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PEER in the News

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

Breaking: The Park Service buried its own study on harassment

The report outlined suggestions from employees on how to improve the culture and systems, including human resources support, high-quality training from outside the agency, alternative ways to deal with smaller issues while avoiding cumbersome bureaucratic processes, and better protection for employees — especially those in rural areas. PEER sent a letter Monday to Charles F....
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Ongoing Wyoming Roundup is Expected to Become the Largest Wild Horse Removal in BLM Program History

In a report prepared by P.E.E.R., Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, addressing rangeland health, the following findings are presented. “These figures are derived from BLM land health standards assessment datasets obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The land health status records the most current assessment conducted through 2020. • BLM’s records reveal that most...
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Listen | Environmental Groups Say Potential Of PFAS In EPA Maps Concerning, Want More Testing

Listen here» Environmental Groups say new data in maps released by the EPA following a lawsuit shows an estimated 3,500 industrial facilities in the State that could pose dangerous health impacts and water contamination. Citizens Campaign for the Environment and PEER say chemicals known as PFAS don’t have the ability to break down, posing risks to the...
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Left grows impatient with Biden’s regulatory plans

“My gut feeling is he has no clue and no desire to take on environmental stuff — none,” said Kyla Bennett, a director at the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. “It just seems like they are doing the bare minimum because they are Democrats.” To be sure, federal regulations take time to craft and...
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Almost 150 Groups Call for Better Whistleblower Protections for Contractors, Grantees

A diverse coalition of almost 150 organizations is calling on Congress to support a provision to better protect contractors and grantees who blow the whistle on mismanagement and wrongdoing. The organizations sent a letter––shared exclusively with Government Executive––to Congress on Wednesday regarding an amendment to the fiscal 2022 National Defense Authorization Act that was introduced by Sen....
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Gov. Polis’ budget proposal includes millions for electric school buses, air quality monitoring, green buildings

Chandra Rosenthal, Rocky Mountain Field Office director for PEER, said the division clearly needs more people. She estimated it employs two people who conduct predictive modeling and about 30 permit engineers, all of whom are swamped with work. Oeth couldn’t immediately confirm whether the staffing estimate was accurate. “If modeling was being done correctly, there’s...
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Americans will always revere mustangs

The Bureau of Land Management has embarked this year on a campaign to clear tens of thousands of wild mustangs from our public lands for the sake of millions of cattle and sheep. The BLM and its allies in the beef industries know the images of helicopters stampeding mustangs into traps, or of defeated mustangs...
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Safety of PFAS in turf fields questioned

Nantucket’s PFAS Action Group is sounding the alarm over the synthetic turf fields being proposed as part of the Nantucket school system’s $17.5-million-dollar revamp of its aging athletic complex. The debate pits Ph.D. against Ph.D., includes accusations of science for hire, and hinges on a widely differing set of facts, assumptions and assertions. Caught in the...
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Group says air tour plans inadequate

An organization that brought suit against the National Park Service over air tours is saying the Park Service hasn’t done enough to curb the flights under its new plans. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility last month filed a motion in federal court to compel the Park Service to complete environmental analysis of air tour plans,...
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New federal data shows where dangerous ‘forever chemicals’ may be handled in Whatcom

The state Department of Health does not yet have any information regarding PFAS levels in Whatcom County drinking water. Some of the main industries potentially handling PFAS in Whatcom County include waste management, chemical manufacturing, electronics industry and metal coating facilities, according to the EPA data, which was obtained by the nonprofit Public Employees for...
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