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HOW PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE EPA’S SCOTT PRUITT ARE MAKING AMERICA’S ENVIRONMENT DEADLY AGAIN

by | September 6, 2017
From: LA Times “Pruitt also has targeted more than 30 rules and regulations for rescission or rollback, and, according to the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility advocacy group, has significantly reduced enforcement of the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act — which ...

EPA PUTS TRUMP POLITICAL AIDE IN CHARGE OF GRANT FUNDING DECISIONS

by | September 5, 2017
From: The Hill “A former Trump campaign aide has been charged with decisions on grant funding at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), The Washington Post reported.” ...

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S EFFECT ON NATIONAL PARKS

by | September 5, 2017
From: Scientific American “Agency officials were told they could not repeat their concerns to Congress, according to Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, who obtained the memo and provided a copy to McClatchy.” Read more . . . Read ...

CRIMINAL POLLUTION CASES ARE DWINDLING AT THE EPA

by | September 5, 2017
From: Truthout Buzzflash “To make matters worse, PEER just announced that Sally Bodine — a protégé of both Pruitt and Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe (a notorious climate change denier) — will temporarily join the agency in a senior position even though she has not been ...

PRUITT DELAYED EMERGENCY RULES FOR CHEMICAL PLANTS WEEKS BEFORE TOXIC FIRES ERUPTED IN HOUSTON

by | September 5, 2017
From: Truthout “Jeff Ruch, director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, points out that President Trump revoked a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard put in place by President Obama just two weeks before Hurricane Harvey battered the Texas coast. “If Trump had ...

WESTERN WATER: PROBE FINDS RECLAMATION MISSPENT FUNDS MEANT FOR WILDLIFE

by | August 31, 2017
From: Greenwire “A $32 million Bureau of Reclamation program for irrigators in southern Oregon and Northern California was likely illegal, according to federal investigators who released a letter to President Trump today that sharply criticizes the agency’s response.” Read ...

AGENCY MISSPENT $32 MILLION, BUT INTERIOR HAS HELD NO ONE TO ACCOUNT

by | August 30, 2017
From: McClatchy DC ““Sally Jewell could have settled this whole thing while she was in office,” said Jeff Ruch, executive director of PEER. “Instead she just accepted Reclamation’s explanation.”” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

NRA OFFICIAL LANDS SEAT ON NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION BOARD

by | August 29, 2017
From: National Parks Traveler ““These are not minor matters – these changes would forfeit whole spheres of national park stewardship,” PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch said last week. “It appears that national parks are no longer allowed to give Congress their honest views ...

EPA HAS SLASHED ITS CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DIVISION IN HALF

by | August 28, 2017
From: Government Executive “EPA currently has 147 special agents in its Criminal Investigation Division, according to documents obtained through a federal records request by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, less than half the number it employed in 2003 and well below ...

FREEDOM MEANS SHOOTING BEAR CUBS WHILE THEY’RE HIBERNATING

by | August 25, 2017
From: Esquire “Agency officials were told they could not repeat their concerns to Congress, according to Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, who obtained the memo and provided a copy to McClatchy. “It appears the national parks are ...

THIRD PUBLIC MEETING SET ON BISON RANGE MANAGEMENT PLAN

by | August 25, 2017
From: The Missoulian “Reneau is named in a lawsuit filed last year by the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) that claimed the Fish and Wildlife Service had not completed the necessary analysis needed to turn the National Bison Range over to the CSKT. That ...

EPA: DATA REVEAL ‘EVAPORATION OF CRIMINAL ENFORCEMENT’

by | August 24, 2017
From: Greenwire “EPA has less than half the special agents in its Criminal Investigation Division than it had in 2003, said Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. As the number of agents declined, so have criminal cases and successful prosecutions “ Read more . . . ...

FOREST SERVICE: NEW CHIEF A ‘STUBBORN GENTLEMAN’ WHO LISTENS TO RIVALS

by | August 24, 2017
From: Greenwire “And last year, Tooke apologized in writing to American Indian tribes for the Forest Service’s erosion control work in 2014 — before he was on the job — that damaged sections of the Trail of Tears on the edge of the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee. But ...

COMPLAINT ALLEGES BEAR HUNTERS CRIMINALLY HARASSING WOLVES IN WISCONSIN, VIOLATING ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT

by | August 24, 2017
From: Wisconsin Gazette “Hunters unleashing packs of dogs to tree bears in Wisconsin woods are criminally harassing gray wolves in violation of the Endangered Species Act, according to a complaint filed earlier this month by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.” Read ...

ENVIRONMENTALISTS CLAIM ‘TRUMP POLITICAL OPERATIVE’ IS CENSORING NPS

by | August 24, 2017
From: The Daily Caller “The environmental group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) is claiming a “junior Trump political operative” is sabotaging the National Parks Service (NPS), according to a PEER press release Wednesday.” Read more . . . Read the PEER ...

INTERIOR DEPARTMENT, KEY HOUSE REPUBLICANS MANEUVER TO OPEN NATIONAL PARK SERVICE LANDS TO AERIAL GUNNING OF GRIZZLY BEARS

by | August 24, 2017
From: Wisconsin Gazette “Today, the Sacramento Bee’s Stuart Leavenworth broke the story that Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) had obtained a leaked memo that appears to show that senior political appointees at the Department of the Interior have barred top ...

LEAKED PARKS DEPARTMENT MEMO RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT THE NRA’S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT

by | August 24, 2017
From: The Trace “NPS officials were later ordered to not voice their issues to Congress, according to Jeff Ruch, the executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, who provided a copy of the memo to McClatchy.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

TRUMP TEAM BLOCKS CRITICISM OF BILL ALLOWING HUNTERS TO MASSACRE BEAR CUBS

by | August 23, 2017
From: New York Magazine “Ruch said it was his understanding that the “C.H.” stands for Casey Hammond — an Interior political appointee and former House Natural Resources Committee staffer — but that could not be verified.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

REPORT: TRUMP ADMINISTRATION MUZZLES NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

by | August 23, 2017
From: Newsmax “As well, park agency officials were told they could not repeat their concerns to Congress, Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, told McClatchy.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

PUBLIC LANDS: WHITE HOUSE SOUGHT TO SILENCE NPS CONCERN OVER BILL

by | August 23, 2017
From: Greenwire “Agency officials were told they could not repeat their concerns to Congress, according to Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, who obtained the memo and provided a copy to McClatchy.” Read more . . . Read the PEER ...
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