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Colorado finds “forever chemicals” PFAS in 100% of fish sampled in three big counties

by Colorado Sun | April 22, 2022
Fountain, where the El Paso fish samples were taken, had to shut down its municipal water supply in 2015 after PFAS was detected, replacing it with supplies from a cleaner Pueblo Reservoir. The city eventually began treating its water sources with PFAS-removing materials supplied by the U ...

Planning board hears from artificial turf opposition

by MV Times | April 20, 2022
Kyla Bennett, director of the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, said PFAS are a very large class of compounds that are toxic in minute amounts. She said the DEP will be reassessing its maximum contaminant levels for PFAS next year, and she anticipates that the state will ...

State task force recommends Mass. do more to crack down on PFAS

by The Boston Globe | April 20, 2022
But Kyla Bennett, director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility in New England, found it “disappointing.” ”I thought that the goals were wimpy … and I thought the language was a little slippery,” she said. She said she’d hoped the report would include more ...

Minnesota Supreme Court to take up PolyMet water permit case

by Duluth News Tribune | April 20, 2022
The Supreme Court on Tuesday also granted requests from the American Federation of Government Employees Local 704 , Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, Public Records Media, Minnesota Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Well Owners Organization and two ...

GovExec Daily: Empowering Employees Will Help Conservation Efforts

by Government Executive | April 19, 2022
Lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, predominantly in the Western United States, cover nearly 250 million acres or about 10% of the land in the U.S. But, conserving public lands depends on the White House empowering federal employees at the land management agencies. Chandra ...

At Least It Won’t Be Raining Mercury

by IEEE Spectrum | April 19, 2022
In 2018, an employee at Apollo Fusion approached the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a nonprofit that investigates environmental misconduct in the United States. The employee—who has remained anonymous—alleged that the Mountain View, Calif.–based space ...

UN Kills Any Plans to Use Mercury as a Rocket Propellant

by Amrita Bazaar News | April 19, 2022
In 2018, an employee at Apollo Fusion approached the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a nonprofit that investigates environmental misconduct in the United States. The employee — who has remained anonymous — alleged that the Mountain View, Calif.-based space ...

Low-Flying Helicopter Prompts Concerns At Yellowstone National Park

by National Parks Traveler | April 15, 2022
At Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which successfully sued the agencies for not moving more quickly on establishing air tour plans, Jeff Ruch said park superintendents pretty much have their hands tied when it comes to airspace over their parks. “Park ...

Study finds thousands of acres of ‘failing’ BLM rangelands within Gunnison County

by Gunnison Country Times | April 13, 2022
Over 200,000 acres of land used for livestock grazing in Gunnison County and the adjacent lands are failing to meet the Bureau of Land Management’s own land-health standards, according to an analysis of BLM records obtained by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a ...

Colorado will have hundreds more air pollution sources to permit. Here’s how the state is gearing up.

by Colorado Sun | April 13, 2022
Lack of pollution modeling staff and permitting procedures too friendly to industrial polluters were among the criticisms leveled at the health department by internal whistleblowers in 2021. The whistleblowers, from the Air Pollution Control Division’s modeling staff, asked the EPA ...

EPA hits reset on pesticides and endangered species work

by E&E News Greenwire | April 12, 2022
Some advocates felt the work plan left a lot to be desired. Kyla Bennett, who directs science policy for the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, said she appreciated EPA’s honesty around not having the resources to meet its demands in a reasonable time frame. But she ...

Biden EPA Unveils ‘First-Ever’ Blueprint to Protect Endangered Species From Pesticides

by Common Dreams | April 12, 2022
Kyla Bennett, who directs science policy for the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, said she appreciated EPA’s honesty around not having the resources to meet its demands in a reasonable time frame. But she pointed to a number of concerns, namely the workplan&# ...

Environmental concerns ground mercury-based satellite thrusters

by Chemistry World | April 8, 2022
But in 2018, Kevin Bell at the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (Peer), a US environmental organisation, was contacted by a space industry whistleblower. The insider told Bell that California-based Apollo Fusion had developed a new mercury-based thruster and was beginning ...

BLM skipping environmental review where livestock grazing conflicts are greatest | Anderson

by Reno Gazette Journal | April 6, 2022
Western Watersheds Project and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) each recently released analyses regarding the Bureau of Land Management’s environmental oversight of its livestock grazing program on 155 million acres of western public lands. We compiled the agency ...

UN ban on mercury as a propellant reveals gaps in ‘Space Law’

by Interesting Engineering | April 6, 2022
In 2018, Kevin Bell, Staff Counsel at NGO Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), received information from a whistleblower about a new satellite thruster under development that used mercury — a highly toxic liquid metal — as a propellant. The company — Apollo ...

US nonprofit sues to compel disclosure on PFASs in high-density polyethylene containers

by Chemical Watch | April 6, 2022
The US nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) has sued the US EPA over its alleged failure to comply with a public records request related to PFAS contamination from fluorinated high-density polyethylene (HDPE) containers. Filed in the US District Court for the ...

Op-Ed | The Success of Biden’s America the Beautiful Plan Hinges on Empowering Federal Employees

by Government Executive | April 6, 2022
With lofty proclamations and admirable ambition, the Biden administration set its sights on preserving 30% of American lands and waters by 2030. In order to meet the goals of its America the Beautiful plan, which is part of the worldwide “30 by 30” conservation initiative, the ...

Scientists sound alarm at US regulator’s new ‘forever chemicals’ definition

by The Guardian | April 5, 2022
Critics also stressed that there was very little data on the toxicity of some excluded chemicals, and permitting the use of PFAS with little toxicological data has led to problems. The EPA in November reported GenX, PFOA and PFOS – three widely used compounds – are much more toxic than ...

BLM whistleblower loses firing appeal in oilfield dispute

by WyoFile | April 5, 2022
A federal administrative judge has rejected an appeal by a whistleblower who claims he was fired from his federal job after advocating for migrating birds at a huge Wyoming gas- and oilfield, the whistleblower’s attorney said Monday. Samantha Black, who adjudicates for the U.S. Merit ...

Max Q: Space goes SPAC

by Tech Crunch | April 4, 2022
Check out this fascinating Twitter thread by Kevin Bell, a lawyer at Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. He details how a whistleblower informed him of a new spacecraft thruster system that used mercury, a powerful neurotoxin that, once emitted, would eventually fall back ...