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CLIMATE CHANGE PROGRESS AT TRUMP’S EPA IS GRINDING TO A HALT, WORKERS REVEAL

by | June 6, 2017
From: The Guardian “Current and former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) employees have described how work on climate change is grinding to a halt at the agency, with programs being scrapped and fears that staff may be reassigned away from climate-related tasks.” Read more ...

HOW CAN YELLOWSTONE STAY SAFE, ACCESSIBLE AND PRISTINE AS MORE AND MORE PEOPLE VISIT?

by | June 6, 2017
From: Star Tribune “There’s also concern from groups like Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility questioning the increasing commercialization of parks to raise money. Wenk said such funding is a necessity.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

THE COST OF THE BIGHORN COMEBACK

by | June 5, 2017
From: High Country News “(Becky Pierce) filed a complaint against Stephenson and the department with the California branch of the watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility in 2010. Later that year, a state legislative counsel concluded that snares were indeed ...

COALITION SAYS COYOTE-KILLING CONTESTS IN WISCONSIN NEED REINING IN

by | June 5, 2017
From: Wisconsin Public Radio “”It is easy, for even trained biologists to mistake coyotes for wolves, and in many instances wolves are being killed through a more or less reckless hunting practices of coyotes, ” Carlesco said Thursday. Carlesco said the U.S. Fish and ...

THE EPA FACES MASSIVE CUTS

by | June 1, 2017
From: Vice ““It’s a wholesale war on the environment. That’s never happened before,” said Kyla Bennett, who worked at the EPA for almost a decade and now works for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, an environmental government watchdog organization.” Read ...

EXPERTS: TRUMP BUDGET WOULD DRASTICALLY CUT ISLE TSUNAMI PROTECTIONS

by | June 1, 2017
From: Hawaii News Now “President Trump’s proposed budget cuts to tsunami warning systems would put thousands of lives at risk, Hawaii tsunami experts say.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

HE PLOWED HIS FIELD AND GOT HIT WITH A $2.8 MILLION FINE. WILL TRUMP RESCIND IT?

by | June 1, 2017
From: The Sacramento Bee “Trump’s actions will “eliminate protection for millions of acres of wetlands and many of our streams,” said Kyla Bennett, a former Environmental Protection Agency wetlands official now with a group called Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility ...

ZINKE’S INTERIOR DEPARTMENT REVERSAL SENDS BISON RANGE MANAGEMENT PLANS BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD

by | June 1, 2017
From: Missoula Independent “”Now it is time for the Fish & Wildlife Service to put its money where its mouth is by committing sufficient resources to not only complete a good plan but also, and more importantly, to implement that plan,” PEER senior counsel Paula ...

TO BOOST WIRELESS COVERAGE, YELLOWSTONE PROPOSES NEW STRUCTURE AT HISTORIC LOOKOUT

by | May 30, 2017
From: National Parks Traveler “The new comment period comes after the proposed facilities on 10,243-foot Mount Washburn, the telecommunications hub for Yellowstone, and elsewhere in the park were criticized by groups like Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, who said park ...

EFFORT TO SAVE AGENCY FROM BUDGET AX DRAWS ALLEGATIONS OF WRONGFUL LOBBYING

by | May 30, 2017
From: Government Executive “Jeff Ruch, executive director of the nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and a frequent critic of CSB management, told Government Executive, “The sole authority on whether Mr. Engler broke rules barring grass-roots lobbying –and ...

ANATOMY OF A DEEP STATE

by | May 26, 2017
From: Wall Street Journal “There’s also that “scientific integrity” event planned for June. Of the 45 invitations, only one went to an organization ostensibly representing industry, the American Chemistry Council. A couple of academics got one. The rest? Earthjustice. Public ...

PEER: THE THIN GREEN LINE PATROLLING NATIONAL PARKS IS IN DANGER OF SNAPPING

by | May 24, 2017
From: Los Alamos Daily Post “The number of rangers protecting the 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 ...

NEED FOR MORE PARK RANGERS CITED

by | May 24, 2017
From: FEDweek “Figures provided by the National Park Service show that law enforcement ranks in national parks are shrinking even while public visitation to the parks is rising, according to the organization Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.” Read more . . . Read ...

DID A TOP-LEVEL DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR NOMINEE COMMIT SCIENTIFIC FRAUD?

by | May 23, 2017
From: Pacific Standard “Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, the government watchdog that first uncovered the ANWR scandal, sent a letter to the committee last week urging it to question Bernhardt about the incident during the hearing. “Whether Bernhardt was the ...

THE BATTLE OVER BUNKERVILLE: THE BUNDYS, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE NEW MILITIA MOVEMENT

by | May 23, 2017
From: PBS “Threats and assaults against federal employees working in the wilderness were on the rise, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a nonprofit group that compiles data from federal agencies.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

SOME MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WANT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE TO LIFT BAN ON PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES

by | May 23, 2017
From: National Parks Traveler “The bottle ban had been in the works for some time. In anticipation of it, Grand Canyon crews early in 2011 installed nine free water stations throughout the park at a cost of more than $300,000, according to calculations made at the time by Public ...

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

by | May 22, 2017
From: Daily Kos “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 May 11 ...

TRUMP PLAN TO TURN PUBLIC LANDS OVER TO THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY FACES POLITICAL BACKLASH

by | May 22, 2017
From: Truthout “Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a watchdog group representing government workers, has re-released documents implicating Bernhardt in an apparent effort at the Interior Department to skew a scientific report to members of Congress on the Arctic ...

ADDITIONAL COMMENT SOUGHT ON FIRE LOOKOUT PROJECT

by | May 22, 2017
From: Yellowstone Insider “Cellphone reception is a contentious topic in Yellowstone National Park. Indeed, the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) have repeatedly criticized the park for expanding cellular access, saying access demeans the backcountry experience.&# ...

PROCESS BEGINS TO CHART NEW BISON RANGE MANAGEMENT PLAN

by | May 22, 2017
From: Daily Inter Lake “The federal agency in charge of the National Bison Range has officially re-started the process to draft a new 15-year management plan for the 18,766-acre wildlife refuge, after a proposal to transfer the lands back to the Flathead Indian Reservation was rescinded ...
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