News Clips

PEER in the News

Recent press clips from national publications that relate to PEER issues, campaigns and news releases.

“ADOPT” A STORM DRAIN: CLEAN WATER STARTS HERE

From: NM Political Report “Initial funding was provided by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), the family-run Roros Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Local advertising agency iostudio donated a decommissioned Windows-based laptop to support programming needs in the field, while volunteer Greg Rhinehart modified industry-leading software donated by ESRI ArcGIS to create unique...
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TWO HORSES AND MULE DIE OF DEHYDRATION IN AZ APACHE-SITGREAVES FOREST

From: Sonoran News “An attempt to criminally prosecute U.S. Forest Service employees for acts of cruelty to animals resulting in the death of two horses and a mule has been dropped, according to court records posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The dismissals followed an assertion of federal sovereign immunity in order to...
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3 BLM STATE DIRECTORS REMOVED IN REORGANIZATION – SOURCES

From: E&E News “Nedd sent an agencywide email to all staff June 16 acknowledging that the budget cuts, if implemented, “could mean 1,000 fewer full-time equivalent employees across the Nation,” according to a copy of the email obtained by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. Nedd’s email says the agency can probably handle most of the reduction...
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INTERIOR DEPARTMENT REORGANIZATION WILL HIT NEW MEXICO’S LANDSCAPES, COMMUNITIES

From: NM Political Report “The BLM’s workforce has declined by one-fifth since 2010, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), which notes that despite being the smallest federal land agency, BLM has the largest jurisdiction, overseeing a total of 245 million acres of land and 700 million acres of mineral rights nationwide. In December, PEER...
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PRESIDENT TRUMP LOOKS TO SLASH NEARLY 4,000 INTERIOR DEPARTMENT JOBS

From: New Hampshire Public Radio “BLM, even though it’s one of the most thinly staffed agencies in federal service, is also central to the Trump plans to increase energy production on public lands. So I don’t understand how they do that by taking almost one quarter of the cuts just out of this agency.” Read more...
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OCEANS: LAWMAKERS HEAR WHETHER MARINE SANCTUARIES SHOULD SINK OR SWIM

From: E & E News “The natural resources director of Aleutians East Borough in Alaska, Ernest Weiss, brought up the proposal to create an Aleutian marine sanctuary. It was proposed by the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and later turned down by NOAA. Weiss said he was not aware of any local support for the...
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OCEANS: LAWMAKERS TO REVIEW MARINE SANCTUARIES

From: E & E News “NOAA determined that the nomination, led by the nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, was “not sufficient”. The hearing comes as the Trump administration is reviewing several marine monuments designated in the past couple of decades by presidents under the authority granted to them by the century-old Antiquities Act. “ Read...
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DO WI-FI AND CELL SERVICE BELONG IN OUR NATIONAL PARKS?

From: Motherboard Vice “”Pursuit of bigger bandwidth puts Yellowstone on a never-ending cellular treadmill. Yellowstone’s custodians are doing more to service smartphones than to fix its crumbling infrastructure,” Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), said in a statement emailed this week.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story
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TRUMP’S INTERIOR SECRETARY DEFENDS HIS PLAN TO CUT AT LEAST 4,000 STAFF

From: Think Progress ““According to Trump’s fantasy plan, BLM is supposed to achieve ‘energy independence’ before its coffee break, stimulate rural ‘job creation’ by lunch and do it with substantially less resources,” said PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch, noting that BLM failed to identify any functions the bureau is supposed to set aside. “It is disturbing...
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BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT PLANS TO CUT 1000 JOBS IN FY2018

From: Bloomberg Government ““Jeff Ruch, the group’s executive director, told Bloomberg BNA June 21 he’s concerned that the BLM and other federal agencies may turn to involuntary employee separations–known in the federal government as reductions in force–to implement spending cuts in Trump’s proposed budget.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story
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