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National parks see decline in ranger force, even as the number of rescues increases

by KJZZ | July 25, 2022
“Well overall Park Service staffing has been going down for the last 20 years, even as visitation has been going up, there are new parks, and new acreage, and things like that,” said Jeff Ruch of the nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. “And law ...

Park service ranger ranks decline, even as crime rises

by Wyoming Public Media | July 25, 2022
The advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Policy found that the number of permanent law enforcement officers has dropped 15 percent since 2005. Seasonal officers are down 30 percent in the same time period. Colleen Teubner, staff attorney for the organization, said the long- ...

EPA official demoted under Trump appeals lawsuit

by E&E News Greenwire | July 25, 2022
“Dr. Etzel made important disclosures about EPA’s failure to address children’s lead poisoning, and in retaliation was removed from her position as EPA’s Director of the Office of Children’s Health Protection,” her attorney, Paula Dinerstein of Public Employees for ...

Experts to Congress: Restore EPA enforcement staffing and funding for environmental justice

by Grist | July 22, 2022
“The administration is trying to reorient its focus, but it needs the tools to do that,” said Tim Whitehouse, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and a former senior attorney for EPA’s enforcement division. “It needs the enforcement officers, ...

US FDA seeks information on fluorinated polyethylene in FCMs

by Chemical Watch | July 21, 2022
The FDA has been working closely with the EPA after testing found that certain PFASs can form and leach from some fluorinated high-density polyethylene (HDPE) containers into the pesticide they are storing. The issue arose in September 2020, when the nonprofit group Public Employees for ...

Trump admin tried to blunt EPA review of popular weedkiller

by E&E News | July 21, 2022
The PFBS assessment was a day one priority for the Biden administration, with EPA officials working to withdraw and replace the evaluation almost immediately after the president’s inauguration. Other efforts have been more slow-going but still very much underway, including work to ...

Tighter EPA ‘Minor’ NSR Policy Will Help Address Colorado Permit Failures

by | July 20, 2022
Becker further said that “EPA recognizes CDPHE is making significant strides in strengthening its air quality programs, including several changes to improve the evaluation and permitting of minor sources. These include new processes and guidance, increased staffing, and improved ...

Report gives Biden administration’s Bureau of Land Management mixed reviews

by KJZZ | July 20, 2022
The nonprofit says the administration has made progress in fixing agency-wide problems, but there is plenty of room for improvement, particularly in the area of climate change. “Oil and gas leasing on public lands contributes to greenhouse gasses, emissions, and also the livestock ...

Exclusive: Biden administration’s slow pace to repair BLM has delayed climate goals, PEER report says

by Washington Post | July 19, 2022
In falling behind on its promise to fix Trump-era systemic issues at the Bureau of Land Management, the Biden administration has derailed many of its own climate goals, according to a new report from the nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility shared exclusively ...

NPS ranger ranks ‘dangerously thin’ as crime rises, report says

by E&E News Greenwire | July 19, 2022
Despite an increase in crime, the number of law enforcement officers assigned to national parks has declined substantially since 2005, with park rangers now spread “dangerously thin,” according to a report released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. The ...

NPS ranger ranks ‘dangerously thin’ as crime rises, report says

by E&E Greenwire | July 19, 2022
Despite an increase in crime, the number of law enforcement officers assigned to national parks has declined substantially since 2005, with park rangers now spread “dangerously thin,” according to a report released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. The ...

OSTP R&D Effort Draws Concerns Over Differing Definition For PFAS

by Inside EPA | July 19, 2022
The White House science office’s request for information that will help shape an upcoming federal research strategy for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is sparking concern from an environmental watchdog group over its use of a PFAS definition that differs from those EPA and ...

EPA Faults Colorado Air Quality Regulators Over Whistleblower Claims

by Patch | July 19, 2022
The report outlines six recommendations for APCD regulators, including an overhaul of the agency’s minor source permitting procedures and amending existing permits of some pollution sources identified in the complaint. The EPA is asking the state to provide a written response to the ...

EPA knocks Colorado’s system for issuing air quality permits to minor polluters like drilling sites, gold mines

by ArcaMax | July 17, 2022
Kevin Bell, a lawyer for the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which filed the complaint on behalf of the whistleblowers, said the permitting problems were irresponsible and put the state further behind in its efforts to improve air quality. Foul air continues to cause ...

EPA doing “bare minimum” to address toxic PFAS pollutants in drinking water

by Enviro News | July 17, 2022
Samples taken from Cape Canaveral, Florida – home to Department of Defense and National Aeronautics and Space Administration facilities – had a 176 ppt concentration on the TOF test. The EPA 537 test only showed a 15 ppt concentration. A water sample from Madison, Wisconsin measured ...

National Park Service Continues To Languish In “Best Places To Work” Survey

by National Parks Traveler | July 15, 2022
Authors of the report also stated that “[E]ven those who found the experience valuable expressed concern about whether any real action would come out of all the effort. Many expressed a sense of futility in participating as ‘NPS keeps bringing people down here to get our ...

EPA faults Colorado air quality regulators over whistleblower claims

by Colorado Newsline | July 15, 2022
The report outlines six recommendations for APCD regulators, including an overhaul of the agency’s minor source permitting procedures and amending existing permits of some pollution sources identified in the complaint. The EPA is asking the state to provide a written response to the ...

EPA audit bashes Colo.’s industrial air permit management

by E&E News | July 15, 2022
The newly released EPA report notes that Colorado officials are already working to implement recommendations to improve their handling of what is formally known as the Minor New Source Review permitting program. Among other steps, the agency has implemented “stringent interim ...

New EPA guidelines on PFAS “forever chemicals” put Frisco far over drinking water limits

by Colorado Sun | July 12, 2022
The EPA’s weeks-old revised guidelines, which are not meant to be enforceable local regulations but guidance for state water officials, “are saying there is virtually no safe level of PFOA and PFOS,” two discontinued varieties of the common consumer and firefighting chemicals, said ...

Why Experts Are So Worried About ‘Forever Chemicals’

by MSN | July 11, 2022
How do you get PFAS in your system? By breathing in contaminated air, drinking contaminated water, and eating contaminated food. The Guardian recently conducted an analysis of water samples collected in nine different cities in the United States, and found that the water test used by ...
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