Whistleblower Appreciation Day
This year, National Whistleblower Day is on July 30th. We mark this day to recognize the important contributions whistleblowers make in safeguarding public health and the environment, supporting good governance, and strengthening our democracy.
As part of this commemoration, PEER recently held a webinar, A Whistleblower’s Journey: Unleashing the Truth to Safeguard the Environment featuring Kyla Bennett, PEER’s Science Policy Director, discussing her personal whistleblower story and PEER attorneys Paula Dinerstein and Monica Mercola discussing PEER’s work defending whistleblowers and supporting anonymous activists in government.
Whistleblowers and anonymous activists have played an important role in the modern environmental movement. They have been an integral and often unrecognized part of our country’s efforts to stop the spread of disease, reduce air and water pollution, protect us from toxic substances, and protect public lands from overexploitation.
But the protections afforded to those who stand up to reveal wrongdoing are precarious. That is why we are continually working to increase whistleblower protections and strengthen scientific integrity safeguards.
Our year ahead will be busy as we continue our work to protect whistleblowers and our environment! We hope you will join us in this effort by supporting PEER today.
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Enforcement Drops Under DeSantis
As the pollution burden on Florida’s lands and waters continues to grow, a report by PEER documents continuing declines in environmental enforcement by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. To address Florida’s pollution woes, Florida must improve its land use planning and environmental enforcement programs. Read More»
San Francisco Awash in Water Pollution
San Francisco’s municipal sewage agency just agreed to pay a hefty fine for water pollution violations while facing still more federal and state litigation, according to records posted by PEER. The city’s scandal-plagued Public Utility Commission (PUC) recently agreed to pay fines but is resisting further sanctions in both federal and state courts. Read More»
Park Service E-Bike Assessment is Inadequate
While e-bikes offer many benefits, PEER and other groups are continuing to press the National Park Service to do a proper environmental review of e-bike impacts, including disturbance to wildlife, user conflicts, and fire dangers that will help better inform where e-bikes should be allowed to go in parks. Read More»