News Clips

THE MEMBERS OF EPA’S SUPERFUND TASK FORCE HAD REALLY GOOD MEMORIES

by | December 28, 2017
From: Mondaq / Foley Hoag “It turns out that, according to Johnny Walker, the DOJ attorney representing EPA in the litigation, there is a simple explanation for EPA’s failure to produce any documents – there aren’t any. According to the AP, Walker has told PEER that the Task Force ...

RACHEL MADDOW RIPS DISGRACED OKLAHOMA BANKER WHO ‘IMMACULATELY CONCEIVED’ REPORT ON TOXICALLY POLLUTED SUPERFUND SITES

by | December 28, 2017
From: Raw Story ““The EPA did not respond with any materials,” Maddow said. “PEER sued and this week, almost six months later, they did not get the documents they were looking for but they did get a response from the EPA. And it’s amazing. Associated Press reporting, ‘a lawyer ...

PRUITT DRIVES OUT EPA STAFF, HIRES BUDDY

by | December 28, 2017
From: MSNBC The Rachel Maddow Show “Rachel Maddow reports on the disgraced former banker Albert Kelly, Scott Pruitt’s friend who he put in charge of an EPA superfund cleanup task force as qualified, experienced EPA staff flee the agency by the hundreds.” Read more . . . Read ...

RETALIATION, NOT JUST HARASSMENT, A PROBLEM AT INTERIOR, GROUP SAYS

by | December 22, 2017
From: FED Week “However, the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility organization stressed that the survey also found that when employees complained, no action was taken in 64 percent of the cases and an official career action was taken against the persons responsible in only ...

EPA: HOUSE REPUBLICANS QUERY PRUITT ABOUT SUPERFUND LIST

by | December 21, 2017
From: Greenwire “EPA’s Superfund Task Force, which helped create the list, kept no internal records of its activities, according to the agency’s response to Freedom Of Information Act litigation by watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility” Read ...

FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR OIL SPILL FUND WILL END IN 2018

by | December 20, 2017
From: Juneau Empire “On Monday, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility said by email that a 9-cent per-barrel excise tax on all American crude oil will expire at the end of the year. That tax goes into the fund to pay for oil spills from a variety of sources, including ...

EPA SAYS SUPERFUND TASK FORCE LEFT BEHIND LITTLE PAPER TRAIL

by | December 20, 2017
From: The Tribune “The advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, known as PEER, quickly filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking a long list of documents related to the development of Pruitt’s plan. Now, nearly six months after the task force ...

EPA: SUPERFUND TASK FORCE CREATED BY PRUITT DIDN’T MAINTAIN ANY RECORDS

by | December 20, 2017
From: Talking Points Memo News “The task force in June issued a nearly three-dozen page report containing 42 detailed recommendations, all of which Pruitt immediately adopted. The advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, known as PEER, quickly filed a Freedom of ...

TOXIC POLLUTION AT LETTERKENNY: A 35-YEAR, $180 MILLION CLEAN UP

by | December 18, 2017
From: Public Opinion “ “The Pentagon is the most prolific and profound polluter on the planet,” said Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a national whistle-blower support organization that has chronicled insider reports of pollution ...

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, FEDERAL LANDS EXPLAINED

by | December 18, 2017
From: Teen Vogue ““It’s not just BLM,” says Jeff Ruch, executive director at Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). “Public land planning in general has become more opaque and moved to a closed-door process.”” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

HERE’S HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE LEFT THE EPA SINCE SCOTT PRUITT TOOK OVER

by | December 18, 2017
From: Townhall ““There has been a drop of employees of 770 between April and December. While several hundred of those are buyouts, the rest of those are either people that are retiring or quitting in disgust,” Kyla Bennett, director of New England Public Employees for Environmental ...

ZINKE REACTS TO HARASSMENT SURVEY WITH 4 DISMISSALS

by | December 18, 2017
From: VOA News “The findings “suggest there was a meltdown of the accountability mechanisms” at the department, said Jeff Ruch with Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, an advocacy group for government employees that has been critical of Zinke’s handling ...

INTERIOR DEPT. SAYS 1 IN 3 EMPLOYEES REPORT BEING HARASSED

by | December 15, 2017
From: Miami Herald “Those findings “suggest there was a meltdown of the accountability mechanisms” at the department, said Jeff Ruch with Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, an advocacy group for government employees that’s been critical of Zinke’s ...

EPA REFUSES TO RELEASE DOCUMENTS BACKING SCOTT PRUITT’S CLIMATE DENIAL

by | December 14, 2017
From: Truthout “”If Mr. Pruitt does indeed possess facts on climate change that are different from those previously displayed on EPA webpages, he should share them with the public before spending our money to stage a debate,” said PEER Senior Counsel Paula Dinerstein.” ...

MORE THAN 700 EMPLOYEES HAVE LEFT THE EPA SINCE SCOTT PRUITT TOOK OVER

by | December 14, 2017
From: Think Progress ““There has been a drop of employees of 770 between April and December. While several hundred of those are buyouts, the rest of those are either people that are retiring or quitting in disgust,” Kyla Bennett, director of New England Public Employees for ...

ENVIROS SUE CHEM SAFETY BOARD OVER ACCIDENT REPORT RULES

by | December 13, 2017
From: Law 360 “In a complaint filed Thursday in D.C. federal court, Air Alliance Houston, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and other environmental groups say that the CAA requires the Chemical Safety Board to establish requirements for reporting accidents. While having ...

US CHEMICAL SAFETY BOARD SUED FOR NOT CREATING EMISSIONS REPORTING RULE

by | December 13, 2017
From: C & E News “Several nonprofit organizations sued the U.S. Chemical Safety Board earlier this month for failing to establish a national reporting system to collect data on air pollution emissions from accidents by U.S. companies. “ Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

ENVIROS WAITING ON DOJ TO OK BISON RANGE AGREEMENT

by | December 13, 2017
From: Law 360 “The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and a group of retired federal employees filed a joint status report on Monday with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service saying that a tentative agreement in a suit over the management of the National Bison Range still ...

FOIA REQUEST FOR PRUITT CLIMATE SCIENCE DENIAL DEEMED ILLEGITIMATE BY EPA, DOJ

by | December 13, 2017
From: The District Sentinel ““PEER is requesting only existing documents supporting official Agency statements,” the group said on Monday in filings submitted to a federal judge in Washington.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

BIAS: NEW YORK TIMES PUBLISHES NEW 3,000 WORD ATTACK AGAINST TRUMP’S EPA, LEAVES OUT KEY DETAILS

by | December 12, 2017
From: The Western Journal “Recent reports appear to complicate Lipton’s analysis. The number of special agents in the EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division cratered from 207 to 154 during the Obama era and reduced the number of cases by 47 percent, according to documents Public ...