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PFAS in Plastic Containers Should Not Be Confidential

Groups Urge EPA to Inform the Public of the Presence of Unsafe PFAS in Fluorinated Containers

PEERMail | We Are Suing to Prevent Further PFAS Contamination

Handling or using fluorinated containers could be a significant pathway for unsafe human exposure to PFOA and other PFAS.

Tens of Millions of Plastic Containers Treated with Fluorine Gas Leach Toxic PFAS Chemicals into Art and Cleaning Supplies, Food, and Other Household Products

Nonprofit Organizations File Suit Against Inhance Technologies to Stop Violations of U.S. EPA Regulations

EPA Cannot Retrieve Text Message Content

New “Deprovisioning Process” for Employees to “Wipe” Mobile Devices

EPA Scientific Integrity Program Lacks Integrity

Unable to Document Claimed Successes; Complaints Pending Since 2015

COMMENTARY | Why This Mining Permit Should Fail

Should an agency's misbehavior invalidate their decisions? When it comes to mining permits in Minnesota, PEER thinks so.

Letter to EPA Region 8 – Next Steps on Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment – 11-11-2022 (PDF)

DESCRIPTION: Letter to EPA Region 8 Administrator KC Becker requesting meeting on Colorado Department of Public ...

Substantial PFAS Contamination Found in Pesticides in Colorado

Threat to Food Chain Justifies Colorado Ban of All Pesticides Containing PFAS

Colorado Balks at EPA Ozone Reducing Recommendations

State Resists Reforms Identified by Whistleblowers and Confirmed by EPA

COMMENTARY | EPA Continues to Exempt the Most Widespread Bee- and Bird-Killing Insecticides

EPA continues to fail to regulate bee and bird killing pesticides, particularly those used to coat crop seeds.

Fumigant Decision Shows EPA Science at Its Worst

EPA Doubles Down on Mistakes Despite Whistleblower and IG Critiques

Boeing’s Weak Santa Susana Cleanup Triggers Lawsuit

Sweetheart Deal Negotiated Behind Closed Doors Violates CEQA Mandates

EPA Says Hunters Point Will Never Be Fully Cleaned

EPA Plans to Ignore Prop P Mandate and Its Own Superfund Standards

PEERMail | Shocking News on Pesticides

PEER is urgently asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to ban the use of PFAS in pesticides

COMMENTARY | “Climate Smart” Agriculture Requires Better Environmental Assessments

USDA should skip playing the markets and allow for greater public input as it develops its climate programs

Substantial PFAS Contamination Found in Pesticides

Threat to Food Chain Justifies Ban of All Pesticides Containing PFAS

PEERMail | Save the EPA

On September 20, 2022, thousands of people from around the country will take part in a rally outside of the EPA ...

Food Supply Chain Imperiled by PFAS-Laden Barrels

EPA Confirms PFAS in Fluorinated Containers Leach into Contents

COMMENTARY | The Worst Kind of Backroom Deal

It is time to work to stop the Manchin-Schumer side deal to the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

EPA’s Belated PFAS Pesticide Ingredient Ban Does Little

Banning a Dozen Inert Ingredients Does Not Stem PFAS Agricultural Spread

COMMENTARY | PFAS Contamination Study Yields Frightening Results

Environmental contamination of PFAS has exceeded a new planetary boundary or environmental limits within which ...

EPA Routinely Ignores Chemical Risk Calculations

Workers imperiled by failures to flag serious known hazards.

EPA Corrupted Pesticide Risk Assessment to Aid Industry

IG Found Managers Trampled Standard Procedures to Diminish Cancer Risk

COMMENTARY | Environmental Whistleblowers and the Need for Change at EPA

Environmental whistleblowers may not grab the nation's attention but they are vital to creating meaningful ...

