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OUT AND ABOUT: BLANKET PHONE COVERAGE PROPOSED FOR PARKS

by | July 3, 2017
From: The Spokesman Review “Yellowstone National Park would be blanketed with strong 4G cell coverage under a multisite expansion entering its final approval phase, according to comments filed this week by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).” Read more . . . ...

CHARGES DISMISSED IN HORSE DEATHS AT THREE-WAY

by | June 29, 2017
From: The Copper Era “That case has now been dismissed following an assertion of federal sovereign immunity, according to watchdog group PEER (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility). In a news release last week, the group took issue with how the incident was handled, calling ...

“ADOPT” A STORM DRAIN: CLEAN WATER STARTS HERE

by | June 29, 2017
From: NM Political Report “Initial funding was provided by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), the family-run Roros Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Local advertising agency iostudio donated a decommissioned Windows-based laptop to ...

TWO HORSES AND MULE DIE OF DEHYDRATION IN AZ APACHE-SITGREAVES FOREST

by | June 28, 2017
From: Sonoran News “An attempt to criminally prosecute U.S. Forest Service employees for acts of cruelty to animals resulting in the death of two horses and a mule has been dropped, according to court records posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The ...

3 BLM STATE DIRECTORS REMOVED IN REORGANIZATION – SOURCES

by | June 28, 2017
From: E&E News “Nedd sent an agencywide email to all staff June 16 acknowledging that the budget cuts, if implemented, “could mean 1,000 fewer full-time equivalent employees across the Nation,” according to a copy of the email obtained by Public Employees for ...

INTERIOR DEPARTMENT REORGANIZATION WILL HIT NEW MEXICO’S LANDSCAPES, COMMUNITIES

by | June 28, 2017
From: NM Political Report “The BLM’s workforce has declined by one-fifth since 2010, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), which notes that despite being the smallest federal land agency, BLM has the largest jurisdiction, overseeing a total of 245 ...

PRESIDENT TRUMP LOOKS TO SLASH NEARLY 4,000 INTERIOR DEPARTMENT JOBS

by | June 28, 2017
From: New Hampshire Public Radio “BLM, even though it’s one of the most thinly staffed agencies in federal service, is also central to the Trump plans to increase energy production on public lands. So I don’t understand how they do that by taking almost one quarter of the ...

OCEANS: LAWMAKERS HEAR WHETHER MARINE SANCTUARIES SHOULD SINK OR SWIM

by | June 28, 2017
From: E & E News “The natural resources director of Aleutians East Borough in Alaska, Ernest Weiss, brought up the proposal to create an Aleutian marine sanctuary. It was proposed by the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and later turned down by NOAA. Weiss ...

OCEANS: LAWMAKERS TO REVIEW MARINE SANCTUARIES

by | June 26, 2017
From: E & E News “NOAA determined that the nomination, led by the nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, was “not sufficient”. The hearing comes as the Trump administration is reviewing several marine monuments designated in the past couple of ...

DO WI-FI AND CELL SERVICE BELONG IN OUR NATIONAL PARKS?

by | June 23, 2017
From: Motherboard Vice “”Pursuit of bigger bandwidth puts Yellowstone on a never-ending cellular treadmill. Yellowstone’s custodians are doing more to service smartphones than to fix its crumbling infrastructure,” Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for ...

TRUMP’S INTERIOR SECRETARY DEFENDS HIS PLAN TO CUT AT LEAST 4,000 STAFF

by | June 23, 2017
From: Think Progress ““According to Trump’s fantasy plan, BLM is supposed to achieve ‘energy independence’ before its coffee break, stimulate rural ‘job creation’ by lunch and do it with substantially less resources,” said PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch, noting that BLM ...

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT PLANS TO CUT 1000 JOBS IN FY2018

by | June 22, 2017
From: Bloomberg Government ““Jeff Ruch, the group’s executive director, told Bloomberg BNA June 21 he’s concerned that the BLM and other federal agencies may turn to involuntary employee separations–known in the federal government as reductions in force–to implement ...

INTERIOR CHIEF WANTS TO SHED 4,000 EMPLOYEES IN DEPARTMENT SHAKE-UP

by | June 22, 2017
From: Washington Post ““While the FY 2018 budget is not final, we must heed the staffing levels that it calls for,” Nedd wrote. His email, with a subject line reading “Defining Our Priorities in a Time of Change,” was obtained by the watchdog group Public Employees for ...

INTERIOR: ZINKE DEFENDS REORGANIZATION, BUDGET TO SKEPTICAL SENATORS

by | June 22, 2017
From: Greenwire “Acting BLM Director Mike Nedd sent a June 16 email to employees, posted online by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, that outlines the agency’s budget challenges in light of the administration’s $11.7 billion proposal for the department in ...

COMPREHENSIVE CONSERVATION PLAN PROCESS BEGINS AT NAT’L BISON RANGE

by | June 22, 2017
From: Valley Journal “Skip Palmer, who said he worked at the bison range for 16 years and the FWS for 22, said both the federal agency and the tribes were at fault in previous years. “They forgot what the mission was and let politics get involved,” he said.” Read more . . . ...

PROPOSALS: VIRTUALLY BLANKET YELLOWSTONE, MOUNT RAINIER WITH CELL PHONE COVERAGE

by | June 20, 2017
From: The Spokesman-Review “Yellowstone National Park would be blanketed with strong 4G cell coverage under a multi-site expansion entering its final approval phase, according to comments filed this week by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). New commercial ...

2000 SACRED BONES WENT MISSING 21 YEARS AGO. THIS DETECTIVE FOUND THEM.

by | June 20, 2017
From: Outside Online “ According to a 2014 whistle-blower complaint facilitated by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a government watchdog group that monitors problems in the Park Service and other agencies, the office stored 164,000 uncataloged artifacts and remains ...

TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN: CELL PHONE COVERAGE

by | June 19, 2017
From: South Pierce County Dispatch “Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) has formally told park officials that cell equipment and increased cell phone use inside the park would clash with peaceful, tranquil wilderness settings. The companies’ application should ...

TRUMP’S FEDERAL HIRING FREEZE MAKES AMERICA LESS SAFE

by | June 16, 2017
From: New American Journal “According to the union that represents these brave first responders who tend to be top notch people just like the National Park Service rangers they work alongside every day, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), the number of Park Police ...

MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES AGAINST POLITICIANS WILL BE TOUGH: HERE’S WHY

by | June 15, 2017
From: Detroit Free Press “”In our view, Flint is the textbook example of the EPA improperly deferring to a state partner,” said Jeff Ruch, executive director of the group PEER or Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...
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