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PEER in the News

Recent press clips from national publications that relate to PEER issues, campaigns and news releases.

County Probes Whether Dust Drifted From Contaminated Field Lab Site Because of Detonations

The activists allege that the state’s Department of Toxic Substances Control, which is overseeing the long-planned cleanup, allowed the energy department to “dynamite” the two buildings without proper dust control to prevent the spread of contamination. “This was an explosive blunder by DTSC in its bungled oversight in places like Santa Susana,” Jeff Ruch, Pacific director of nonprofit...
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The EPA Finally Plans to Regulate Toxic, Widespread ‘Forever Chemicals’

The EPA will also consider designating certain PFAS as hazardous substances and require polluters to pay for clean-up efforts under the Superfund law. But some environmental and health advocates say the EPA’s plan is too little, too late. The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility criticized the roadmap in a statement, saying it merely put forth “promises...
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Guest Column: BLM’s wild horse program needs reform

Two organizations, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and Western Watersheds Project, have both used the BLM’s own data to show that it is livestock, not horses, that are responsible for damaging our public lands. It’s revealing that the BLM pushed the narrative that the iconic and beloved Sand Wash Basin horses of northwestern Colorado had...
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Hampton Took Heroic Actions as Whistleblower

My organization represents whistleblowers. Our mission is to protect the employees who protect our environment. That entails supporting public employees in their efforts to ensure transparency in government and science-based decision making. Not surprisingly, the most common barrier our clients face is politics interfering with the ability to do their jobs. Wolf reintroduction in Colorado...
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National Park Disservice

National Park Service employees told consultants hired by the agency in 2018 that they felt disrespected, consistently witnessed or experienced abusive behavior and generally were subject to a toxic work environment. But agency leadership never disclosed the results of that review internally or externally. The report came to light only after Public Employees for Environmental...
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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Releases New Water Quality Guidance Standards

A Long Island environmental group, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), released a map of where PFAS chemicals are being used at industrial facilities across the state. Organizations representing local governments, parents, and teachers, and communities are urging New York Governor Kathy Hochul to sign a bill that would mandatet additional water quality testing of these chemicals, reported...
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A 2019 Report Found National Parks Employees Felt Abused and Harassed, but the Agency Never Released It

The report came to light only after Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility disclosed it on Monday. The National Park Service subsequently distributed it to employees and posted it on its website. PEER accused NPS of seeking to bury the report, and while the agency said it has made progress on improving its culture, it conceded the report’s...
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Environmental groups say safety measures lacking as Santa Susana Field Lab buildings demolished

The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and Parents Against Santa Susana Field Lab wrote in the letter that the state Department of Toxic Substances Control, also known as DTSC, endangered public health in communities adjacent to the 2850 acres-acre field allowing contractors for the Department of Energy to blow up with explosives the Sodium Cleaning...
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Watchdog Group Claims NPS Buried Harassment Report, Agency Disagrees

At Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, officials claimed the report was intentionally “buried” to the detriment of the Park Service’s workforce. “The Park Service has turned a deaf ear to a cry for help from its own workforce,” said Rocky Mountain PEER Director Chandra Rosenthal. “It is unlikely that the deep internal dysfunction the report described...
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NPS accused of shelving employee report on ‘toxic culture’

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility today accused the National Park Service of “burying” a 2018 report that provided a detailed and critical look at the agency’s long-standing struggles with employee harassment and its “toxic culture.” The report cited “the pervasiveness of disrespectful and abusive behavior” within the park system, with employees complaining of “lack of responsiveness, insensitivity...
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