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Court Ruling Retains e-Bike Rules In National Parks, But Calls For Study Of Impacts

by National Parks Traveler | May 26, 2022
While the National Park Service failed three years ago to carefully study the potential impact of e-Bike use in the National Park System, a federal judge did not block their use but simply directed the agency to take “a hard look” at positive and negative impacts. U.S. District ...

National Park Service Ordered to Take New Look at E-Bike Rule

by Bloomberg Law | May 25, 2022
The National Park Service’s rule that opened the parks system to e-bikes needs further environmental review, but tossing the rule isn’t warranted, a Washington, D.C., federal judge decided in a partial win for conservation groups. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and ...

A pass for polluting? Environmental groups, employees say EPA enforcement efforts lacking

by Daily Magazine | May 21, 2022
The data fits with the experiences of Tim Whitehouse, a former senior attorney at the EPA who helped enforce water pollution laws in the 1990s and early 2000s. During his tenure, Whitehouse said, he felt the agency was supported by Congress, which provided higher funding and more ...

Minnesota agency asserts authority over carbon capture pipelines

by AgWeek | May 20, 2022
But some landowners in the path of proposed pipelines have expressed concerns about safety, damage to farmland and drain tile, and the use of eminent domain by companies to gain right-of-way. The PUC decided that pressurized carbon dioxide is a toxic or corrosive gas, therefore subject to ...

Minnesota PUC says it can write rules for carbon capture pipelines

by Twin Cities.com Pioneer Press | May 20, 2022
The PUC decided that pressurized carbon dioxide is a toxic or corrosive gas, therefore subject to the PUC’s existing regulatory authority. Attorney Hudson Kingston, representing Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, also testified that legislators “were saying that the ...

Minnesota moves to regulate carbon dioxide pipelines

by Minnesota Public Radio | May 19, 2022
While carbon dioxide is not harmful to humans in small amounts — it’s exhaled in every breath we take — in high concentrations CO2 can displace oxygen within the gas plume. “The fact that purified and highly pressurized carbon dioxide gas can explode out of pipelines and suffocate ...

Interior seeks FOIA reinforcements amid mixed backlog progress

by Politico | May 16, 2022
The Interior Department’s latest Freedom of Information Act report reveals both progress and slippage on the persistent backlogs that officials hope to whittle down with the help of a budget proposal coming before Congress this week. In the second-quarter report of 2020, the backlogged ...

Environment Groups Want EPA Do More To Protect Manatees, Wildlife

by CBS 4 Miami | May 14, 2022
2022 is close to turning into another record year for manatee deaths in Florida. In the first two months of the year, there have been 400 manatee deaths, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. Now several conservation organizations have sued the Environmental ...

A pass for polluting? Environmental groups, employees say EPA enforcement efforts lacking

by Yahoo News | May 13, 2022
The data fits with the experiences of Tim Whitehouse, a former senior attorney at EPA who helped enforce water pollution laws in the 1990s and early 2000s. During his tenure, Whitehouse said, he felt the agency was supported by Congress, which provided both higher funding and more ...

As EPA Oversight of Pesticides Shrinks, Workload Doubles—Raising Safety Concerns

by Beyond Pesticides | May 13, 2022
In January 2022, Beyond Pesticides wrote about the emerging changes emanating from EPA in relation to its OPP ESA efforts: “Beyond Pesticides joined with Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and three dozen allied groups to lay out what a ‘larger effort’ to ...

Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ To Be Banned From Some Consumer Products Sold In Colorado, After Legislature Passes Bill

by CBS Denver | May 11, 2022
A bill restricting the sale of consumer products containing PFAS, commonly known as “forever chemicals,” has passed both the Colorado house and senate, and is on its way to the governor’s desk to become law. The bill stipulates some PFAS products will be banned as early as 2025. PFAS ...

Trump Showed How Easy It Is To Break The EPA. It’s Much Harder To Fix It.

by Buzzfeed News | May 6, 2022
But standing in the way of the new EPA vision is a lack of resources, staff, and more support from across the government. For one, the Supreme Court is currently reviewing a case that could sharply limit the agency’s ability to regulate greenhouse gasses that drive climate change. The ...

Denver Parks and Recreation Department Monitoring Possible PFAS

by Westword | May 6, 2022
Chandra Rosenthal, Rocky Mountain office director for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, lives near Robinson Park, located at 200 Fairfax Street. When the park’s playground got an update thanks to a 2017 Elevate Bond, Rosenthal was concerned that artificial turf was part ...

Lawsuit seeks to unravel mystery over 2018 mass whale stranding near Adak

by KMXT | May 2, 2022
ight whales that washed up on the shores of Adak – near the tip of the Aleutian chain – back in the summer of 2018 are at the center of the suit. They are whales that relatively little is known about – called Stejneger’s beaked whales. It’s not even clear what their population is ...

Whistleblowers Serve a Vital Function. Governments Should Treat Them Better.

by Governing | April 29, 2022
The reason that Manata’s story is repeated all over the country is because state and local governments are not hospitable places for whistleblowing. This is due in part to an incoherent mosaic of state laws purporting to protect whistleblowers. According to a compilation of ...

PFAS Definitions Spur Group’s Lawsuit Seeking EPA Documents

by Bloomberg Law | April 28, 2022
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility asked a federal district court Thursday to compel the EPA to turn over agency records that could offer insight into the rationale behind the chemical office’s PFAS definition. PEER’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) complaint alleges ...

Forest Service takes the lead in e-bike access

by E&E News Greenwire | April 27, 2022
Ultimately, the legality of e-bikes on public lands is likely to be settled in the courts. A decision is expected soon in a lawsuit seeking to block the NPS e-bike policy filed by the advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Judge Rudolph Contreras of the ...

Trump firing policy still on the books at Interior, DOE

by E&E News Greenwire | April 26, 2022
The Interior Department has kept a strict Trump-era firing policy in place, something critics say contradicts President Joe Biden’s order to protect the federal workforce. The group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or PEER, has called on Interior Secretary Deb Haaland ...

State Department criticized over foreign research vessel issues

by The Cordova Times | April 24, 2022
A statement released in mid-April by PEER contends that the State Department is approving this foreign vessel research without requiring that these vessels get the same permits domestic researchers must or monitoring their activities. PEER noted the largest recorded beaching of rare Bering ...

Turf Opponents Urge Planning Board to Require Grass Fields

by Vineyard Gazette | April 23, 2022
“The number of environmental groups that have weighed in support of it is zero,” Mr. Houser said.An environmental advocacy group, VCS has opposed the artificial turf project at hearings and in its Conservation Almanac, a regular newsletter. Mr. Houser took note of recent events on ...