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Wildlife director’s qualifications challenged

by Daily Mining Gazette | April 15, 2023
The scientists calling for her ouster say they’re concerned the administration is setting a precedent by sidestepping the scientific education requirement. They claim Williams is serving in contradiction to the administration’s own policies and ethics rules. They pointed to an ...

EPA weighs regulating more ‘forever chemicals’ under Superfund law

by E&E Greenwire | April 13, 2023
Industry groups such as the American Chemistry Council have been staunch critics of EPA’s proposed rule. ACC said in an email that the group is “skeptical that a credible case can be made to list these seven chemistries under CERCLA.” “PFAS are a diverse universe of ...

EPA Standards Miss Many Chemicals in Drinking Water, Study Says

by Wall Street Journal | April 12, 2023
Authors of a new study say that the federal government is likely underestimating the extent of “forever chemicals” contamination in drinking water nationally. The Natural Resources Defense Council study illustrates a central challenge of regulating a group of hundreds of chemicals that ...

Scientists challenge US wildlife director’s qualifications

by ABC News | April 12, 2023
They claim Williams is serving in contradiction to the administration’s own policies and ethics rules. They pointed to an assessment done by Biden’s Scientific Integrity Task Force that suggests executive branch positions should be filled by candidates with appropriate credentials ...

Court Dismisses Private-Citizen Suit against Inhance

by National Law Review | April 11, 2023
On April 6, 2023, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a suit brought by the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) to prevent Inhance Technologies USA (Inhance) from generating per- and polyfluoroalkyl ...

Whistleblower Group Ramps Up Scrutiny Of Navy’s Hunters Point Cleanup

by Inside EPA | April 11, 2023
A group representing federal whistleblowers is ramping up scrutiny of the Navy’s cleanup of radiation waste at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard (HPNS) in San Francisco, petitioning the service’s inspector general to investigate officials’ allegedly inaccurate statements ...

Lack of Scientific Integrity Threatens EPA’s Credibility; Action Called for to Make Improvements

by Beyond Pesticides | April 10, 2023
OIG is an independent branch of EPA that can receive complaints of mismanagement, misconduct, abuse of authority, or censorship, including those related to scientific or research misconduct, without fear of improper influence. Through its statutory mandate, OIG investigates these ...

Toxics Release Inventory/Community Right-to-Know Act: PEER Petitions U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to Include Waste Combustors/Incinerators

by JD Supra | April 10, 2023
The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and Energy Justice Network (collectively “PEER”) submitted an April 3rd document to EPA titled: Petition for Rulemaking Pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, ...

Judge tosses lawsuit over PFAS in plastic barrels

by E&E News | April 7, 2023
“That rule ensures that citizen suits serve to ‘supplement rather than to supplant governmental action,'” Boasberg, an Obama appointee, wrote in the opinion. At issue in the lawsuit from the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) and Public Employees for Environmental ...

Fresh concerns raised about the cleanup of Hunters Point Shipyard

by San Francisco Examiner | April 7, 2023
An environmental group is applying fresh pressure on the agencies charged with the cleanup and oversight of the Hunters Point shipyard, a former naval base on the southeastern tip of San Francisco. On Thursday, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a Bay Area-based nonprofit ...

Harvard professor lobbied SEC on behalf of oil firm that pays her lavishly, emails show

by The Guardian | April 6, 2023
Kyla Bennett, director of science policy with Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (Peer), whose work with whistleblowers has exposed industry’s influence with regulators, Congress, academia and the media, said: “Our current ecological predicament means we can no longer ...

NASA’s New Supersonic Jet Will Have One Thing Missing: a Sonic Boom

by | April 5, 2023
Environmentalists are opposed to the mission. Quiet supersonic technology would reduce noise pollution, but supersonic travel still burns more jet fuel than a typical commercial flight. A 2022 report from The International Council on Clean Transportation found that supersonic aircraft use ...

National Park Service Opposes Legislation To Allow Fixed Climbing Anchors In Wilderness

by National Parks Traveler | April 4, 2023
Opposition to that change came from The Access Fund, a national advocacy organization for the climbing community. Drawing the organization’s ire was a requirement that a permit be obtained before a fixed anchor was placed along a climbing route in official or potential wilderness. ...

Bipartisan Fraud Fighting Bill Unanimously Passes Senate

by Chuck Grassley | April 3, 2023
The Administrative False Claims Act (AFCA), S.659, updates the law governing smaller, and potentially more frequent, instances of fraud committed against the government. The legislation raises the statutory ceiling on these types of claims from $150,000 to $1 million, expands the number ...

Groups petition US EPA to force reporting of waste incinerator emissions

by Reuters | April 3, 2023
 Environmental groups on Monday petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to require companies to disclose the chemicals discharged from waste incinerators and plants that claim to recycle plastic waste into fuel. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and the ...

Office of the Inspector General Slams EPA for Betraying Scientific Integrity. . . Again

by Beyond Pesticides | March 31, 2023
The OIG report notes “unprecedented” interference on the part of Trump EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and other political appointees in the PFBS assessment. At the 11th hour, Mr. Wheeler ordered the insertion of a range of toxicity values, rather than a specific limit. The ...

Save the Whales or Next Day Delivery?

by Insider New Jersey | March 29, 2023
According to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a non-profit advocacy group, federal regulators have failed to implement the “decisive measures” necessary to protect them “due in part to fishing industry opposition.” “Due to a combination of increasing coastal ...

US environmental agency to conduct internal inquiry over Ohio train wreck

by The Guardian | March 29, 2023
Critics say the Joe Biden administration has not been cautious enough in its approach, or taken strong enough action against Norfolk Southern, the rail company behind the disaster. Much of the ire over the management of the toxic wreck’s aftermath was directed at the EPA, and rightwing ...

Lawsuit: National Park Service air tour plan violates federal law

by Marin Independent Journal | March 27, 2023
A lawsuit filed by environmental groups alleges the National Park Service and the Federal Aviation Administration violated federal law by approving a plan to regulate air tours over Marin County’s national parks without adequately studying environmental impacts. The Public Employees for ...

How Massachusetts’ new DEP commissioner will bring ‘transparency and equity’ to the agency

by Boston Globe | March 26, 2023
But Kyla Bennett, director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility in New England, said she’s “terrified” that Heiple will “ram through” renewable energy projects at the expense of conservation. Bennett referred to a 2021 article co-authored by Heiple that said ...
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