Sunshine Week: Not Letting Our Guard Down
The fight for government transparency is reaffirmed each year during Sunshine Week, a national awareness week founded by the News Leaders Association and supported by civic groups throughout the country. As we mark Sunshine Week, the need to stand up against threats to our rights to government information has never been more apparent.
This week, we will be highlighting some of our work to improve government transparency, including:
- Reforming freedom of information laws so that agencies are more accountable to the public.
- Strengthening federal scientific integrity policies so that scientists can do their work without fear of retribution.
- Holding government agencies accountable under data quality laws and whistleblower protection laws.
- Countering the public relations culture that has come to dominate government thinking in both Democratic and Republic administrations.
Despite a change in administrations, the importance of this work will continue to grow as more and more elected officials wage well-organized attacks on science and the truth. That is why we really appreciate the spirit of Sunshine Week – it is a great time for all of us to reaffirm our commitment to transparency in government and remind people that we will not let our guard down on these important issues.
Florida’s Clearwater Awash in Sewage
A new PEER investigation into Clearwater’s sewage troubles has found that Florida’s sparkling Gulf waters are increasingly choked with pollutants pumped from the city’s wastewater treatment system. Despite routine noncompliance and hundreds of sewage overflows, PEER has found that there have been very few enforcement and remedial actions undertaken by Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). PEER is calling for DEP to take aggressive enforcement action when violations are observed. read more»
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