EPA Flunks PFAS Chemistry Test

New Advisories Ignore Precursors That Transform into Most Toxic Fluorinated Chemicals

EPA Takes First Baby Steps on PFAS

Nonregulatory Health Advisories on Just Four of Thousands of PFAS

Gaping Hole in Biden PFAS Strategy

Documents Show EPA Has No Consistent Definition of PFAS

COMMENTARY | New Mexico Dairy Farmers’ Toxic Fight

A new Mexico Dairy farmer who lost his entire herd to PFAS contamination is yet another tragic example of the ...

Public Comment on Polymet Mine Permit – Fond du Lac Band’s Objection – 06-16-2022 (PDF)

PEER’s comment to the Army Corps of Engineers regarding the Fond du Lac Band’s Objection to the Proposed Clean ...

COMMENTARY | Fighting Government Secrecy

Government agencies are coming up short in their stewardship of environmental information, and that is having real ...

Letter to EPA and Colorado DPHE- Review of Civil Rights Compliance – 05-09-2022 (PDF)

DESCRIPTION: PEER letter on state of Colorado’s air permitting program with regard to EPA’s nondiscrimination ...

COMMENTARY | EPA’s Myth of Scientific Integrity

The EPA keeps paying lip service to scientific integrity but reality, and the experiences of scientists at EPA, is ...

PEERMail | Getting a Grip on Toxic Chemicals

As thousands of communities throughout the country find their water and food contaminated on with PFAS, the ...

EPA Sued Over Failure to Explain Its Narrow PFAS Definition

EPA’s Definition Misses Many Toxic and Persistent Chemicals

Letter to Sec. Deb Haaland – NODAP at Dept of Interior – 04-19-2022 (PDF)

DESCRIPTION: PEER letter to Secretary Deb Haaland on Interior's continued use of the harsh personnel policy known ...

EPA Scientist Survey Yields Horrific Results

Scientist Feedback Scathing, Not Shared with Staff

Lack of Scientists Dooms EPA Chemical Reviews

Crippling Staff Shortage in Chemical Safety Work Continues in 2022 Budget

COMMENTARY | EPA Sets Low Bar on Chemical Safety – And Trips Over It

EPA staff are under pressure, and often retaliated against, to remove chemical hazard information and to keep ...

“Garden Pathway” Needed for Toxic Cleanups

Safe Fruit & Vegetable Cultivation Should Be EPA Remediation Yardstick

COMMENTARY | EPA Releases PFAS Contamination Information

After PEER FOIAs and a lawsuit, EPA releases a trove of information on PFAS contamination throughout the United ...

“Forever Chemical” Disposal Becoming Eco-Nightmare

EPA Data Depict Vast Uncontrolled and Spreading Web of PFAS Waste

COMMENTARY | Startling New EPA Data on PFAS Waste Disposal

Recently obtained data from EPA documents what is likely only a small fraction of the generation and disposal of ...

EPA Belatedly Posts Industry Chemical Safety Warnings

PEER Suit Prompts EPA to Unearth Over 1,300 Industry Chem Substantial Risk Reports

EPA’s Lax Methane Stance Decried

EPA’s 100-Year Standard for Methane Minimizes Climate Change Impact

Pollution Prosecution Plunge Continues under Biden

EPA Criminal Referrals, Prosecutions, and Convictions Not Rebounding

EPA Tunes Out Industry’s Chemical Safety Alarms

Lawsuit to Excavate 1,200+ Buried Industry Chemical Hazard Reports

Expertise Gaps Plague EPA Chemical Assessments

EPA Lacks Plan to Fill or Retain Critical Scientific Specialist Positions

EPA Hid Cancer Danger of “Green” Chemical It Promotes

Auto Workers and Consumers Exposed without Any Health Warnings

EPA Sued Over Refusal to Regulate Corrosive 9/11 Dust

Suit Seeks Redress for 9/11 First Responders Suffering Respiratory Injuries

COMMENTARY | Curing EPA’s Culture of Corruption

Instead of wasting resources to stamp out dissent, EPA needs to clean up corruption in its management chain.

COMMENTARY | To Regulate “Super Greenhouse Gases” Congress Must Act

Congressional action is needed reduce the use of Sulfur Hexafluoride, the most potent “super greenhouse gas” known ...

Letter to Charles Sams – NPS Voices Survey – 11-15-2021 (PDF)

DESCRIPTION: Letter to regarding the NPS Voices listening tour and report identifying culture of employee ...

COMMENTARY | Is EPA Playing with Funny Numbers in its Methane Proposal?

The EPA is undervaluing the short term Global Warming Potential of methane gas in its most recent regulation proposal.

EPA Employees Pan State of Scientific Integrity

Many in New Survey Report Misconduct, Retaliation, and Feelings of Futility  

PEERMail | Reversing EPA’s Pesticide Failures

EPA needs good scientists who want to work in environments where they feel supported and respected, even in the ...

Letter to House Subcommittee – Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act – 10-26-2021 (PDF)

DESCRIPTION: Implementation of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act TO: House Energy ...

EPA’s Pesticides Office Labeled as a Failure

Groups Push Array of Immediate Reforms

EPA’s PFAS Action Plan A Dud

Response Too Weak and Limited to Protect Public Health 

PEERMail | From PFAS to Climate Change: Are we Moving Forward Yet?

While we have many reasons to be optimistic, the Biden Administration's environmental actions so far are falling short.

California May Have Second Most PFAS Sites of Any State

EPA Identifies 120,000 Potential PFAS Sites in U.S. – Far More Than Ever  

EPA Identifies More Than 120,000 Potential PFAS Sites in U.S.  

Limited Reporting and Growing Corporate Secrecy Blur Clearer Picture   

Colorado May Have the Most PFAS Sites of Any State  

EPA Identifies Around 120,000 Potential PFAS Sites in U.S. – Far More Than Ever  

Revealed | EPA Data on potential PFAS Sites

The scale of potential PFAS problems is several times larger than previously understood - more than 120,000 ...

COMMENTARY | EPA Needs to Change Methane Rules

EPA now needs to update its rules for methane – and ground those rules in the 20-year outlook that the latest ...

EPA Science Integrity Program Is Beacon of False Hope  

No Findings of Political Interference under Trump; Most Complaints Ignored 

Webinar | Hair on Fire and Yes Packages!

Second in a series of webinars that examines how risk assessments for new chemicals have been improperly altered ...

Colorado AG Probe Confirms Air Pollution Failures  

Pollution Permits Improperly Issued; Managers Took “Unjustified” Actions   

PEERMail | Another Litmus Test for EPA

After years of EPA retaliation against employees, the Etzel case is shaping up to be a litmus test for the new EPA ...

Letter to David S. Ferriero – Records Act Violations – 08-26-2021 (PDF)

DESCRIPTION: Letter to David S. Ferriero regarding Federal Records Act Violations by the EPA TO: David S. ...

EPA Illegally Destroying Internal Records

Assessments and Comments Routinely Overwritten, Obliterating Drafts

COMMENTARY | EPA’s Toxic Culture: Oversight Update

There have been several positive developments in PEER’s efforts to expose the corrupt culture within EPA’s new ...

PEERMail | EPA Corruption: New Revelations

EPA whistleblowers reveal a culture where scientific fraud and harassment are committed to serve the chemical industry.

EPA Scientists Should be Able to Consult with Colleagues

Bans on Internal Communication Undercut Scientific Quality and Integrity

Letter to Dr. Michal Freedhoff – Chemicals Division -08-10-2021 (PDF)

DESCRIPTION: Letter to Dr. Michal Freedhoff regarding the hardships in the New Chemicals Division at the EPA TO: ...

EPA Chemical Reviews Corrupted by Industry Influence 

Zero Chemicals Disapproved in Thoroughly Broken Risk Assessment Process  

Letter to Representative DeGette – 08-03-2021 (PDF) 

DESCRIPTION: Letter to Representative DeGette regarding the chemical industry’s influence over EPA’s ...

PEERMail | Whistleblowers Making a Difference

On Whistleblower Appreciation Day, we honor those who stand up for strong environmental protections and work for ...

