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Inside the contentious Trump-Biden appointee fight on the chemical safety board

by The Hill | June 17, 2022
The fight with the two board members is not the only controversy swirling around Lemos, who has come under criticism from outside groups for her spending on travel and other expenses. The organization Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) reported last year that ...

Nearly 900 spills of toxic firefighting foam occurred over past 30 years

by The Hill | March 11, 2022
The national organization Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) responded to the release of the data on Thursday, stating that the publication only occurred following three years’ worth of requests from the group. “We are glad this information was finally released ...

EPA hires additional criminal investigators — but advocates call for more

by The Hill | January 21, 2022
The new figure puts it about in line with Obama-era numbers, per previous requests from the group showing that it had 175 agents in 2012, but just 154 in 2015, according to the organization. But Jeff Ruch, PEER’s Pacific director, said that the number is particularly concerning amid ...

Environmental groups call on EPA to take stronger action on reports of falsified chemical safety assessments

by The Hill | December 15, 2021
The allegations date back to at least 2019, but disclosures relating to them are ongoing, according to Kyla Bennett, director of science policy at Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a whistleblower protection organization representing the scientists. “We had hoped that ...

EPA employees allege changes to assessments that downplayed chemical risks

by The Hill | July 6, 2021
“Four Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) employees are alleging that managers in the agency’s chemicals office changed safety assessments in a way that downplayed the risks posed by these substances. In a request for investigation to the EPA’s internal watchdog made public ...