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Viewpoint: Analyses shows BLM ducking review of livestock grazing, impacts on wildlife

by Missoula Current | April 1, 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 ...

Report: BLM skips mandatory analysis of grazing impacts

by KSUT | March 31, 2022
The findings come on the heels of a separate analysis of internal records by the watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility that found more than half of the lands managed by the bureau failed its own environmental standards. It found livestock grazing was the ...

Minamata Convention Bans Mercury Satellite Propellants

by Treehugger | March 31, 2022
The fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Minamata Convention on Mercury just wrapped up in Bali, Indonesia. COP meetings aren’t just about climate: The Minamata Convention is “a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse ...

Animals in Wildlife Sanctuaries at Greater Risk of Pesticide Exposure from Internal Agricultural Practices

by Beyond Pesticides | March 30, 2022
Another concern for wildlife refuges involves crops genetically engineered (GE) to tolerate pesticide exposure. In 2012, Beyond Pesticides and other environmental groups, led by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and Center for Food Safety (CFS), won a court battle to ...

Stone-Manning: BLM sage grouse changes, grazing rule coming soon

by E&E News | March 30, 2022
Stone-Manning’s speech to the ranching trade group today comes as environmental advocates this month ramped up calls for BLM to better manage livestock and sheep grazing to protect stressed federal lands. The government watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility ( ...

Internal EPA Report Describes “Incredibly Toxic Work Environment” in New Chemicals Division

by The Intercept | March 30, 2022
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or PEER, which has been representing the whistleblowers and submitted the Freedom of Information Act Request for the internal report, said that the newly released document vindicated the group’s clients. “It supports everything they’ ...

Producers Warned by EPA that PFAS Is Contaminating Pesticides and Food

by Beyond Pesticides | March 29, 2022
Plastic storage barrels contaminated with polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) may be in violation of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), according to an open letter released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last month. Manufacturers, producers, processors, ...

Dangerous materials used in firefighting foam are showing up in drinking water, soil

by Highlands Ranch Herald | March 29, 2022
Colorado may have the largest number of sites in the nation that have handled PFAS chemicals, due to firefighting drills and operations at military installations, mountain wildland firefighting, and from PFAS chemicals in firefighting and other industrial materials at oil and gas ...

Groups say BLM ignoring environmental concerns when issuing grazing permits

by Oregon Capital Chronicle | March 28, 2022
The Bureau of Land Management has been renewing livestock grazing permits on public lands in Oregon without a thorough environmental analysis, including on overgrazed land, according to two new reports. The Western Watersheds Project and the Public Employees for Environmental ...

Were Boeing’s fines after Woolsey Fire reduced because of a conflict of interest?

by VC Star | March 27, 2022
The fines stemmed from toxic and radioactive contaminants in stormwater runoff from Boeing’s portion of the Santa Susana Field Lab following the devastating fire, which broke out on the 2,850-acre site, according to the nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility ...

National Park Service Silent On Dropping Public Input On Cell Tower Installations

by National Parks Traveler | March 25, 2022
National Park Service officials in Washington have been silent on retaining a Trump administration policy not to seek public involvement on proposals to locate cell towers in the National Park System or to provide other pertinent information surrounding the towers. According to Public ...

PFAS News Roundup: Indiana PFAS property transfers, Lake Superior rainbow smelt advisory, new Ohio PFAS regulation bill

by Great Lakes Now | March 24, 2022
New York ranks 8th among the 50 states that altogether have 120,000 possible sites releasing potentially carcinogenic PFA class chemicals used in everything from cooking pans to firefighter foam, advocates said Tuesday. Suffolk has 286 sites on an interactive map created by the Public ...

Park Remarks: Who really owns the land? Land ownership, decisions in flux near Utah parks

by The Spectrum | March 24, 2022
The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on a motorized travel management plan for the greater Paunsaugunt area just outside of Kanab, including off-road vehicle travel, through March 25. Data released last week show that 54 million acres of land managed by BLM fail to ...

EPA questioned its ability to regulate pet products with pesticides, like Seresto, records show

by USA Today | March 24, 2022
Newly released EPA records reveal internal debates over effective regulation of pet products EPA staff cited concern about one product in particular: Seresto, the popular flea and tick collar Some EPA staff were concerned enough that they discussed punting pet product regulation to the FDA ...

EPA internally questioned its ability to properly regulate pet collars linked to tens of thousands of injury reports

Kyla Bennett, director of science policy at the nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, was not surprised by the documents. Called PEER, the nonprofit organization works to support current and former public employees who protect the environment. Bennett, a lawyer who ...

A study finds Florida has highest number of polluted lakes in the U.S.

by WFSU Public Media | March 24, 2022
A 2020 review of DEP enforcement by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility found that despite promises of reform, enforcement under Gov. Ron DeSantis continued to drop. While the number of inspections increased, finding more cases of non-compliance, the rate of enforcement fell ...

As “forever chemical” concerns mount, Colorado lawmakers move to ban product sales

by Colorado Sun | March 24, 2022
Colorado may have the largest number of sites in the nation that have handled PFAS chemicals, due to firefighting drills and operations at military installations, mountain wildland firefighting, and from PFAS chemicals in firefighting and other industrial materials at oil and gas ...

Many BLM grazing permits renewed without NEPA review, group says

by E & E News | March 23, 2022
The WWP review follows a report earlier this month from Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility that found roughly half of the 108 million acres of land that has been leased by BLM for livestock grazing does not meet baseline rangeland health standards (E&E News PM, March 14 ...

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility Takes On the Manatee Crisis in Florida

by American Shoreline Podcast | March 22, 2022
On this episode, hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham talk to Timothy Whitehouse and Jerry Phillips about the manatee die-off currently unfolding in Florida. This crisis, the latest result of the state’s poor water quality, has drawn the attention of Public Employees for ...

Florida tops list for most polluted lakes in the U.S., study finds

by WGCU | March 21, 2022
A 2020 review of DEP enforcement by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility found that despite promises of reform, enforcement under Gov. Ron DeSantis continued to drop. While the number of inspections increased, finding more cases of noncompliance, the rate of enforcement fell. ...