Webinar | Toxic Chemicals, Whistleblowers, and the Need for Reform at EPA

New and dangerous chemicals are being approved at an alarming rate by EPA.

COMMENTARY | EPA’s Pesticide Office – A Plague on Us All

Reforming EPA’s thoroughly broken pesticide program is a bipartisan problem and will not happen without a powerful ...

PEERMail | Toxic Corruption at EPA

EPA is shirking oversight with new chemical approvals and a toxic workplace makes objecting to this corruption dangerous.

Letter to Michael Regan – transparency -07-08-2021 (PDF) 

DESCRIPTION: Letter to Michael Regan regarding transparency and openness at the EPA – especially within the Office ...

Are EPA Scientists Allowed to Talk with a Reporter?

New Administrator Says Yes but Managers Say No – Go to Public Affairs

EPA Risk Assessments Doctored to Mask Hazards

Managers Remove Elements of Risk without Analysts’ Knowledge or Consent

Letter to Representative Ro Khanna – 06-28-2021 (PDF) 

DESCRIPTION: Letter to Representative Ro Khanna regarding fraud and corruption in the Office of Chemical Safety ...

EPA Can Keep Formaldehyde Assessment Under Wraps 

Under Recent Supreme Court Ruling, EPA May Withhold Entire Report  

Letter to Michael Regan – pesticides – 06-15-2021 (PDF)

DESCRIPTION: Letter to EPA regarding the improper fast-tracked approval of pesticides containing PFAS and (up to ...

Letter to Scientific Integrity Task Force – 06-14-2021 (PDF) 

DESCRIPTION: Letter to the Scientific Integrity Task Force regarding scientific integrity within the ...

Letter to Megan McCarthy – 06-11-2021 (PDF) 

DESCRIPTION: Letter to Megan McCarthy regarding the 2021 Annual Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) Report TO: Air Quality ...

Letter to EPA Acting Regional Administrator Deb Thomas – 06-07-2021 (PDF) 

Letter to the Acting Regional Administrator Deb Thomas regarding complaints within the Colorado Department of ...

Letter to Scientific Integrity Task Force – 05-27-2021 (PDF) 

DESCRIPTION: Letter to Scientific Integrity Task Force regarding how the Scientific Integrity Policies mask ...

COMMENTARY | What is Going On with Colorado Air Quality?

Colorado has been undermining its own air pollution experts for years in favor of easing requirements for polluters.

  Former EPA Children’s Health chief has whistleblower hearing next week – September 13 through 15 

press advisory

Federal Action Needed to Cut Colorado Air Pollution   

Illegal Cherokee Plant Emission Permit Worsens Environmental Justice Gap  

Letter to Michael Regan – Cherokee Power Plant, Colorado – 05-10-2021 (PDF) 

DESCRIPTION: Letter to Michael Regan regarding environmental justice issues around the Cherokee power plant in ...

Letter to Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser – Air Quality Standards – 05-07-2021 (PDF) 

DESCRIPTION: Request to Expand Scope of Investigation by Special Assistant Attorneys General into Non-Enforcement ...

EPA Scientist Wins Award Amid Fight To Win Her Job Back  

Dr. Etzel Seeks Return to Helm of Office of Children’s Health Protection 

Webinar | EPA’s Broken Pesticides Program

Webinar on steps that the Biden administration must take to fix its broken pesticides program at the EPA. 

Letter to the EPA Inspector General Requesting Review of Colorado Air Quality Non-Enforcement (PDF)

DESCRIPTION: Request for Review of Intentional Non-Enforcement of National Ambient Air Quality Standards by ...

Letter to Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment – Air Quality Standards – 03/30/2021 (PDF)

DESCRIPTION: Letter to Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment to request that Colorado meet all ...

Letter to Inspector General O’Donnell – 03-30-2021 (PDF) 

DESCRIPTION: Letter to Inspector General O’Donnell regarding the violations of law, mismanagement, and abuse of ...
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