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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 ...

WOLF RESEARCHER PLANS TO SUE WSU OVER FREE SPEECH

by | June 14, 2017
From: King 5 “During the study, Wielgus followed wolves and cattle to track wolf depredations, the term used to refer to injuries or deaths attributed to wolves. He found that 99 percent of ranchers in wolf occupied areas in Washington lose one out of a thousand cattle to wolves. The ...

WATCHDOG ORGANIZATION WORRIES ABOUT SUPERFUND CLEANUPS WITH EPA’S NEW CHIEF

by | June 13, 2017
From: Montana Public Radio “Pruitt is signaling:“That he wants to hurry up and get these sites back into the real estate market regardless of the implications for public health and perhaps for the taxpayer depending upon who ends up getting stuck with the bill,” says Ruch.” ...

THE BUREAUCRAT BEHIND THE CURTAIN

by | June 13, 2017
From: Washington Times “The initial guest list read like a who’s who of the liberal environmental movement: Earthjustice, Public Citizen, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Center for Progressive Reform, Public Employees for Environmental ...

FEDERAL OFFICIALS BEGIN BISON RANGE PLANNING

by | June 12, 2017
From: Daily Inter Lake “Spearheaded by the organization Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, the lawsuit alleges that the federal agency failed to follow environmental laws when it began exploring the idea of transferring the lands back to the tribes.” Read more ...

STATE NEWS: GREAT LAKES FUNDING, COYOTE KILLING, SUPREME COURT CAMPAIGN

by | June 12, 2017
From: Door County Pulse “A coalition of groups is asking a federal wildlife agency to take a “hard look” at Wisconsin contests aimed at killing coyotes. The coalition includes wolf protection groups in Madison, Duluth, Minn., and Washington D.C.-based Public Employees for ...

PRUITT TABLES EPA ORDER ON GE TO REMOVE PCB’S FROM RIVER

by | June 12, 2017
From: Eco Watch “”Pruitt has positioned himself to hand out multi-million dollar favors to corporate polluters subject to almost no review,” stated PEER New England Director Kyla Bennett, a former EPA scientist and attorney, adding that Superfund is Pruitt’s sole ...

PUBLIC INPUT TO HELP SHAPE MANAGEMENT PLANS FOR MONTANA WILDLIFE REFUGES

by | June 9, 2017
From: Missoula Independent “Several people who are part of an active lawsuit against the Fish and Wildlife Service attended both meetings this week. Susan Reneau is one of 10 co-plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed by the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or PEER, last ...

CALL OF THE WILD? ENVIRONMENTALISTS LIVID OVER CELLPHONE PLAN FOR NATIONAL PARK

by | June 7, 2017
From: The Guardian ““The point of wilderness is that it’s supposed to be free from the accoutrements of civilization,” said Jeff Ruch, the executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which has campaigned against cell towers in national parks across the ...

TRUMP BUDGET CUTS WOULD REDUCE TSUNAMI WARNINGS AND RESEARCH

by | June 7, 2017
From: Truthout “The Trump administration budget proposal would put large numbers of people at risk by reducing funds for Tsunami warnings, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) — an advocacy group representing staff members of government agencies ...

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 ...
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