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Ban on pesticides with PFAS feeds concern about unintended impacts

by Yahoo News | January 27, 2023
Environmental advocates like the Conservation Law Foundation and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility are urging Maine to go even further, calling on the Board of Pesticides Control to conduct independent PFAS tests on all registered pesticides rather than relying on ...

Advocates Seek Ban On Bloom Fertilizer Over Forever Chemicals Concerns

by DCist | January 27, 2023
“These very, very high levels are likely to be transported into food and drinking water,” says Monica Mercola, staff counsel with Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. The other groups involved in the testing are the Montgomery Countryside Alliance and the Sugarloaf ...

DC Water defends soil product over claims that it contaminates drinking water

by WUSA9 | January 26, 2023
Testing from Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility released this week added to those high test results. According to PEER, Eurofins Laboratory testing of Bloom biosolid fertilizer showed PFOA (a major form of PFAS) levels of 21 parts-per-billion (ppb). This is 5.3 million ...

White House ‘Integrity’ Framework Draws Stiff Criticism From Whistleblowers

by Inside EPA | January 24, 2023
OSTP has touted several elements of the framework as major steps forward for integrity protections, such as “a first-ever Government-wide definition of scientific integrity, a roadmap of activities and outcomes to achieve an ideal state of scientific integrity, a Model Scientific ...

Can air travel ever be ‘green’?

by The Week | January 23, 2023
It’s certainly a challenge to find the right balance. While the new Boeing plane is getting the headlines, NASA is also planning a test flight this year of the X-59 “quiet supersonic technology” aircraft, Flight Global reports. The idea — as the name suggests — is ...

“Unusual mortality event”: Climate concerns rise after dead whales keep washing up on beaches

by Salon | January 19, 2023
According to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a non-profit advocacy group, federal regulators have failed to “implemented decisive measures” necessary to protect them “due in part to fishing industry opposition.” “Due to a combination of ...

Of Whales and Wind: A Spate of Deaths Prompts Concerns

by Insider New Jersey | January 18, 2023
A 2021 NOAA report flagged failure to comply with vessel speed limits as a major risk to the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale population which numbers around just 400. These whales can range from 45 to 55 feet long and weigh 70 tons. According to Public Employees for ...

Recent Federal Developments in Chemical Law

by National Law Review | January 18, 2023
Nonprofit Organizations File Suit Claiming That Plastic Containers Treated With Fluorine Gas Leach PFAS In Violation Of EPA Regulations: On December 27, 2022, the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) filed a lawsuit in the U.S ...

Suncor’s temporary shutdown brings sense of relief for some nearby residents

by Rocky Mountain PBS | January 17, 2023
Stories about similar health problems from her neighbors, along with her research in climate justice, fueled Molina to encourage her community to speak up, which came in handy when Suncor requested permission to exude additional emissions in a Title V permit renewal for Plant 2. A Title V ...

‘Forever chemicals’ expose the need for systemic changes

by The Maine Monitor | January 15, 2023
Greatly increasing the funding and staffing of EPA’s chemicals division would certainly improve chemical oversight, observed Kyla Bennett, an ecologist and lawyer who directs science policy for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a nonprofit that supports ...

Right whale calf count at 11

by The Brunswick News | January 14, 2023
There were more than 100 breeding females in 2010. Today only 75 are left in the population, George said. One female is known to be in a life threatening entanglement and was last seen near Cape Hatteras in North Carolina. George said she will likely die if people can’t locate her soon ...

Inside the Fight to Fly Over Parks

by Daily Beast | January 14, 2023
The action finally came as a result of a court order. The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), an environmentalist group of former and current public employees, sued the FAA in 2017 for effectively ignoring the Air Tour Management Plan of 2000 for almost 20 years. ...

Inside the Fight to Fly Over National Parks

by Yahoo News | January 13, 2023
The action finally came as a result of a court order. The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), an environmentalist group of former and current public employees, sued the FAA in 2017 for effectively ignoring the Air Tour Management Plan of 2000 for almost 20 years. ...

Inhance faces EPA, environmental group lawsuits

by Plastics News | January 13, 2023
Packaging barrier maker Inhance Technologies LLC is facing questions about the safety of its fluorination coating process for high density polyethylene containers, including an investigation and lawsuit from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Read the PEER Story… ...

NASA now eyes 2023 first flight for X-59, as supersonic projects face heat

by Flight Global | January 13, 2023
In 12 January letter, nonprofit group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility urged NASA administrator Bill Nelson to review the X-59 programme in light of “climate implications”. “Supersonic aircraft consume many times more fuel and produce many times the amount of ...

Supersonic Aviation Program Could Cause ‘Climate Debacle,’ Environmentalists Warn

by Inside Climate News | January 12, 2023
An experimental jet that aerospace company Lockheed Martin is building for NASA as part of a half-billion dollar supersonic aviation program is a “climate debacle,” according to an environmental group that is calling for the space agency to conduct an independent analysis of the jet’ ...

In Colorado, Oil and PFAS Shouldn’t Mix

by Natural Resources Defense Council | January 12, 2023
“Oil and gas operations are particularly bad places to use PFAS—or any type of dangerous chemical—because there are so many different pathways of contamination,” Horwitt says. PFAS doesn’t just get into our water but our air, too, due to the methane-flaring methods the industry ...

Biden admin revisits sage grouse regs, teeing up fresh battles

by E & E News | January 11, 2023
But focusing on wild horses irks some conservation groups. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility released a report of its own accusing the USGS of overstating the harm caused by wild horses to greater sage grouse habitat, while overlooking the fact there are many more cows and ...

Commentary: Group seeks lead ban on ammo, fishing tackle for NPS properties

by Outdoor News | January 11, 2023
On Nov. 17, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility filed a petition to ban the use of lead ammunition and fishing tackle on all property managed by the National Park Service. According to the petition, this includes more than 51 million acres open to hunting, comprising more ...

Watchdog group: National Park Service law enforcement staffing remains low

by KJZZ | January 10, 2023
In the last couple of decades, visitation to national parks has increased significantly, but the number of law enforcement officers in the parks has fallen. New findings by the nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility show the National Park Service has reduced the number ...
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