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ANTI-SECRECY LAWSUITS SOARING AGAINST PRUITT’S EPA

by | February 27, 2018
From: Politico “…two groups — Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility — filed a suit last week alleging that Pruitt has illegally told staffers not to take notes” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

ENVIRONMENTALISTS SAY TOO MUCH SECRECY IN EPA

by | February 27, 2018
From: Courthouse News Service “Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), and the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) filed the joint complaint against both administrator and agency on Thursday.”” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

EPA AND NATIONAL ARCHIVES SUED OVER SCOTT PRUITT’S RECORD-KEEPING HABITS

by | February 26, 2018
From: Government Executive “The plaintiffs quoted the Federal Records Act’s provision to ensure the “accurate and complete documentation of the policies and transactions of the federal government.”” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

LAWSUIT CLAIMS AGENCY BYPASSED WRITTEN RECORDS REQUIREMENTS

by | February 26, 2018
From: Greenwire “The groups, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, say EPA has violated the Federal Records Act.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

GROUPS SUE EPA OVER LACK OF RECORDS

by | February 26, 2018
From: The Hill “”Under Scott Pruitt, the EPA has assumed a bunker mentality where paper trails are religiously avoided unless penned in invisible ink,” PEER counsel Adam Carlesco said in a statement. “By law, the American public has a right to know the basis for public health ...

EPA AND SCOTT PRUITT SUED BY GROUPS ALLEGING AGENCY VIOLATED FEDERAL RECORDS LAWS

by | February 26, 2018
From: CNBC “These actions prevent Americans from obtaining records of EPA processes and decision-making through the Freedom of Information Act, according to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.” Read more . . . ...

TRESPASSING ALIENS; GARBAGE PRIVACY; BRAND YOUR CALVES

by | February 22, 2018
From: High Country News “Apparently, the public will never learn about the reasoning, scientific or otherwise, that formed Pruitt’s opinion, because the Justice Department — representing the EPA — considers PEER’s Freedom of Information Act request “a trap” that would mean ...

DUELING LAWS AT PLAY IN WHETHER INTERIOR APPOINTMENTS ARE LEGAL

by | February 22, 2018
From: National Parks Traveler “In essence, said Michael Nixon, PEER’s strategic programs director, while the 1998 Reform Act did provide for some agency exceptions that allowed appointments to be made, the Interior Department was not among them, and so Secertary Zinke can’t now ...

ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP CHARGES INTERIOR WITH ILLEGALLY FILLING TOP VACANCIES

by | February 22, 2018
From: Government Executive “The current top officers at the National Park Service, the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Land Management are working “in blatant violation of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act,” said the complaint filed on Monday by the Silver Spring, Md.- ...

SCIENCE ADVOCATES TELL FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: WRITE IT DOWN

by | February 22, 2018
From: Union of Concerned Scientists “The guide is a joint project of UCS, the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund, GAP, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, and POGO. Science advocates will distribute the guide through scientific conferences and professional networks, and ...

PEER BLASTS DEP FOR FAILURES MADE DURING PETROLEUM CLEANUP PROGRAM REVAMP

by | February 21, 2018
From: Florida Specifier “In a white paper released in January, Florida Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility provided an extensive and well-documented critique of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Petroleum Restoration Program, pointing out its ...

DEP PREAPPROVAL/PRP TIMELINE OF INVESTIGATIONS BY THE DEP OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL AND THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT

by | February 18, 2018
From: Enviro-Net “In conjunction with our Feb/March 2018 Specifier article entitled “PEER blasts DEP for failures made during petroleum cleanup program revamp,” we offer this timeline of events that lead to the petroleum program reorganization–must-read material for anyone ...

GROUP CLAIMS ACTING NATIONAL PARK SERVICE DIRECTOR APPOINTED ILLEGALLY

by | February 13, 2018
From: National Parks Traveler “In its claim, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility contends that Mr. Smith’s appointment was in violation of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act. “The way the Trump administration has filled agency leadership slots with temporary or ...

ENVIRO WATCHDOG SAYS DOI TEMP OFFICIALS ARE ILLEGAL

by | February 13, 2018
From: Law360 “In a complaint filed with the DOI’s inspector general, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility claims that the acting heads of the BLM, FWS and NPS are serving in violation of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

IT’S TIME FOR TRUMP TO HIRE MORE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT DIRECTORS

by | February 13, 2018
From: Splinter “In the letter, the organization, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), claims that Trump and Zinke have violated the Federal Vacancies Reform Act by bypassing crucial—and mandatory—Senate advice and consent laws when it comes to confirming new ...

TRUMP OFFICIALS UNDER FIRE FOR TAPPING “TEMPS” TO HEAD KEY INTERIOR AGENCIES

by | February 13, 2018
From: McClatchy “In a complaint filed with the Interior Department’s Inspector General, the watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility charged that Interior was “completely bypassing Senate confirmation” with its appointments of acting directors to lead the ...

COMPLAINT FILED OVER INTERIOR DEPARTMENT’S USE OF ACTING DIRECTORS IN PLACE OF NOMINEES

by | February 13, 2018
From: The Hill “Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) sent a complaint to the Interior Department’s Office of the Inspector General on Monday arguing that the department is misusing and abusing the roles of at least three temporary acting directors.” Read ...

ZION NATIONAL PARK CONSIDERS LIMITING VISITORS, AND OTHER PARKS MAY FOLLOW SUIT

by | February 13, 2018
From: Backpacker “Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which represents U.S. park rangers and other land managers, has come out in favor of putting visitation limits in place across the NPS.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

COMPLAINT CALLS ACTING DIRECTORS INVALID

by | February 12, 2018
From: Greenwire “In the six-page complaint lodged with Interior’s Office of Inspector General, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility contends the Trump administration’s use of temporary or acting directors violates a law that limits how long nonconfirmed officials ...

COYOTES IN PENNSYLVANIA – WHAT’S THE LATEST INFORMATION AND RESEARCH?

by | February 12, 2018
From: Penn Live “The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility filed the complaint against the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services’ use of a 1975 USDA study to support its mass-killing programs.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...
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