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PUBLIC LANDS: BLM EXPLORES ‘FLEXIBILITY’ FOR RANCHERS ON GRAZING PERMITS

by | September 25, 2017
From: E & E News “The proposal comes less than a year after data compiled by Interior on the nearly 155 million acres on which grazing occurs showed that at least a quarter of federal rangelands don’t meet land health standards (Greenwire, Oct. 7, 2016). Public Employees for ...

REP. THREATENED WSU FUNDING, COMPLAINT STATES

by | September 22, 2017
From: The Daily Evergreen “Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility listed a number of ethics violation allegations over the past decade, many of which involve threats to withhold university funding, including for the new Elson. S. Floyd College of Medicine and the Plant ...

ANGRY THAT SCOTT PRUITT PULLS AGENTS OFF ENVIRONMENTAL INVESTIGATIONS FOR HIS SECURITY DETAIL? THEN STOP DEMONIZING HIM

by | September 22, 2017
From: Washington Examiner “So when the executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility Jeff Ruch attacks Pruitt for allowing the “evaporation of criminal enforcement,” he should really be asking why his organization has demonized the administrator to ...

SCOTT PRUITT IS USING EPA INVESTIGATORS AS HIS PERSONAL BODYGUARDS

by | September 22, 2017
From: Death And Taxes ““These guys signed on to work on complex environmental cases, not to be an executive protection detail,” Michael Hubbard, former head of the EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division office in Boston, told the Post. “It’s not only not what they want to do, ...

INSTEAD OF PROTECTING THE EARTH, EPA AGENTS NOW FORCED TO SERVE AS PRUITT BODYGUARDS

by | September 22, 2017
From: Common Dreams “”[F]ewer agents generate fewer cases leading to ever-fewer convictions down the road,” Ruch concluded. “ Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

COMPLAINT CLAIMS WASHINGTON LAWMAKER PRESSURED WSU TO PUNISH WOLF RESEARCHER

by | September 20, 2017
From: Northwest Public Radio “PEER has filed an ethics complaint, citing numerous incidents over the past six years where Kretz contacted WSU administrators and researchers and issued threats in order to dictate the direction of the schools carnivore research, specifically that of Dr. ...

AT EPA, GUARDING THE CHIEF PULLS AGENTS FROM PURSUING ENVIRONMENTAL CRIMES

by | September 20, 2017
From: Washington Post “Even before Pruitt’s security team expanded, the number of special agents inside the Criminal Investigation Division was declining. According to documents obtained by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility under the Freedom of Information Act, their ...

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION NOMINEE WANTS TO OPEN PRISTINE ALASKAN REFUGE TO DRILLING

by | September 20, 2017
From: Think Progress “During his time as an aide at the agency during the George W. Bush administration, current Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt “substantially rewrote official biological assessments to falsely downplay impacts of drilling” in the refuge, according to Public ...

USGS: THOUSANDS OF WEBPAGES ARE GONE. AGENCY BLAMES SEARCH TOOL

by | September 19, 2017
From: Climatewire “”California is signaling its attempt to limit the effect of the Trump presidency,” said Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which helped draft the legislation. “They would literally be the resistance.&# ...

NATIONAL MONUMENTS: ANGRY GREENS PROMISE LAWSUITS IF TRUMP ACTS ON ZINKE MEMO

by | September 19, 2017
From: Climatewire “In his 19-page memorandum, a copy of which was provided to E&E News by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, Zinke also slammed nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that have previously supported new monument designations.” Read more . . . Read ...

NATIONAL MONUMENTS: ZINKE RECOMMENDS SHRINKING AS MANY AS 6 SITES

by | September 19, 2017
From: Greenwire “Although the order requested a final report by late August, Interior officials declined to release Zinke’s recommendations last month, asserting that the memorandum was a draft. A copy of the memorandum provided to E&E News by Public Employees for ...

NOMINATIONS: PRUITT’S NEW LEGAL ALLY IN CLIMATE RULE APPEAL

by | September 18, 2017
From: Climatewire “Jerry Phillips, a former enforcement attorney at Florida DEP and director of Florida Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), has been tracking Scott’s environmental enforcement record in the state… “From the minute Scott took over, ...

STATE OF ALASKA RENEWS EFFORT TO SEARCH FOR OIL IN THE ARCTIC REFUGE

by | September 15, 2017
From: The Wilderness Society “Joining the Trump administration’s assault on federal lands across America, the state of Alaska is preparing to renew efforts to explore for oil on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

PLANS TO REDUCE NUMBER OF GRAND CANYON BISON ADVANCE ON TWO FRONTS

by | September 15, 2017
From: Cronkite News “Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, said then that the plan would turn the Grand Canyon “into a game farm managed for the benefit of Arizona Game and Fish … slaughter should not become a routine park wildlife ...

EPA: DEMS WORRY ENFORCEMENT PICK HAS ALREADY STARTED WORK

by | September 14, 2017
From: Greenwire “Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility late last month voiced similar concerns after EPA officials indicated that Bodine would start at the agency on Sept. 5, before she is officially confirmed.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

CO AND CARS: UNFINISHED BUSINESS

by | September 14, 2017
From: Safety Research & Strategies “The most recent petition was filed in March 2016 by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. Like its predecessors, PEER requested that the agency issue annual consumer advisories and recommend the use of onboard digital CO monitors; to ...

CAHNRS CONFLICTS UNDERMINING ACADEMIC FREEDOM, FACULTY SAY

by | September 14, 2017
From: The Daily Evergreen “Many cases throughout the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resources Sciences echo the concerns of professor Robert Wielgus, who filed ethics complaints against WSU after administrators disavowed his wolf research. Other conflicts stem from disputes ...

WATCHDOG GROUP BLASTS US BUREAU OF RECLAMATION

by | September 13, 2017
From: Central Valley Business Times “Three recent federal investigations have found the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation misspending more than $100 million in funds but the agency has not committed to significant reforms nor to punishing any responsible officials, charges the environmental ...

AS HURRICANES STRIKE, EPA STAFFING NEARS A 30 YEAR LOW

by | September 13, 2017
From: Bill Moyers & Company “Mr. Pruitt hasn’t laid out any plan for how to reshape the agency or its priorities, making it more difficult to improve its performance with fewer resources, said Jeff Ruch, executive director at Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, ...

FEDERAL AUDIT REVEALS $84 MILLION MISUSED FOR DELTA TUNNELS PLANNING

by | September 12, 2017
From: Elk Grove News “PEER claimed that of the $60 million in Coordination Act grants spent, “not a dime went to habitat improvements.“ Instead, the group said the money was actually being expended on work that will harm critical habitat for at least five endangered and threatened ...
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