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National Park Service, FAA Ordered To Explain Delays With Air Tour Plans

by National Parks Traveler | June 28, 2022
The one-paragraph order handed down Tuesday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia directs the two agencies to “(1) explain why the agencies were unaware that they were behind schedule as of their November 24, 2021 status report; (2) propose firm compliance dates ...

One Planet: Whistleblowers say EPA downplays risks of new chemicals

by KALW | June 27, 2022
On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we speak with Kyla Bennett, a lawyer who represents five EPA scientists turned whistleblowers. They allege that managers and career staff in the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention tampered with the assessments ...

PFAS subgroups could be subject to Superfund law

by E & E News | June 22, 2022
The group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility has been one of many organizations repeatedly calling for class-based regulation that would see all PFAS facing restrictions. “The more we learn, the more toxic we understand these chemicals to be,” said Kyla Bennett, ...

Chemical board chair faced EPA watchdog investigation

by E&E Greenwire | June 22, 2022
The revelation that OIG launched a review of Lemos comes amid an unfolding saga that has seen her resigning from the agency. In an email obtained by the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, Lemos told CSB staff that she was providing six weeks of notice, “ ...

Chemical Safety Board Chair Katherine Lemos resigns

by Safety+Health Magazine | June 21, 2022
“As requested by Congress and the Executive Branch, I contributed significantly to restoring the integrity and efficiency of the CSB in meeting its mission,” Lemos wrote in an email to agency staffers posted online by watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility ...

ATMO America: Scientist Urges U.S. EPA to Broaden Definition of PFAS to Include F-Gases, TFA

by R744 | June 20, 2022
More recently, in a suit against the EPA in April, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a Washington, D.C.-based NGO, alleged that the agency was “withholding documents explaining why it has adopted an exceedingly limited definition of [PFAS].” EPA subsequently ...

Interactive map shows rangeland heath, some areas failing

by Lake County Examiner | June 20, 2022
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) has released a new interactive map showing which cattle ranching allotments through the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) meet the land health standards and which have not. PEER used data that it obtained through Freedom of Information ...

Monument ahead of the game in minimizing plastic waste

by Grand Junction Sentinel | June 17, 2022
Last seek Interior Secretary Deb Haaland issued an order seeking to reduce the procurement, sale and distribution of single-use plastic products and packaging, with a goal of phasing out single-use plastic products on all lands managed by the Interior Department by 2032. According to ...

Inside the contentious Trump-Biden appointee fight on the chemical safety board

by The Hill | June 17, 2022
The fight with the two board members is not the only controversy swirling around Lemos, who has come under criticism from outside groups for her spending on travel and other expenses. The organization Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) reported last year that ...

New Advisory for ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Drinking Water Announced by EPA

by EcoWatch | June 16, 2022
“EPA had the courage to follow the science. This is a step in the right direction,″ said co-facilitator of the National PFAS Contamination Coalition Stel Bailey, as The Associated Press reported. The new guidelines only address four out of about 9,000 PFAS compounds, reported The ...

Chemical Safety Board Chair Resigns

by ISS Source | June 16, 2022
Lemos changed her duty station — where she’s officially based — to San Diego, rather than Washington, according to a report in The Hill. The agency said this change was more aligned with where she is working remotely as the agency continues to telework. The change was confirmed by ...

Pesticides Are Spreading Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals,’ Scientists Warn

by Scientific American | June 15, 2022
But what Reardon calls stability, others call persistence. Data compiled by Alexandrino and his team show half-lives (the amounts of time it takes chemicals to dissipate by half in the environment) ranging from a few days to 2.5 years for top-selling fluorinated pesticides. That is less ...

Tracy’s Travesty: New Boss Same as the Old Boss at Bureau of Land Management

by CounterPunch | June 15, 2022
It’s too bad for conservationists and all Americans, but Tracy Stone-Manning, Biden’s new Bureau of Land Management (BLM) director, is continuing the Trump administration’s policy of destructive public land grazing. The BLM administers 246 million acres of public land, mainly in the ...

Environmental concerns raised: Vote passes to regulate CO2 pipelines running through OTC

by Fergus Falls Journal | June 15, 2022
The MN PUC took up the issue of CO2 pipelines after CURE submitted petitions about the two current CO2 pipeline projects to the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board in late 2021. The health and safety concerns of PEER (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility) and other ...

EPA imposes stricter limits on four types of toxic ‘forever chemicals’

by The Guardian | June 15, 2022
While the new levels could have significant consequences, they still represent “baby steps” in addressing the larger PFAS problem, said Tim Whitehouse, a former EPA enforcement attorney and executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. “The EPA should be ...

EPA sets targets for slashing PFAS in drinking water

by E&E News Greenwire | June 15, 2022
And various advocates and experts also voiced concerns over components of EPA’s move. Erik Olson, who directs health and food work for NRDC, questioned the advisory for PFBS, which is significantly higher than the other four chemicals and seemingly out of step with some of the available ...

Trump holdout resigns from embattled chemical board

by E&E News | June 13, 2022
CSB, which operates independently of EPA and oversees national responses to chemical disasters, struggled significantly under the Trump administration, which repeatedly sought to dissolve the board and halt its funding. Lemos became the board’s only member for a time as staffing ...

Parks must review e-bike regs

by Jackson Hole News & Guide | June 11, 2022
In 2019 Interior Secretary David Bernhardt issued an order allowing e-bikes wherever conventional bicycles were allowed. The decree affected about 18,000 miles of Bureau of Land Management trails and 16,000 miles in national parks. A consortium of conservation groups went to court to ...

Environmental groups demand answers from Biden’s EPA on forever chemicals

by Courthouse News Service | June 10, 2022
On Friday, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, an environmental organization, released a press release saying the trove of documents the EPA recently provided to them indicates they have zero consistent definition of PFAS chemicals within the agency and are likely ...

Washington State Considers Limiting E-Bike Park Access

by Governing | June 8, 2022
Efforts to allow e-bikes on trails have already drawn significant pushback, likely offering a preview of the debates to come. When the Trump administration announced a plan to allow all e-bikes on trails allowing bikes at national parks, a group called Public Employees for Environmental ...