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GROUP TIES INTERIOR NOMINEE / WESTLANDS LOBBYIST TO ARCTIC REFUGE SCIENTIFIC FRAUD

by | May 15, 2017
From: Elk Grove News “Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) disagrees with Zinke’s rosy assessment of Bernhardt’s “extensive experience” serving as a key aide to Secretary Gale Norton under the G.W. Bush administration. In fact, documents released by PEER On ...

LOS ALAMOS SEEKS DETENTE WITH ITS NEIGHBORS – BEARS

by | May 12, 2017
From: Albuquerque Journal “The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, made up of current and former state and federal government employees, recently criticized the decision to run a race through the Valles Caldera again this year.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

PARK POLICE STAFFING SHRINKING DESPITE INCREASED NEED, SAYS WATCHDOG

by | May 12, 2017
From: Federal Times ““The U.S. Park Police are at a low ebb while facing a rising tide,” stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch in a press release. “In recent years, this force has not had the personnel to match its mission and that gap is only growing larger.”” Read ...

INTERIOR: ENERGY COMPANIES PAID BERNHARDT MORE THAN $80K LAST YEAR

by | May 11, 2017
From: Greenwire “”I am writing you on behalf of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) to express our opposition to the nomination of David Bernhardt as Deputy Secretary, Department of Interior and to urge your Committee to thoroughly investigate his role in ...

DESPITE BEAR CONCERNS, RACE STILL ON, SAY WILDLIFE OFFICIALS

by | May 11, 2017
From: Los Alamos Monitor “Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility last week said the National Park Service is downplaying the threat of interactions between wildlife and participants in a 50-mile race on Saturday at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. “If you read the ...

EPA EMPLOYEES, UNIONS AND SCIENTISTS UPSET AT SCIENCE BOARD FIRINGS

by | May 11, 2017
From: Government Executive “The nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility heard from numerous EPA employees who spoke anonymously, having already received an all-staff memo from Pruitt that was “pro-business.” The employees “are shocked and dismayed that the ...

COLORADO CONGRESSMEN WANT BLM OFFICE OUT WEST

by | May 10, 2017
From: Santa Fe New Mexican “Jeff Ruch, executive director of the advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, said the idea of moving BLM’s headquarters “seems more of a political stunt than a thoughtful proposal.”” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

NATIONAL PARKS: POLICE UNION WANTS ZINKE TO SPLIT FORCE FROM NPS

by | May 10, 2017
From: Greenwire “…the agency also struggles with a $12 billion maintenance backlog, and many parks are operating without a full staff. The number of law enforcement rangers has also dipped to 1,331 in 2016 from 1,547 in 2006, according to numbers NPS released to Public Employees ...

THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK MOVING AHEAD WITH NORTH UNIT COMMUNICATION TOWER

by | May 9, 2017
From: National Parks Traveler “The issue of a signal bleed was raised last fall by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which worried that Verizon’s signal from the tower would “blanket designated wilderness with cell phone coverage.”” Read more ...

‘AGING AGENCY’ THREATENS EPA STRENGTH DESPITE EARLY BUDGET REPRIEVE

by | May 9, 2017
From: Inside EPA ““EPA is an aging agency,” says Kyla Bennett, the New England director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and a former EPA staffer. “Just by attrition, without being able to back fill, they will effectively reduce the force of the agency ...

EPA: SEEING ‘CHILLING EFFECT’, UNIONS PUSH BACK ON ETHICS MEMO

by | May 9, 2017
From: Greenwire “”We will defend any EPA employee who gets in trouble for expressing their views, but that’s not a good position for anyone to be in,” Ruch said.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

PARK RANGER FORCE CONTINUES SHRIVELING AS VISITATION SWELLS

by Sonoran News | May 9, 2017
“The number of rangers protecting our national parks and their visitors is steadily shrinking even as new parks are added and the number of park visitors balloons to new records, according to figures posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).” Read ...

NEARLY YEAR AFTER ATTACK, APPROVAL FOR RACE IN VALLES CALDERA DRAWS CRITICISM

by | May 8, 2017
From: Santa Fe New Mexican ““How many more people need [to] be mauled for these clueless officials to conclude this is a bad idea?” Jeff Ruch, the group’s executive director, said in a statement.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

CELL PHONE TOWERS IN THE BACKCOUNTRY ROB US OF WILDERNESS

by | May 8, 2017
From: San Francisco Chronicle “…my enthusiasm dimmed when a government watchdog group revealed that the proposed construction of new communication towers in and near the park would extend cell phone service into thousands of acres of wilderness. The view would be the same, but the ...

WASHINGTON: RESEARCHER CLEARED OF LOBBYING ACCUSATIONS IN WOLF CASE

by | May 5, 2017
From: Greenwire “The professor’s lawyer, Adam Carlesco of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, said he takes issue with the state resources misuse charge.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

WSU WOLF RESEARCHER APPEARS TO BE PARTLY CLEARED OF MISCONDUCT

by | May 5, 2017
From: The Spokesman Review “The WSU report findings did not mention Wielgus by name, but his attorney, Adam Carlesco of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, said the item appeared to be Wielgus’ case.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

WSU HAS LIKELY CLEARED THE INSTITUTION’S CONTROVERSIAL WOLF RESEARCHER OF MISCONDUCT

by | May 4, 2017
From: Pullman Radio “An internal investigation of Washington State University’s controversial wolf researcher has apparently cleared the professor of any misconduct.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

PROFESSOR ACCUSES WSU OF VIOLATIONS AFTER HE CRITICIZED CATTLE RANCHER, WOLF PACK REMOVAL

by | May 4, 2017
From: The Spokesman Review “Washington State University professor and researcher Robert Wielgus filed a complaint against WSU on Thursday alleging the university has seriously damaged his academic career through the unwarranted use of suppression, condemnation and reprisal after he made ...
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