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TRUMP PICK FOR DEPUTY INTERIOR DIRECTOR DRAWS FIRE

by | January 8, 2018
From: Newsmax “Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, told the National Parks Traveler he was disappointed with the announcement, which was circulated in an internal email last week.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

FORMER NATIONAL PARKS OFFICIAL WHO HELPED NFL OWNERCUT DOWN 130 TREES TAPPED FOR TOP AGENCY JOB

by | January 8, 2018
From: New York Daily News ““It is disturbing but perhaps indicative that the Trump people would resurrect a political hatchet man to take the helm at the National Park Service,” Jeff Ruch of Public Employees for Responsibility told National Parks Traveler. “In the Snyder-gate ...

FORMER NPS OFFICIAL FOUND TO HAVE OVERLOOKED ENVIRONMENTAL REGS SAID TO BE NEXT ACTING DIRECTOR

by | January 5, 2018
From: National Parks Traveler “Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, was disappointed that Secretary Zinke would bring Smith back into the Park Service. “It is disturbing but perhaps indicative that the Trump people would resurrect a ...

STATE FISH FARMS HAVE OK TO KILL CORMORANTS

by | January 5, 2018
From: Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette “The Fish and Wildlife Service is required to assess how depredation orders affect the cormorant’s population every five years. A group called Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility sued the agency regarding how it was ...

FOR CHEMICAL SAFETY BOARD, ADVICE TO FEDERAL AGENCIES PILES UP

by | January 3, 2018
From: Bloomberg ““A lot of the agencies they are going to are EPA and OSHA, which have severe cases of regulatory constipation,” Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which advocates for government employees, told Bloomberg Environment ...

INSIDE RYAN ZINKE’S DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

by | January 3, 2018
From: Outside “That’s not to say the department is totally leaderless, says Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. Employees “are getting direction. But they’re not getting direction from people that have any on-the-ground experience in ...

EPA MARKS SEVEN SUPERFUND SITES AS CLEAN

by | January 3, 2018
From: Pacific Standard “In June, the task force issued a report with 42 recommendations, which Pruitt adopted immediately. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, an advocacy group, filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the documents the task force used to create the ...

EPA FAILS PUBLIC IN LACK OF TRANSPARENCY ON SUPERFUND CHANGES

by | December 29, 2017
From: Burlington Record “No doubt, Pruitt’s EPA feels under siege from groups like PEER. But the environmentalists are correct to say it strains credulity to believe the Superfund report itself represents the full work product that led to the revised procedures. Were industry ...

FOR YEAR END CHARITABLE GIVING – SOME FAVORITES

by | December 28, 2017
From: Huffington Post “PEER’s staff is knowledgeable, organized and relentless in protecting federal employees’ right to bring their conscience to work and speak out against unlawful or reckless devastation of our environmental resources and health. “ Read more . . . Read the ...

WIRE THE WILDERNESS? AS CELL SERVICE EXPANDS, NATIONAL PARKS BECOME THE LATEST DIGITAL BATTLEGROUNDS

by | December 28, 2017
From: Merced Sun Star “PEER, which has asked the Interior Department’s Inspector General to investigate, said that Yosemite is “violation of both federal laws and agency policies” by approving the towers without public notice or environmental review. The group also unearthed ...

COVERING THE ENVIRONMENT IN THE AGE OF TRUMP

by | December 28, 2017
From: NM Political Report “Despite the hopes of many, the Obama administration didn’t necessarily champion environmental issues or the agencies and employees working on natural resources. “For the most part, except in recent months, it had been benign neglect,” Jeff Ruch, ...

700+ EMPLOYEES HAVE LEFT THE EPA UNDER TRUMP: LOSS OF SCIENTISTS, STAFFERS UNDERMINES AGENCY’S PURPOSE

by | December 28, 2017
From: Eco Watch ““There has been a drop of employees of 770 between April and December. While several hundred of those are buyouts, the rest of those are either people that are retiring or quitting in disgust,” Kyla Bennett, director of New England Public Employees for ...

THE MEMBERS OF EPA’S SUPERFUND TASK FORCE HAD REALLY GOOD MEMORIES

by | December 28, 2017
From: Mondaq / Foley Hoag “It turns out that, according to Johnny Walker, the DOJ attorney representing EPA in the litigation, there is a simple explanation for EPA’s failure to produce any documents – there aren’t any. According to the AP, Walker has told PEER that the Task Force ...

RACHEL MADDOW RIPS DISGRACED OKLAHOMA BANKER WHO ‘IMMACULATELY CONCEIVED’ REPORT ON TOXICALLY POLLUTED SUPERFUND SITES

by | December 28, 2017
From: Raw Story ““The EPA did not respond with any materials,” Maddow said. “PEER sued and this week, almost six months later, they did not get the documents they were looking for but they did get a response from the EPA. And it’s amazing. Associated Press reporting, ‘a lawyer ...

PRUITT DRIVES OUT EPA STAFF, HIRES BUDDY

by | December 28, 2017
From: MSNBC The Rachel Maddow Show “Rachel Maddow reports on the disgraced former banker Albert Kelly, Scott Pruitt’s friend who he put in charge of an EPA superfund cleanup task force as qualified, experienced EPA staff flee the agency by the hundreds.” Read more . . . Read ...

RETALIATION, NOT JUST HARASSMENT, A PROBLEM AT INTERIOR, GROUP SAYS

by | December 22, 2017
From: FED Week “However, the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility organization stressed that the survey also found that when employees complained, no action was taken in 64 percent of the cases and an official career action was taken against the persons responsible in only ...

EPA: HOUSE REPUBLICANS QUERY PRUITT ABOUT SUPERFUND LIST

by | December 21, 2017
From: Greenwire “EPA’s Superfund Task Force, which helped create the list, kept no internal records of its activities, according to the agency’s response to Freedom Of Information Act litigation by watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility” Read ...

FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR OIL SPILL FUND WILL END IN 2018

by | December 20, 2017
From: Juneau Empire “On Monday, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility said by email that a 9-cent per-barrel excise tax on all American crude oil will expire at the end of the year. That tax goes into the fund to pay for oil spills from a variety of sources, including ...

EPA SAYS SUPERFUND TASK FORCE LEFT BEHIND LITTLE PAPER TRAIL

by | December 20, 2017
From: The Tribune “The advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, known as PEER, quickly filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking a long list of documents related to the development of Pruitt’s plan. Now, nearly six months after the task force ...

EPA: SUPERFUND TASK FORCE CREATED BY PRUITT DIDN’T MAINTAIN ANY RECORDS

by | December 20, 2017
From: Talking Points Memo News “The task force in June issued a nearly three-dozen page report containing 42 detailed recommendations, all of which Pruitt immediately adopted. The advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, known as PEER, quickly filed a Freedom of ...
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