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New EPA Policy to Comply with Endangered Species Law Leaves Unanswered Questions for Pesticide Uses

by Beyond Pesticides | January 20, 2022
EPA does provide some indication that this will not be its only substantive action on pesticide use. “Incorporating ESA assessments into the registration process for new pesticides is a key component of EPA’s larger effort to meet the Agency’s ESA obligations efficiently and ...

Survey: Burnout, morale hamper EPA chemicals office

by E&E News Greenwire | January 19, 2022
Among the staff positions needed within the office are biologists, chemists and toxicologists, EPA said, as well as chemical engineers, physical scientists and microbiologists. Those roles are all key for shaping work carried out under TSCA, including critical risk assessments meant to ...

Funding Questions Arise Over Padre Island Sea Turtle Program

by National Parks Traveler | January 18, 2022
“This recent funding strengthens the STSR program because it shows commitment to furthering the science and understanding of Kemp’s ridley sea turtles,” Taylor told the Traveler in an email last week. “Think of it as dividing and conquering; Dr. Shaver and the ...

Group sues US EPA for hiding risk information

by Chemical & Engineering News | January 18, 2022
When chemical manufacturers obtain information that a substance in the marketplace poses a substantial risk to human health or the environment, they are required to notify the US Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA made such notifications publicly available for decades. Then, without ...

Why Joe Biden’s bid to restore scientific integrity matters

by Nature | January 17, 2022
Evi Emmenegger spent 28 years as a research microbiologist at the Western Fisheries Research Center in Seattle, Washington, a biosafety laboratory operated by the US Geological Survey (USGS). It was home to numerous pathogens, including exotic and invasive viruses. Emmenegger says that, in ...

Unregulated Corrosive 9/11 Dust Lands EPA in Court

by Environmental News Service | January 17, 2022
That was a critical danger facing first responders who arrived at the World Trade Center in September 2001 without health warnings or any personal protective equipment. The PEER lawsuit seeks a 10-fold tightening of the alkaline level of wastes classified as “corrosive” and thus “ ...

Spanberger leading effort to prevent insider trading by members of Congress

by Augusta Free Press | January 16, 2022
“In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw the public react to accusations of insider trading by lawmakers — not with shock, but with a shrug. The perception of insider trading itself, let alone the practice of it, by members of Congress is damaging to our democracy,” said ...

Roy: The largest-ever wild horse roundup has resumed in Wyoming, but who does it benefit?

by Casper Star Tribune | January 15, 2022
The 3.8-million-member Sierra Club has called out the BLM’s bias against wild horses in resource allocation and called for the removal of livestock from designated wild horse habitat areas instead of removing horses. Other groups, including Western Watersheds Project, Center for ...

White House plan aims to protect science from politics

by E&E News Greenwire | January 12, 2022
Kyla Bennett, a national director for the group Public Employees for Environmental Protection, has been critical of EPA’s handling of longstanding problems in its chemical office (Greenwire, Dec. 23, 2021). She applauded the report’s mention of minimizing conflicts of interest and ...

National Park Service hires firm to study employee morale, then shelved report for 2 years

by Fronteras | January 12, 2022
The Park Service hired a consultant to do a more in-depth study, but it shelved it until recently, when it was leaked to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. “The core message of the report, that openness and transparency, were the best things that they could do moving ...

Health officials seek to broaden PFAS inquiry

by MV Times | January 12, 2022
Oak Bluffs health officials have concluded the scope of their investigation into per- and poly-fluoralkyl substances (PFAS) needs to broaden. On Tuesday, the town’s board of health held its second hearing on a proposed regulation to prohibit PFAS-containing artificial turf. Several ...

White House Charts Course for Better Protections of Civil Servant Scientists

by Government Executive | January 12, 2022
The report did not win unanimous plaudits, however, with groups like the Union of Concerned Scientists and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility saying it was too broad and failed to detail how agencies should protect their employees or adjudicate misconduct. “This report is ...

Experts disagree on field findings

by MV Times | January 10, 2022
Kyla Bennett, director of science policy for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), has alleged materials for the proposed synthetic field at Martha’s Vineyard High School have already failed per- and poly-fluoralykyl substances (PFAS) specifications the school self- ...

FAQs about Florida’s BMAP system: Is it effective? Is there a better system?

by TC Palm | January 10, 2022
Florida officials haven’t backed new regulations with the funding required to fulfill them. For example, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS) is supposed to inspect farms every two years to verify they are adhering to best management practices that reduce pollution ...

PEER Files Suit against EPA Seeking TSCA Section 8(e) Reports

by National Law Review | January 8, 2022
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) announced on January 5, 2022, that it filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to compel the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to disclose reports submitted pursuant to Section 8(e) of the Toxic ...

EPA’s failure to disclose chemical health risks draws ire

by E&E Greenwire | January 5, 2022
EPA is failing in its obligation to share critical information about the hazards of more than 1,200 chemicals on the market, according to a watchdog group. In a complaint filed yesterday and first reported today by E&E News, the organization Public Employees for Environmental ...

Biden admin advances key toxic chemicals decisions

by E&E News Greenwire | January 3, 2022
The end of the year is typically a busy time for EPA, but last week’s announcements mark deliverables for an agency that is facing steep hurdles in its chemicals office. Members of the watchdog organization Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility have been pushing for ...

Looking Ahead To Coverage Of The National Park System In 2022…

by National Parks Traveler | December 30, 2021
The National Park Service Voices Report, launched in late 2017 with interviews with Park Service employees to uncover the extent of harassment across the agency, was completed two years later. Then-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke called for the investigation after a survey showing that  ...

NGO faults US EPA for overlooking existing substance toxicity in new chemical reviews

by Chemical Watch | December 29, 2021
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) has filed a complaint against the US EPA for allowing onto the market a new substance whose synthesis entails an environmentally beneficial but cancer-causing solvent – a decision the organisation says exemplifies the agency’s ...

Oregon Man Takes the Helm at the National Park Service

by Albany Democrat Herald | December 29, 2021
But in a November letter to Sams, a group called Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility accused the park service of burying the report and encouraged Sams to take action and remove toxic employees from the service. Sams said the park service has been doing work in the past three ...