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Artificial turf popular in drought-stricken Arizona but environmentalists warn of hidden dangers

by MEAWW | December 1, 2023
Artificial turf has become a ubiquitous sight across Arizona, adorning sports fields, public parks, and residential landscapes. While many hail artificial turf as a practical means of reducing water usage, critics like Kyla Bennett from Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility ...

Council Mulls Nursery Field Plan That Community Debates

by Rye Record | November 30, 2023
The National Audubon Society and the Westchester Historical Society have voiced concerns about the proposal, which also is opposed by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. On Oct. 3, Rye’s Conservation Commission Advisory Council said it considered the artificial turf ...

EPA withdraws consent for Chemours to export GenX from Netherlands to Fayetteville

by NC Newsline | November 29, 2023
Timothy Whitehouse, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, issued a statement: “We welcome EPA’s reversal of its decision to allow the importation of toxic PFAS waste into the United States for reclamation and disposal. This whole fiasco must serve as ...

Park Service tightens restrictions on air tours at Rushmore, Badlands

by Nebraska Examiner | November 24, 2023
Bureaucratic difficulties and delays stalled compliance with law. The national nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility sued in 2018 to force the adoption of air tour management plans. The group ultimately won an order that was upheld by an appeals court in 2020, which ...

Be thankful for Florida whistleblowers like Ron Magill

by Florida Phoenix | November 23, 2023
Over and over, Eller had to grit his teeth and okay new subdivisions that he knew would destroy the places the endangered cats called home. He had to say yes to things he knew were wrong. Finally, he’d had enough. In 2004, with help from Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility ...

Park Service tightens restrictions on air tours at Rushmore, Badlands

by South Dakota Searchlight | November 22, 2023
Bureaucratic difficulties and delays stalled compliance with law. The national nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility sued in 2018 to force the adoption of air tour management plans. The group ultimately won an order that was upheld by an appeals court in 2020, which ...

EPA considers approving fruit pesticide despite risks to children, records show

by The Guardian | November 21, 2023
Kyla Bennett, a former EPA scientist who now works with the watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, said the emails provide more evidence that the EPA needs an overhaul and that it is steeped in an “industry-beholden culture” that persists regardless of which ...

US Continues Disposing of PFAS Waste Despite Known Dangers

by Lexology | November 20, 2023
This news comes on the heels of a new analysis of EPA data showing that over the last five years at least 60 million pounds of PFAS waste has been disposed of in the US. According to the author of the new analysis, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (Peer), the 60m pounds ...

Nonprofit: Artificial turf raises ground temperatures, releases PFAS into soil

by KJZZ | November 20, 2023
The plastic can also release PFAS, the so-called forever chemicals that the government has only recently begun to monitor, said Kyla Bennett of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. “As it’s exposed to UV light, and abrasion, and slightly acidic rain, even more PFAS ...

GenX imports to Fayetteville on pause as EPA reconsiders decision

by Fayetteville Observer | November 17, 2023
Tim Whitehouse, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, expressed similar concerns: “We welcome EPA’s decision to pause the import of PFAS waste for reclamation and disposal from the Netherlands. However, a long-term solution to the problem of PFAS ...

US industry disposed of at least 60m pounds of PFAS waste in last five years

by The Guardian | November 17, 2023
The 60m pounds estimate is likely to be a “dramatic” undercount because PFAS waste is unregulated in the US and companies are not required to record its disposal, the paper’s author, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (Peer), wrote. Still, the findings “depict a vast ...

State and Local Governments Across the Country are Sidelining Science. Here’s What’s Needed

by Union of Concerned Scientists | November 16, 2023
States lack the necessary safeguards to shield scientists and their work from politicization, and to hold wrongdoers accountable. A 2020 study from the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund found that only two state agencies in the entire country — the California Department of Fish and ...

Despite deadline pressure, Maine lawmakers urged to press ahead on PFAS disclosure requirements

by Maine Public | November 14, 2023
“Maine is a leader, a national leader in PFAS regulation,” said Kyla Bennett, science policy director for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. Speaking on Monday to members of the Legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Bennett said that ...

Legislators hear from environmental experts, industry professionals on PFAS regulations

by Maine Morning Star | November 13, 2023
On Monday, some of these industry leaders as well as environmental experts shared feedback with the environment committee on the rollout of the new law. Kyla Bennett from Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility urged legislators to set regulations on PFAS using the precautionary ...

Trying Times For National Park Service Funding

by National Parks Traveler | November 12, 2023
The fiscal seesawing that the Park Service, and other federal agencies, have had to endure over the years takes a toll on the Park Service’s workforce. Earlier this year Public Employees For Environmental Responsibility noted that the agency’s attrition numbers have been on ...

PFAS-laden waste shipments underreported, unregulated — report

by E & E News | November 10, 2023
The lack of sufficient regulations on waste containing “forever chemicals” leaves U.S. communities vulnerable to increased shipments of dangerous substances, according to a new report. The report, published Thursday by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, reveals ...

Citing EPA’s PFAS Data, PEER Renews Calls For Tougher RCRA Rules

by Inside EPA | November 9, 2023
Watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) is pointing to a new analysis of EPA data showing significant increases in shipments of PFAS waste between 2018 and 2023 to renew its call for the agency to craft strict “hazardous waste” rules for such waste, ...

NIH integrity plan is ‘like a car without an engine’

by Research Professional News | November 9, 2023
Draft lacks rules to prevent suppression of research, says Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility group The National Institutes of Health’s draft scientific integrity policy is “like a car without an engine”, according to a not-for-profit that encourages government ...

EPA reexamining importation of harmful chemical wastewater to North Carolina

by NC Newsline | November 7, 2023
Tim Whitehouse, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, expressed similar concerns: “We welcome EPA’s decision to pause the import of PFAS waste for reclamation and disposal from the Netherlands.However, a long-term solution to the problem of PFAS ...

Agency that sued feds to get withheld investigative report on alleged crimes at Haskell says documents it received aren’t what it asked for

by LJ World.com | November 6, 2023
As the Journal-World has reported, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility — a government watchdog nonprofit that, in part, assists public employees in fighting for accountability and transparency in government actions — sued the BIE in late July after the bureau withheld ...
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