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An Epic Journey You Won’t Want to Miss 

The latest edition of Bloomberg Businessweek features an in-depth article on the epic quest by Kyla Bennett, PEER’s Science Policy Director, to uncover why her town’s drinking water was contaminated with a toxic class of chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS.

The story takes us from the Hockomock Swamp in Massachusetts to a courthouse in Philadelphia, and many stops in between.

As this story unfolds, we witness firsthand the important work that Kyla and the PEER staff are doing and the unique investigatory, scientific, and legal skills that they possess.

We hope you will take a moment to grab a cup of coffee and sit down to read this story.

We are proud of Kyla’s work and glad that Businessweek has shed such a bright light on PEER’s work on PFAS in plastics, and how the consequences of our work are rippling through the plastics, pesticides, and food industries in a very positive way.

All this work would not be possible without your support. Thank you.

Park Service Reforms Needed

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The National Park Service is beset by falling morale, rising attrition, and a leadership cadre that moves at a glacial pace, according to agency documents obtained by PEER and released to the public. Surveys of employees identified high attrition rates, unaddressed harassment claims, and a culture of retaliation at the park service. PEER is calling for immediate action to address these issues. Read More »

A Call for Administrative Leave Reform

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PEER has filed a petition asking the Office of Personnel Management to finalize implementing regulations on administration leave. These regulations would address the abusive management practice of exiling federal employees from work by placing them on paid administrative or investigative leave. This practice continues unabated despite a 2016 law against it. Read More »

Toxic PCB’s Still Poisoning L.A. River

BLM law Enforcement Alaska

For years, the Regional Water Quality Control Board has had information identifying the Santa Susana Field Laboratory as the likely culprit for high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the LA River but has refused to release this information. PEER and local LA groups have filed a lawsuit against California for weakening cleanup standards at Santa Susana in violation of state law. Read More »

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