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Tucson turf businessman discusses advancement of industry concerning PFAS

by News 4 Tucson | January 10, 2024
Duane Enos owns Turf Designs on Silverbell near Grant. The retired Tucson Police Officer has been in business for around four years and says since the beginning, his company has tested for PFAS chemicals in their product. Enos reached out to News 4 Tucson after seeing our report on the ...

Federal officials revise grant conditions to ensure DNR logging on hunting lands serves wildlife

by Star Tribune | January 10, 2024
A public watchdog group based in Washington, D.C., applauded the US FWS for requiring extensive documentation by the DNR and pre-approval by the USFWS. The compliance is required before the DNR can offer any timber for sale on subsidized hunting land. The parcels in question have been ...

The Biden Administration Is Letting Corporate Criminals Off the Hook

by The New Republic | January 10, 2024
Tim Whitehouse, a former EPA enforcement attorney and the executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, praised the Biden administration’s recent improvements on enforcement while acknowledging the strong headwinds such efforts face. “It takes years of ...

Report links toxic substance to cancer deaths in at least six baseball players: ‘What happened to exercising caution?’

by The Cool Down | January 8, 2024
An investigation showing a possible link between brain cancer and artificial turf strengthened a key argument among champions for natural grass — that nature does it better. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on examinations into the deaths of six former Philadelphia Phillies, who spent ...

Colt killed after injuring leg escaping BLM roundup, event captured on video

by 8 News Now | January 8, 2024
Video showing a colt hurting its leg as it fights to get away from wranglers is the latest flashpoint in advocates’ criticism of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) roundups on Nevada ranges. “A mare and her colt escaped. The colt is now dead,” according to an account on Wild Horse ...

Environmentalists Hope To Revive Landmark PFAS Orders Despite Court Stay

by Inside EPA | January 4, 2024
Two environmental groups are seeking to join the appellate suit over EPA’s novel orders for a plastics manufacturer to halt use of a fluorination technology that allegedly contaminates products with PFAS, aiming to bring the orders back into force after the agency agreed to a stay — ...

Tough choices could make 2024 a wild ride for Interior

by E&E News | January 4, 2024
Results of the latest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey made public last month showed that 56 percent of NPS employees expressed satisfaction with the agency. A remarkable 36 percent said they would not recommend the agency as a good place to work, while 46 percent said they doubted senior ...

Unexpected drawbacks to artificial turf in Arizona

by News 4 Tucson | January 2, 2024
Many home and business owners in Arizona are considering a switch to artificial turf. Fake grass has its benefits, like saving on water, but it has its own set of problems. The national nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility recently released a study showing turf ...

Oil and gas exempt from drilling rules in endangered bird habitat. Is species threatened?

by Carlsbad Current-Angus | January 2, 2024
Oil and gas operators were granted exemptions to drilling restrictions intended to protect an endangered bird species in the plains of eastern New Mexico, causing environmental groups to criticize the federal agency tasked with managing operations on public land. Largely based on timing ...

Why fake grass is not a good alternative for your lawn

by 12News | January 2, 2024
Fake grass might sound like a great alternative to the water-loving lawns at homes in the Valley – but experts say that’s not the case. “It’s dangerous for you. It’s dangerous for your pets. It’s dangerous for your kids and it’s dangerous for your ...

2023 In Review | Some Of The Top Stories From Around The National Park System

by National Parks Traveler | December 31, 2023
Nearly two years after Chuck Sams took over as director of the National Park Service with a determination to improve employee morale, workforce morale continues to fall, employee flight from the agency is growing, and the agency’s directorate is failing to reverse those trends,  ...

BLM begins roundup of nearly 3,000 horses in Nevada

by 8 News Now | December 29, 2023
A wild horse roundup currently underway in Northern Nevada is expected to gather about 2,875 horses to put up for adoption. The use of helicopters leads to injuries as the horses are gathered, and a 2023 lawsuit highlighted the death of a horse in eastern Nevada that was put to death after ...

Federal plan limits number of helicopter tours in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

by Hawai'i Public Radio | December 27, 2023
The National Park Service and the Federal Aviation Administration have completed an air tour management plan for the park, which is home to one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Under the plan, only 1,548 air tours will be authorized per year — down from existing levels of more ...

Advocacy group says BLM has favored oil and gas over an endangered bird species

by New Mexico Political Report | December 27, 2023
Nearly every time that oil and gas operators have applied for exemptions measures aimed at protecting the endangered lesser prairie chicken, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Carlsbad Field Office has granted those requests, according to information gathered by Public Employees for ...

North Carolina’s environment: The year that was and the year to come

by NC Newsline | December 27, 2023
EPA recently ordered Inhance Technologies, based in Houston, to stop producing PFAS in the manufacture of plastic bottles made with HDPE. These bottles, labeled with the number 2, often contain milk, shampoo, soap, detergent and motor oil.  The EPA said that three of the compounds ...

OPM survey: Morale at all-time low among National Park Service employees

by Williams-Grand Canyon News | December 26, 2023
The morale among National Park Service (NPS) employees ranks well below that of other Interior Department workers and federal employees generally, according to the latest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey results posted Dec. 19 by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). ...

OMB Clears Proposed Rule Listing PFAS As RCRA ‘Hazardous Constituents’

by Inside EPA | December 22, 2023
The White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) has completed its review of an EPA proposed rule to list four PFAS as Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) “hazardous constituents,” which once finalized would give regulators the authority to require cleanup actions for ...

EJ Group Vows To Sue EPA, Navy Over Hunters Point Superfund Cleanup

by Inside EPA | December 21, 2023
A California environmental justice (EJ) group is threatening to sue EPA and the Navy over the troubled cleanup of radiological and other contamination at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard (HPNS) site in San Francisco, alleging the agencies violated the Superfund law pertaining to ...

EPA says Inhance must change fluorination process for HDPE containers

by Plasteurope.com | December 21, 2023
As part of its crackdown on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), the US Environmental Protection Agency has ordered Inhance Technologies (Houston, Texas, USA) to halt production of three of the so-called “forever chemicals” generated in its manufacturing process for fluorinated ...

Celebrating Birds and Their Habitats Conserved in 2023: Reducing Threats and Building the Bird Conservation Movement

by American Bird Conservancy | December 20, 2023
In February, ABC and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility led more than 60 other nonprofit groups in calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to make major reforms in the way it regulates systemic insecticides. The proposal focuses on neonicotinoids (neonics), systemic ...
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