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PFAS subgroups could be subject to Superfund law

by E & E News | June 22, 2022
The group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility has been one of many organizations repeatedly calling for class-based regulation that would see all PFAS facing restrictions. “The more we learn, the more toxic we understand these chemicals to be,” said Kyla Bennett, ...

Many BLM grazing permits renewed without NEPA review, group says

by E & E News | March 23, 2022
The WWP review follows a report earlier this month from Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility that found roughly half of the 108 million acres of land that has been leased by BLM for livestock grazing does not meet baseline rangeland health standards (E&E News PM, March 14 ...

Watchdog reports 54M acres of BLM rangeland fails health standards

by E & E News | March 14, 2022
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or PEER, analyzed BLM data covering assessments of about 108 million acres of land that has been leased for livestock grazing, and found that about 54 million acres — an area about the size of the state of Washington — failed so-called ...

Criminal cases against polluters drop by a third

by E & E News | January 25, 2022
Criminal prosecutions against companies violating environmental laws continued to decline last year, with EPA referrals to the Department of Justice dropping to their lowest levels in more than three decades. EPA referred just 152 criminal cases to DOJ last fiscal year — a third lower ...

Burnout, expertise gaps plague EPA chemicals office

by E & E News | December 23, 2021
Key EPA programs are facing a steep staffing shortage that some employees worry will imperil critical chemicals work and certain Biden administration priorities, even as advocates say the agency has no real plan for fixing the problem. Parts of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution ...