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Feds withhold conservation funding over DNR logging practices

by Minnesota Reformer | August 14, 2023
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is withholding more than $20 million in conservation grants over concerns the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is allowing logging in sensitive wildlife habitat. “We applaud this action by the Fish and Wildlife Service. U.S. taxpayers should ...

National parks struggle with unclear e-bike policy, nonprofit says

by KJZZ | August 14, 2023
A Park Service policy issued during the Trump administration said that e-bikes could go anywhere regular bikes could. That met with widespread opposition. So, the agency turned the matter over to individual parks, which resulted in legal action. A court ordered the agency to write a new ...

Laudable or laughable? Southern Utahns, others talk Biden’s proposed public lands rule

by St. George News | August 13, 2023
President Joe Biden’s administration proposed a new public lands rule emphasizing conservation. The “Conservation and Landscape Health” rule, first proposed in March, lists conservation as a use of BLM lands on par with grazing, recreation and resource extraction, among others. “ ...

Chemical Company-Funded Senators Float Watered-Down PFAS Bill

by Sludge | August 11, 2023
The chair and the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works floated draft legislation in late June on the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS that critics argue would fail to regulate the toxic substances by implementing a restrictive legal definition of the ...

Officials: Error led to routing planned transmission line through national monument

by Nevada Independent | August 10, 2023
The potential destruction of ice age fossils in a Southern Nevada national monument by a proposed energy transmission line is due to a decade-old mapping error, according to federal employees, but at least one government accountability group isn’t buying it. “We are not aware of a ...

We Had 44 Period and Incontinence Products Tested for Forever Chemicals. Many Were Contaminated.

by The New York Times | August 10, 2023
Forever chemicals are everywhere, including in period and incontinence products—even in some that companies claim are free of such substances. That’s the conclusion from independent lab testing we solicited that looked for signs of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in 44 ...

$22 million withheld from Minnesota DNR until it proves wildlife priority before logging

by Star Tribune | August 9, 2023
In a rare and possibly unprecedented move to ensure that Minnesota complies with federal environmental laws when selling timber on state hunting lands, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has placed a hold on $22 million in wildlife habitat grant money. “It is outrageous that ...

‘Forever chemicals’ found in local water supply

by The People Sentinel | August 8, 2023
Kyla Bennett, an ecologist and director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, explained that PFAS accumulates in the body, and the more PFAS that one is exposed to, the more prone they are to experience health issues. “The biggest thing people need to know is that these ...

Senator Urges EPA to Recoup Nearly $100,000 That Ex-Official Wasted

by NTD | August 5, 2023
President Joe Biden’s administration should seek nearly $100,000 that a former government official was found to have improperly used, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said on Aug. 4. The illegal spending was first highlighted by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). ...

Senator Urges EPA to Recoup Nearly $100,000 That Ex-Official Wasted

by Epoch Times | August 5, 2023
“This violation of taxpayer resources and public trust cannot go unanswered. These misspent funds must be returned to reimburse taxpayers and deter future abuses,” the senator said in a statement. The agency did not respond to a request for comment. Ms. Lemos could not be reached. ...

Report faults US EPA review of new chemicals

by Chemical & Engineering News | August 4, 2023
“This report signifies that the public health threat posed by the unending stream of new chemicals entering the marketplace remains largely unabated,” Kyla Bennett, science policy director at the nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), says in a statement ...

Environmental leaders push for transparency on state’s clean energy program

by Maryland Matters | August 3, 2023
Eight environmental leaders are pressing Maryland energy regulators for more transparency on how the state’s renewable energy program is handled — and how the state hands out financial credits for entities that generate renewable energy. In a letter sent Tuesday to the five members ...

Groups Call On Interior Secretary To Officially Restrict e-Bikes’ Access In National Parks

by National Parks Traveler | August 3, 2023
“Secretarial Orders that remain on the books are supposed to be authoritative, not relics of dead policies,” said Peter Jenkins, senior counsel for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, noting that the Biden administration has already rescinded at least five pre-existing ...

‘This is acres of plastic’: Environmentalists concerned over artificial turf replacement at Newton high school

by Boston Globe | August 3, 2023
The conversation on artificial turf is happening across the country, with bills pending in California and New York to ban synthetic turf, according to Kyla Bennett, the Massachusetts-based director of science policy at advocacy nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.  ...

Court says MPCA did not take ‘hard look’ at NorthMet permit

by Duluth News Tribune | August 2, 2023
Minnesota regulators did not adequately consider whether a key water permit for a proposed copper-nickel mine would comply with the Clean Water Act and did not take seriously federal regulators’ concerns, which were left out of the public record, on the permit, the Minnesota Supreme ...

EPA falls short on new chemical reviews — watchdog

by | August 2, 2023
Kyla Bennett, a former EPA employee who now directs science policy for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, said that number is proof “that EPA is making mistakes.” To fix its problems, the report made four recommendations to EPA: plan and finalize guidance for ...

Government watchdog files lawsuit against federal agency overseeing Haskell for withholding investigative report

by LJ | July 28, 2023
A government watchdog nonprofit trying to obtain a report detailing an investigation into a number of alleged crimes at Haskell Indian Nations University filed suit Friday in Washington, D.C., against the federal agency that oversees Haskell. Public Employees for Environmental ...

House Dems press EPA on PFAS in fluorinated plastics

by E&E News | July 25, 2023
Fluorinated plastic barrels have been found to leach dangerous “forever chemicals” into the foods, cleaning supplies and other products the containers may hold. The groups — the Center for Environmental Health and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility — ...

Environmentalists Lose Push to Tighten Corrosivity Standards

by Bloomberg Law | July 25, 2023
The EPA doesn’t need to tighten its corrosivity standards under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the DC Circuit ruled Tuesday in a loss for an environmental group. “PEER has missed—by more than four decades—the 90-day deadline to file a direct challenge to the regulation ...

Not Everyone Is Happy About E-Bikes in National Parks

by Mother Jones | July 25, 2023
In 2019, near the end of the Trump administration, then–Interior Secretary David Bernhardt instructed national parks to allow e-bikes wherever traditional bikes were allowed. The nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) sued, arguing that NPS needed to undertake ...
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