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NEW WATCHDOG GROUP FOR NEW JERSEY ENVIRONMENTAL EMPLOYEES

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Trenton —Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a
national alliance of state and federal agency resource professionals working
to ensure environmental ethics and governmental accountability, today opened
a New Jersey field office near Trenton. Heading the New Jersey PEER operation
is Bill Wolfe, former policy advisor to the Commissioner of the state Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP).

PEER assists public employees around the country in exposing and redressing
environmental dangers or when their agencies bow to political pressure in lax
enforcement or fail to act. New Jersey PEER will provide the same kind of services
to environmental professionals throughout the state. Through PEER, employees
will also be able to get the real story into the public domain and penetrate
the official spin.

Wolfe worked for DEP from 2002 to 2004. He earlier served in DEP for a decade
from 1985 to 1995. In between his two stints at DEP, Wolfe was the Policy Director
for the New Jersey Sierra Club.

“The role of New Jersey PEER is to empower public servants so that they
can safely expose abuses and, where necessary, pursue environmental protections
that their agency has neglected,” said Wolfe, noting that he is already
working on cases involving government officials secretly putting the chemical
industry in charge of managing catastrophic toxic risks, polluters writing their
own hazardous site cleanup plans and pollution permits, industry manipulating
the science on chromium cleanup standards and political pressure that reversed
plans to preserve Petty’s Island in favor of more condominiums and golf
courses. “It is obvious that protection of public health and environment
has been compromised in New Jersey and I look forward to working with dedicated
public servants to reverse these troubling trends.”

“New Jersey is ripe for organized employee activism in the public interest,”
stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch, pointing out that PEER’s work
often provides internal validation for concerns raised by other environmental
organizations. “Bill Wolfe is superbly suited to tear the lid off of environmental
malfeasance in the Garden State.”

All communications with PEER are confidential and New Jersey PEER has set up
a telephone hotline to handle employee calls. “It is vital to keep good
staff working within the system,” said Wolfe. “PEER is not about
creating martyrs; it is about giving employees a completely safe channel to
communicate with their real employers, the public – at PEER, we call it
anonymous activism.”

The New Jersey PEER 24-hour confidential hotline number is (609)
397-8213.
Mailing address is
PO Box 1
Ringoes, NJ 08551
E-mail address is njpeer@peer.org

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Founded in 1992, PEER is a national, nonprofit alliance of
state and federal employees working in pollution control, land management and
wildlife protection agencies. PEER has ten field offices nationwide and is currently
operating in more than a dozen federal agencies.

Visit the PEER web site at www.peer.org