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We’re Suing to Protect Farmers

Last Thursday, PEER filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on behalf of a group of ranchers and farmers in Texas whose livelihoods and health were ruined after biosolids contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from neighboring properties leached onto their land. 

Millions of tons of biosolids, or sewage sludge, are applied as fertilizers annually on farms in the U.S. Under the Clean Water Act, EPA is required to identify toxic pollutants in biosolids and adopt regulations to prevent harm to human health or the environment, something it has failed to do for toxic PFAS chemicals

In PEER’s discussions with EPA prior to filing our lawsuit, it became clear that the agency has no definitive timeline for regulatory action and that the scope of its current efforts would be inadequate. 

The plaintiffs in this case are just a few of the many farmers across the country grappling with agricultural contamination linked to EPA’s failure to regulate toxic chemicals in biosolids. 

This case is one of the most important we have ever undertaken. EPA must stop dithering and move quickly to protect America’s farmers and our food supply from these toxic chemicals. 

Regards,
Tim Whitehouse 

P.S. Take Action—Please sign our petition now urging EPA to take immediate action to protect farmers and our food supply from biosolids contaminated with PFAS. Your voice will help let EPA how important this issue is to all of us. Thanks!

A Union Win for Science

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With input from PEER, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), EPA’s largest employee union, has won a provision protecting scientific integrity in its new collective bargaining agreement with the agency. The provision is much stronger than EPA’s current policy as well as the draft policy being proposed for the rest of the agency. Read more>>

Range Damage: Cattle and Horses

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Data analyzed by PEER shows that America’s public rangelands suffer far more damage from overgrazing by commercial livestock than from wild horses and burros. The damage estimates are based on the Bureau of Land Management’s own Land Health Standards. Read more>>

Take Action, Sign our Petition!

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Please sign our petition now urging EPA to take immediate action to protect farmers and our food supply from biosolids contaminated with PFAS. Your voice will help let EPA how important this issue is to all of us. Read more>>

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PEER climate consultant Laurie Williams and retired EPA attorney Alan Zabel write that the administration should find the courage to reverse course and acknowledge that carbon offsets are a dangerous and damaging distraction. Read more >>

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PEER attorney Colleen Teubner explores plastic pollution and what needs to be done to begin tackling this growing problem. Read more >>

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