News Clips

Group seeks lead ban on NPS lands

by Grand Forks Herald | November 26, 2022
The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility nonprofit group has filed a petition to ban the use of lead ammunition and fishing tackle on all property managed by the National Park Service, the Columbus-based Sportsmen’s Alliance reported in a news release. According to the ...

Groups petition to ban lead ammo and tackle in national parks

by Wyoming Public Media | November 23, 2022
Chandra Rosenthal with the advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or PEER, said banning lead ammo and fishing tackle is an easy step for the federal government to take to meet its conservation goals. “This is not 1823, right? We’re going into 2023,” ...

NPS Explains Approach To Crafting Air Management Tours At Bryce Canyon National Park

by National Parks Traveler | November 23, 2022
Under the Bryce Canyon plan, which takes effect in January, up to 515 air tours per year may be flown over the park on defined routes. At Public Employees For Environmental Responsibility, Jeff Ruch has said the two agencies were bypassing the NEPA requirements and simply grandfathering ...

Where Have All the Snow Crabs Gone?

by | November 23, 2022
In 2021, with the help of the nonprofit watchdog Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a whistleblower came forward.8 In a complaint filed under the Information Quality Act, he alleged that “managers pushed the natural mortality story because they knew it might divert ...

State backs air tour limits over Marin’s national parks

by Marin Independent Journal | November 23, 2022
Jeff Ruch, a regional director for the nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, said the new rules are not only long overdue but also lack proper environmental studies to prove they would actually reduce disturbances to wildlife. Ruch said one example of this in the ...

Speaker Pelosi’s farewell gift to San Francisco should be a clean Hunters Point

by San Francisco Examiner | November 22, 2022
As U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi enters her last weeks in leadership, she has the unique opportunity to leave her city an invaluable gift that has eluded it for decades — a fully remediated Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. The shipyard sits on 638 acres of bayfront property in The City’ ...

Did climate change really kill billions of snow crabs in Alaska? Here’s what experts say

by The News Tribune | November 19, 2022
“During the past few years, as the numbers of some major Bering Sea crab stocks have approached the vanishing point, climate change and ocean warming have received most of the blame in the news media,” Dew said by email. “Overfishing and trawl bycatch have gotten relatively little ...

Report: Livestock, not wild horses, have degraded public lands

by Casper Star Tribune | November 19, 2022
Not much, a conservation group’s analysis of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) data found earlier this month — raising questions about the value of ongoing efforts to reduce the number of horses inhabiting federal lands used for livestock grazing, which has a significantly bigger ...

Groups Ask National Park Service To End Use Of Lead-Based Ammo And Tackle In Parks

by National Parks Traveler | November 18, 2022
“Banning lead from our national parks would be one of the single biggest conservation advances in a generation,” said Rocky Mountain PEER Director Chandra Rosenthal, noting that early in the Obama years the NPS briefly announced such a ban, called “Get the Lead Out.” but reversed ...

Greens urge National Park Service to ban lead

by E&E News | November 17, 2022
Citing risks to animals that ingest lead either directly or through lead-contaminated prey, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and two other green organizations urged NPS action. “Banning lead from our national parks would be one of the single biggest conservation ...

Guest column: EPA has lost its way

by The New Lede | November 16, 2022
It has been more than 20 years since I worked as a senior attorney at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), using my legal training to help enforce the Clean Water Act and advise agency managers on a range of hazardous waste issues ...

Delray Joins National Water Lawsuit and Boca’s Election Ballot Shrinks

by Boca Magazine | November 15, 2022
PFAs are known as “forever chemicals” because they take so long to break down. They are used in the production of such products as non-stick pans and waterproof jackets. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, exposure to excessive levels of PFAs can cause cancer, ...

National Park Service Silent On Charges It’s Skirting Environmental Laws With Air Tour Plans

by National Parks Traveler | November 9, 2022
But that approach has led to criticisms that the NPS and the Federal Aviation Administration, which were told by Congress in 2000 to develop the plans, are bypassing the NEPA requirements and simply grandfathering in existing numbers of allowed flights. “… NPS and FAA took the ...

Four States Just Got a ‘Trifecta’ of Democratic Control, Paving the Way for Climate and Clean Energy Legislation

by Inside Climate News | November 9, 2022
The new administration can empower state regulatory agencies by appointing leadership that prioritizes clean and affordable energy policies, said Emily Scarr, director of Maryland PIRG, the Baltimore-based consumer advocacy group. It would send a clear message that it plans to hold ...

Did climate change really kill billions of snow crabs in Alaska?

by MongaBay | November 7, 2022
Carter Braxton Dew, a former NOAA fisheries biologist who worked for the agency for 25 years, agreed that climate change probably isn’t solely responsible for the snow crab’s disappearance. “During the past few years, as the numbers of some major Bering Sea crab stocks have ...

New Evidence Shows Pesticides Contain PFAS, and the Scale of Contamination Is Unknown

by Civil Eats | November 7, 2022
At the time, no one was talking about PFAS in pesticides, and Lasee didn’t know what to make of his results. That changed last year, when he began to see news coming out of two states. First, in December 2020, the nonprofit organization Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility ( ...

How the Hulk Took EPA to Task Over Forever Chemicals

by E & E News | November 4, 2022
The document went on: “In addition, he has been retweeting stories after you made the announcement that say that ‘experts say the plan isn’t enough,’” as well as stories that “emphasize” Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and attorney Robert Bilott, the memo ...

Are scientific bottom trawling efforts in the Gulf of Mexico damaging habitats?

by National Fisherman | November 3, 2022
That insight caused some government and private agencies to change how they capture information about seabed ecosystems. However, NOAA’s bottom trawling efforts in the Gulf of Mexico remained mostly unchanged, which recently compelled the advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental ...

What killed off billions of Alaska’s snow crabs?

by Salon | October 28, 2022
A whistleblower who once worked with NOAA released a report in 2021 in Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, detailing supposed data falsification and other dishonest activities NOAA conducted. The report claims that “scientific fraud” is why the snow crab ...

Op-ed | The dirty secret behind some ‘clean energy’ offers

by The Hill | October 26, 2022
As our climate spins out of control, an urgent need exists for clean energy advocates and watchdog organizations to ensure that protecting climate-conscious energy consumers goes hand in hand with efforts to support programs to address the climate crisis. A recent Maryland study  ...