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Jeff Ruch

Jeff Ruch was the Executive Director of PEER from 1997-2019 and now serves as Director of Pacific PEER, headquartered in California. Prior to that Jeff was the Policy Director and a staff attorney at the Government Accountability Project representing whistleblowers from both the public and private sector. Before coming to DC, Jeff worked in California state government for 17 years, mostly in the State Legislature as counsel to various committees where he drafted literally hundreds of laws on topics ranging from energy conservation to the rights of employed inventors. Jeff served stints as a deputy district attorney, an appellate court clerk and is a graduate of the California Correctional Officers Academy.

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 ...

3 whales on the path to extinction in US waters

by The Hill | April 7, 2021
“If current trends hold, the U.S. will earn the uniquely ignominious distinction of presiding over the extinction of three large whale species which largely or solely inhabit our waters. The extinction of any one of these whales would be a black eye for American conservation while ...

Scientific integrity, or more hot air?

by The Hill | April 4, 2021
“On Jan. 27, President Biden issued a more than 10-page executive memo to all agencies on the topic of scientific integrity. In an accompanying fact sheet, the White House claimed this action sends “a clear message that the Biden-Harris Administration will protect scientists ...
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