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EPA targets ‘forever chemicals’ in pesticides

by E&E News | September 2, 2022
“We know how dangerous PFAS are, we know where the vast majority are coming from, and we must turn off the tap of all nonessential PFAS uses,” said Kyla Bennett, who directs science policy for PEER. “Removing PFAS from the approved list of inert ingredients for pesticides ...

Whistleblowers Say EPA Endangers Public Health

by Living On Earth | September 2, 2022
The scientists who are responsible for figuring out whether new chemicals pose risk to human health or the environment, they are being instructed to delete hazards from these risk assessments to make chemicals appear safer than they are, you know, where it says this is a carcinogen. It&# ...

Lawmakers, groups call for faster phaseout of plastics in national parks

by Plastics News | August 30, 2022
In June the federal government announced plans to phase out a wide range of single-use plastic products on Department of Interior lands by 2032. But lawmakers and three environmental groups are calling on President Joe Biden’s administration to move faster with plastic bottles in ...

How the Inflation Reduction Act could help National Park Service staffing shortage

by KJZZ | August 30, 2022
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility noted the labor shortage in a recent report. One concern is that, as the number of rangers has gone down, the number of search and rescue operations has gone up. But the nonprofit says that the legislation provides $500 million toward ...

Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ detected in Cambridge drinking water; city to spend $2 million per month switching to alternative water source, officials say

by Mass Live | August 29, 2022
Kyla Bennett, director of science policy for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility in New England, told the Boston Globe she doesn’t think Cambridge residents should be using or drinking the city’s water right now. She encouraged residents to purchase PFAS filters “I ...

EPA Proposes Regulating Two Common ‘Forever Chemicals’ Under Superfund Law

by EcoWatch | August 29, 2022
On the other side, environmental and public health groups point out that the regulation only applies to two out of more than 4,000 PFAS and comes after the EPA has dragged its heels on effectively regulating the chemicals. “EPA actions are too little and too late,” Tim Whitehouse, the ...

Cambridge finds elevations of toxic ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water, will switch to MWRA

by Boston Globe | August 28, 2022
Kyla Bennett, director of science policy for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility in New England, urged Cambridge residents to stop using the city’s water because of the reported levels of PFAS. Bennett lives in Easton, where the town is spending more than $9 million on a ...

EPA wants to label certain ‘forever chemicals’ as hazardous substances

by North East Tribune | August 26, 2022
PFAS has also been found in high concentrations at the country’s military bases. The US Department of Defense says it has spent more than $1.5 billion on PFAS-related research and cleanup efforts. In the body, the chemicals primarily settle into the blood, kidneys and liver. A 2007 study ...

EPA wants to label certain ‘forever chemicals’ as hazardous substances

by CNN | August 26, 2022
Tim Whitehouse, the executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a group that works on environmental ethics and scientific integrity issues, said this latest move from the EPA is merely a baby step in the fight to end PFAS pollution. “EPA actions are too ...

EPA wants to label certain ‘forever chemicals’ as hazardous substances

by WKTV | August 26, 2022
Tim Whitehouse, the executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a group that works on environmental ethics and scientific integrity issues, said this latest move from the EPA is merely a baby step in the fight to end PFAS pollution. “EPA actions are too ...

EPA to list PFAS chemicals as hazardous, increasing toxic liability

by MLive | August 26, 2022
Tim Whitehouse, director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), called the move “too little and too late” and advocated for the EPA to regulate PFAS a hazardous “waste” under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Read the PEER Story… ...

EPA announces proposal to label toxic ‘forever chemicals’ as ‘hazardous substances’

by Alternet | August 26, 2022
Tim Whitehouse, who serves as the executive director for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, also insisted the EPA’s latest directive is small effort part of a bigger effort bring an end to PFAS pollution. “EPA actions are too little and too late,” ...

EPA finally moves to label some ‘forever chemicals’ as hazardous

by Washington Post | August 26, 2022
“Since EPA does not appear to be ready to regulate all PFAS as a class, it may be condemned to playing a futile game of regulatory whack-a-mole for generations to come,” said Tim Whitehouse, executive director of the advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. ...

Polluters could pay billions in fines for PFAS cleanup under new Biden plan

by The Guardian | August 26, 2022
Though most environmental groups applauded the move, the EPA’s actions “are too little and too late,” said Timothy Whitehouse, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and a former EPA attorney. The hazardous waste designation addresses only two ...

EPA expands PFAS crackdown with Superfund proposal

by E&E News | August 26, 2022
Not all advocates were so thrilled. Tim Whitehouse, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, called the move “too little, too late.” He underscored that the action does not extend to the wider world of PFAS chemistry, even as thousands of compounds ...

Conservationists urge Biden administration to step up plastics ban in parks

by Fronteras | August 23, 2022
The nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or PEER, has found through public records requests that industry lobbyists have fought the agency on the issue behind the scenes. “National parks are where we come to enjoy our nation’s natural beauty and learn about its ...

Conservationists urge Biden administration to step up plastics ban in parks

by KJZZ | August 23, 2022
The nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or PEER, has found through public records requests that industry lobbyists have fought the agency on the issue behind the scenes. “National parks are where we come to enjoy our nation’s natural beauty and learn about its ...

‘Dooming another generation of Americans’: The crisis of exposure to toxic materials

by Daily Kos | August 22, 2022
Dr. Kyla Bennett, director of science policy at Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and a former EPA employee, told Daily Kos about how this failure spans across presidential administrations regardless of party. “We have not had an environmental president since ...

Water board, Boeing deal sets stage for cleanup to begin

by Thousand Oaks Acorn | August 19, 2022
West Hills resident Melissa Bumstead, founder of Parents Against Santa Susana Field Lab, said the group has identified 81 cases of pediatric cancer within a 10-mile radius of the SSFL. Jeff Ruch, founder and executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, said the ...

If Gov. DeSantis really wants to oust officials, here’s a list | Column

by Tampa Bay Times | August 18, 2022
Hamilton has only held the top DEP job for a year, but he was with the agency for 13 years before that. How’s he doing? Absolutely outstanding, according to the polluters. But if you’re interested in clean waterways, the answer is: Not so good. Every year, Jerrel “Jerry” Phillips ...