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Park Service reduces special agents’ duties as staff shrinks

by Billings Gazette | December 29, 2022
Amid an increase in visitation and crimes in national parks, the National Park Service has narrowed the scope of the crimes its dwindling number of top-level investigators will handle. According to a National Park Service internal memo released Thursday by the watchdog group Public ...

New Lawsuit Targets Toxic PFAS, or Forever Chemicals, in Plastic Food Containers

by One Green Planet | December 29, 2022
The defendant, Inhance, produces tens of millions of consumer containers that contain PFAS, according to the consumer advocacy group behind the lawsuit. The plaintiffs are asking the judge to order Inhance to follow EPA rules that require it to receive approval for its production process ...

Park Service reduces special agents’ duties as staff shrinks

by Helena Independent Record | December 29, 2022
Amid an increase in visitation and crimes in national parks, the National Park Service has narrowed the scope of the crimes its dwindling number of top-level investigators will handle. According to a National Park Service internal memo released Thursday by the watchdog group Public ...

Inhance Technologies sued over PFAS in plastic food containers

by Reuters | December 29, 2022
A Houston-based company that reinforces plastic packaging for food and household goods is putting the public at risk of exposure to toxic “forever chemicals,” according to a new lawsuit brought by environmental and public health groups. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility ...

PEER Seeks EPA Data To Assess Legality Of Controversial Cleanup Decision

by Inside EPA | December 29, 2022
An environmental whistleblower group is petitioning EPA to release records relating to the agency’s decision to uphold a controversial and precedent-setting Trump-era Superfund cleanup decision at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge nuclear site, signaling that it plans to use the ...

New US Lawsuit Targets ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Plastic Food Containers; Cleaning, Home, Personal Care

by Democratic Underground | December 28, 2022
Inhance, a Houston-based company named as a defendant, produces tens of millions of consumer containers that contain PFAS, the consumer advocacy groups behind the lawsuit say. The plaintiffs ask a judge to order Inhance to follow Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules that require it ...

The U.S. EPA Is Targeting PFAS in Food Containers

by GreenMatters | December 28, 2022
The U.S. EPA is currently involved in a major lawsuit that — depending on the results — would be huge for both environmental and human health. Together the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) are suing Texas-based container ...

EPA Sues Over PFAS Contamination In Plastics, Claiming TSCA Violations

by Inside EPA | December 28, 2022
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) posted EPA’s Dec. 19 complaint as an addendum to its Dec. 27 release announcing a separate Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) suit that it and the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) filed against Inhance Technologies — ...

Groups Sue to Stop Company’s ‘Forever Chemical’ Contamination of Plastic Containers

by Common Dreams | December 28, 2022
A pair of nonprofit advocacy groups on Tuesday sued a Texas company in a bid to stop it from generating so-called “forever chemicals” while manufacturing plastic containers. The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) ...

New US lawsuit targets ‘forever chemicals’ in plastic food containers

by The Guardian | December 27, 2022
The groups also charge that regulators have known of the potential health threat since early 2021 but have failed to eliminate it. “It’s a grave concern for me that these containers are used for food, full stop,” said Kyla Bennett, a former EPA scientist who is now with Public ...

New Lawsuit Targets PFAS Contamination in Plastic Containers

by Bloomberg Law | December 27, 2022
A plastics technology company’s use of flourine gas is contaminating household supplies with PFAS, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by environmental non-profit groups. The Center for Environmental Health and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility filed the complaint  ...

‘Forever chemicals’: Poolesville’s drinking water contaminated

by WUSA9 | December 26, 2022
One possible source of the chemical contamination being investigated by the town: Fertilizers used by area farmers, including some using treated sewage waste from the Potomac River. “We’re very concerned about biosolids and fertilizers. So we know those come from wastewater ...

Watchdog group calls for tougher action against DNR on timber issue

by Star Tribune | December 22, 2022
A national watchdog group has urged U.S. Fish and Wildlife Director Martha Williams to take stronger action against the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for allegedly logging public wildlife lands primarily for commercial timber production. The complaint letter this week from Tim ...

Media Bias and the Most Censored News Stories of 2022, Part One.

by Salt Lake City Weekly | December 21, 2022
Apart from The Intercept, “only a handful of niche publications have reported on the matter,” Project Censored noted. However, in January 2022 Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) filed a lawsuit to compel EPA to disclose the reports, following up on an ...

PEER Says EPA Failed To Document TSCA Science Integrity Investigations

by Inside EPA | December 14, 2022
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) says EPA has been “unable to account for” 53 investigations into claims of scientific integrity violations — many at the TSCA office — that it told the Office of Inspector General (OIG) it had closed in 2021-22, ...

(Opinion) Scott Beckstead: Wild horses deserve a home in the West

by Greeley Tribune | December 9, 2022
Two prominent, mainstream environmental organizations — Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and Western Watersheds Project — exposed the BLM’s own grazing data that reveals commercial livestock, not wild horses, responsible for overgrazing.  These organizations were ...

A History of Malignancy: Governor Polis and the Oil Industry in Colorado

by CounterPunch | December 9, 2022
I recently participated in a conversation with midlevel managers at the APCD.  The meeting had been arranged by Chandra Rosenthal, the regional attorney for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).  She and PEER had recently represented 3 pollution modelers from the APCD ...

Pinelands Commission OKs Plan To ‘Thin’ Over 1300 Acres Of Trees In Bass River, But Experts Disagree On Its Value In Preventing Fires

by Pine Barrens Tribune | December 8, 2022
Concurring with that sentiment was environmentalist Bill Wolfe, who served in various roles with the NJDEP for 13 years, including that of policy advisor to the commissioner, was policy director of the New Jersey Sierra Club for seven years, founder of the nonprofit Public Employees for ...

The Billionaire’s Press Dominates Censorship Beat

by Random Lengths News | December 8, 2022
Apart from the Intercept, “only a handful of niche publications have reported on the matter,” Project Censored noted. However, in January 2022 Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) filed a lawsuit to compel EPA to disclose the reports, following up on an earlier ...

The Elusive Quest for Environmental Justice at Hunters Point

by Earth Island Journal | December 5, 2022
The ongoing controversy surrounding Hunters Point recently flared up again this fall, when the EPA made it known that it doesn’t intend to hold the Navy responsible for a full cleanup at the site. Failure to do so would disregard Proposition P, a measure passed overwhelmingly by San ...
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