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What killed off billions of Alaska’s snow crabs?

by Salon | October 28, 2022
A whistleblower who once worked with NOAA released a report in 2021 in Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, detailing supposed data falsification and other dishonest activities NOAA conducted. The report claims that “scientific fraud” is why the snow crab ...

Op-ed | The dirty secret behind some ‘clean energy’ offers

by The Hill | October 26, 2022
As our climate spins out of control, an urgent need exists for clean energy advocates and watchdog organizations to ensure that protecting climate-conscious energy consumers goes hand in hand with efforts to support programs to address the climate crisis. A recent Maryland study  ...

Reader Participation Day: Should The NPS Conduct Environmental Studies In Building Air Tour Plans?

by National Parks Traveler | October 26, 2022
However, outside groups such as Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, have criticized the NPS and FAA for avoiding environmental reviews called for by NEPA in designing the management plans. According to PEER, the agencies are claiming “categorical exclusions” ...

Manatee deaths on track for second-highest on record, environmental group says

by NPR | October 25, 2022
This year the number of mortalities is on track to be the second-highest on record. That’s according to the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. The group cites data from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which shows that 717 manatees have died this ...

City Debates Replacing Aging Turf Fields, Hears Testimony on Health and Environmental Harms

by CT Examiner | October 22, 2022
Dr. Kyla Bennett, director of science policy at Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility – a group that supports public employees who report improper actions within their agencies and work to improve regulations that protect the environment and human health – took part in the ...

Forever Chemicals in Breast Milk at toxic levels

by Daily Kos | October 21, 2022
“We know PFOS is a carcinogen, we know it’s a deadly chemical and there’s no safe level in drinking water,” said Kyla Bennett, a former EPA official and science policy director with the non-profit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), which issued a press ...

AFGE Local Seeks Docs From EPA On Remote Work Policy

by Law360 | October 21, 2022
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency violated the Freedom of Information Act by not responding in a timely manner to a request by an American Federation of Government Employees local seeking documents… Read the PEER Story… ...

Bryce Canyon National Park Releases Air Tour Management Plan

by National Parks Traveler | October 20, 2022
However, outside groups such as Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, have criticized the NPS and FAA for avoiding environmental reviews called for by the National Environmental Policy Act in designing the management plans. According to PEER, the agencies are claiming “ ...

US firms exploiting Trump-era loophole over toxic ‘forever chemicals’

by The Guardian | October 12, 2022
Chemical companies are dodging a federal law designed to track how many PFAS “forever chemicals” their plants are discharging into the environment by exploiting a loophole created in the Trump administration’s final months, a new analysis of federal records has found. Read the PEER ...

Chemical investigators push EPA on refinery safety

by E&E News Greenwire | October 12, 2022
Concerns around HF have endured for years. In early 2019, CSB similarly appealed to EPA to scrutinize the chemical following repeated incidents at refineries (Greenwire, April 24, 2019). That same year, months after the PES incident, EPA rejected a petition from Public Employees for ...

Navigating U.S. Federal and State Regulation of PFAS in Applications Involving Food

by Food Safety Magazine | October 11, 2022
Some groups argue that EPA’s definition of PFAS is too narrow. One of these groups, the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), filed a lawsuit against EPA in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia claiming that the agency is “withholding ...

State sued over deal allegedly weakening Boeing’s cleanup at toxic site near Simi

by VC Star | October 11, 2022
But the lawsuit differs. It was filed by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, Parents Against Santa Susana Field Lab and the Los Angeles chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility. “As a result of a secret negotiation without any input from the public, the state ...

Toxic “forever chemicals” present in most pesticides

by Earth.com | October 8, 2022
“We know PFOS is a carcinogen, we know it’s a deadly chemical and there’s no safe level in drinking water,” said Kyla Bennett, a former EPA official and science policy director at the non-profit organization Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). “Our soil and ...

Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ detected in commonly used insecticides in US, study finds

by The Guardian | October 7, 2022
PFAS, also known as forever chemicals, can be taken up by crops. Such high levels in pesticides creates a health risk if spread on fields where food is grown, public health advocates say. “We know PFOS is a carcinogen, we know it’s a deadly chemical and there’s no safe level in ...

The Supreme Court Has Unleashed a New Tool to Hamstring Federal Agencies. Congress Must Act.

by Union of Concerned Scientists | October 6, 2022
The West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decision the US Supreme Court handed down in June curtailed strategies EPA can use to slow climate change, but its problematic implications stretch far beyond greenhouse gas reduction. In a new report, experts from the Center ...

Hunters Point Superfund Site May Not Get Full Cleanup

by The New Lede | October 6, 2022
A full cleanup may not materialize for the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco, a Superfund site since 1989, according to a memo the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released on September 30th. The memo, which was directed to Public Employees for Environmental ...

Groups sue to force a more aggressive cleanup of old Rocketdyne site

by Courthouse News Service | October 6, 2022
Formerly known as Rocketdyne, the 2,850-acre lab sits just outside the city of Los Angeles near Simi Valley. From 1947 to 2006, it was used to test and develop rocket fuel, engines, chemical lasers and small-scale nuclear reactors. Over the years, the land and water around the lab was ...

After West Virginia vs. EPA Case, How Can We Protect Public Health?

by Union of Concerned Scientists | October 6, 2022
In a new report, “In the Wake of West Virginia v. EPA,” policy experts from the Center for Progressive Reform, Climate Science Legal Defense Fund, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, and the Union of Concerned Scientists look at how Congress and the executive branch can ...

San Francisco, EPA Fight Over Hunters Point Shipyard Radiation Cleanup

by NBC Bay Area | October 5, 2022
In the memo to a public employee environmental watchdog group, known as “Peer,” the EPA states its land use rules are designed to “ensure protection of human health but also to ensure the integrity of remedies in the long term.” “They are not as protective as they ...

Glacier plans to phase out commercial air tours by 2029

by Whitefish Pilot | October 5, 2022
It took a lawsuit filed by the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility against the Park Service and Federal Aviation Administration to get to this point. PEER spokesman Jeff Ruch said the organization was pleased that Glacier was fading out tours altogether, but he said the Park ...
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