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Federal employee whistleblower complaints to OSC fall by nearly half over 5 years

by Federal News Network | February 29, 2024
Federal employees are filing fewer whistleblower disclosures, and reporting fewer complaints of whistleblower retaliation. The Office of Special Counsel, according to recent data analyzed by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), saw a more than 48% decline in ...

Colorado bill aims to plug holes in the state’s past “forever chemical” bans

by Colorado Sun | February 29, 2024
Colorado legislators want to close loopholes in a ban on “forever chemicals” in many consumer products that was passed in 2022, saying the cost to filter out PFAS is overwhelming water treatment agencies and other states have moved faster in regulation. About 21,000 industrial sites in ...

Toxics in Biosolids Fertilizer Prompt Texas Farmers’ Lawsuit

by Environment News Service | February 23, 2024
A product liability lawsuit has been filed against a major manufacturer of biosolids-based fertilizer produced from sewage sludge. The lawsuit seeks compensation for damages caused by exposure to the toxic chemicals the fertilizer contains. Fertilizers produced from sewage sludge contain ...

City officials believed a new South Philly turf field was PFAS-free. Not true, experts say.

by Philadelphia Inquirer | February 23, 2024
A new artificial turf playing field, the centerpiece of a $7.5 million upgrade of South Philadelphia’s Lawrence E. Murphy Recreation Center, is supposed to be free of PFAS, the chemicals that the EPA has linked to cancer, asthma, and a range of other health problems. Sprinturf, the turf ...

States weigh limiting ‘forever chemicals’ definition

by E&E News | February 22, 2024
State lawmakers are facing industry pressure to narrow the definition of “forever chemicals,” a move blasted by scientists for increasing exposure risks. “This is their playbook: Not all PFAS are dangerous,” said Kyla Bennett, director of science policy at Public ...

Tackling the Turf: Unveiling the Hidden Dangers of Artificial Fields and the Cultural Clash in Philadelphia

by BNN Breaking | February 21, 2024
In an era where synthetic fields have become the norm, concerns are mounting over the safety of these man-made surfaces. Investigative reports, including those by David Gambacorta of the Philadelphia Inquirer, have highlighted alarming connections between the chemicals in artificial turf ...

Sears Island picked as the site of Maine’s new offshore wind port

by Bangor Daily News | February 20, 2024
Sears Island in Searsport will serve as the staging ground for Maine’s new offshore wind port, Gov. Janet Mills announced Tuesday. The decision to use about 100 acres of the 941-acre island after years of planning and public feedback was not surprising. The Maine Department of ...

Artificial turf has parents and coaches of cancer-stricken athletes concerned

by Philadelphia Inquirer | February 20, 2024
Across the United States, parents, youth coaches, and medical experts worry that a melange of dangerous chemicals, lurking unseen in an estimated 13,000 artificial turf fields, has made youth athletes sick. In November, the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) reported ...

Dead livestock and poisoned water — Texas farmers sue over PFAS contamination

by The New Lede | February 20, 2024
Two Texas farm families have seen their health decline, their pets and livestock sickened and killed, their water poisoned and and their property values wiped out due to high levels of chemical contamination linked to a company marketing treated sewage sludge as a fertilizer and soil ...

Sewage Sludge and Contaminated Farms

by Progressive Farmer | February 20, 2024
With regulation of sewage-sludge fertilizer mostly unsettled nationally, a pair of Texas farms are suing the waste recycling and biosolids company Synagro for selling fertilizer that the farmers allege has affected their health, contaminated their water supply and left their fields and ...

EPA sets PFAS test for HDPE containers, faces new suit in Inhance case

by Plastics News | February 20, 2024
The Environmental Protection Agency has released a method for measuring PFAS contamination in high density polyethylene containers, a step the agency said will allow industries that use fluorinated plastic bottles and products to better… Read the PEER Story… ...

The Battle For The Skies Over National Parks Drags On

by National Parks Traveler | February 20, 2024
Congress in 2000 passed the National Parks Air Tour Management Act governing scenic flights over national parks outside Alaska and the Grand Canyon National Park, which obtained its own flight plan in 1987. It directed the National Park Service to work with the Federal Aviation ...

Groups Sue EPA For Withholding Information On PFAS Use In Plastics Manufacturing

by Mealey's (Lexis Legal News) | February 16, 2024
Two environmental groups on Feb. 15 sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking a permanent injunction directing it to disclose under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) all “wrongfully withheld documents” ...

Enviro Orgs Sue EPA Over PFAS Data For Plastic Containers

by Law 360 | February 15, 2024
Two environmental groups accused the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday of withholding test data on the presence of forever chemicals in fluorinated plastic containers in response to their Freedom of Information Act request… Read the PEER Story… ...

Lawsuit accuses EPA of withholding ‘forever chemicals’ data

by E&E News | February 15, 2024
Two advocacy groups are suing EPA over claims it withheld data regarding the risks of “forever chemicals” in millions of fluorinated plastic barrels. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and the Center for Environmental Health, the two groups that brought the ...

Data on PFAS in Some Plastics Concealed by EPA, Lawsuit Alleges

by Bloomberg Law | February 15, 2024
The EPA has failed to disclose information the nation’s primary commercial chemicals law requires to be public, allege two nonprofit environmental advocacy groups in a lawsuit filed on Thursday. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and the Center for Environmental ...

Lawsuit Accuses EPA of Hiding Critical Data About Harms of ‘Forever Chemicals’

by Common Dreams | February 15, 2024
A federal lawsuit filed Thursday by a pair of environmental advocacy groups accuses the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of “wrongfully withholding test data and other vital information” regarding the presence of so-called “forever chemicals” in millions of ...

PEER: Point Reyes National Seashore Cattle Deals Cost Taxpayers

by National Parks Traveler | February 13, 2024
The National Park Service is failing to recover fair market value on the leases for beef and dairy ranches at Point Reyes National Seashore, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which claims taxpayers are losing millions of dollars on the operations. The advocacy ...

Amid Damning Criticism of Its Scientific Integrity, EPA Takes Public Comments on Updated Policy

by Beyond Pesticides | February 12, 2024
As the U.S. Environmental Protection (EPA) takes public comments on its updated scientific integrity policy (until February 23, 2024), Beyond Pesticides issued an action and reminds the agency that when it fails to carry out its mission to protect health and the environment—by allowing ...

EPA rejects Colorado permits for Weld County oil complex, citing problems in ozone fight

by Colorado Sun | February 7, 2024
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has rejected four Colorado-issued air pollution permits at Weld County oil and gas processing sites, saying the state must rewrite the permits to ensure ozone-causing chemicals are burned off before hitting the atmosphere. Environmental advocates ...
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