even as visitation has been going up, there are new parks, and new acreage, and things like that,” said Jeff Ruch of the nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. “And law ...

Park service ranger ranks decline, even as crime rises

The advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Policy found that the number of permanent law enforcement officers has dropped 15 percent since 2005. Seasonal officers are down 30 percent in the same time period. Colleen Teubner, staff attorney for the organization, said the long- ...

EPA official demoted under Trump appeals lawsuit

“Dr. Etzel made important disclosures about EPA’s failure to address children’s lead poisoning, and in retaliation was removed from her position as EPA’s Director of the Office of Children’s Health Protection,” her attorney, Paula Dinerstein of Public Employees for ...

Experts to Congress: Restore EPA enforcement staffing and funding for environmental justice

by Grist | July 22, 2022
“The administration is trying to reorient its focus, but it needs the tools to do that,” said Tim Whitehouse, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and a former senior attorney for EPA’s enforcement division. “It needs the enforcement officers, ...

US FDA seeks information on fluorinated polyethylene in FCMs

by Chemical Watch | July 21, 2022
The FDA has been working closely with the EPA after testing found that certain PFASs can form and leach from some fluorinated high-density polyethylene (HDPE) containers into the pesticide they are storing. The issue arose in September 2020, when the nonprofit group Public Employees for ...

Trump admin tried to blunt EPA review of popular weedkiller

by E&E News |
The PFBS assessment was a day one priority for the Biden administration, with EPA officials working to withdraw and replace the evaluation almost immediately after the president’s inauguration. Other efforts have been more slow-going but still very much underway, including work to ...