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NATIONAL PARKS: HAWAIIANS, FEDERAL WORKER GROUP SUE OVER AIR TOUR NOISE

by | October 5, 2017
From: Greenwire “Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and Hawaii Island Coalition Malama Pono want FAA to draft plans or voluntary agreements to govern air tours in seven parks by two years from now.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

GROUPS SUE FOR NOISE POLLUTION ABOVE NATIONAL PARKS, INCLUDING ONE IN UTAH

by | October 5, 2017
From: The Salt Lake Tribune “The lawsuit filed by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and Hawaii Island Coalition Malama Pono asks the court to order the FAA to draft either air tour plans or voluntary agreements governing air tours for seven parks within two years.” ...

INTERIOR: REPUBLICANS PRESS FOR ZINKE TRAVEL DETAILS

by | October 5, 2017
From: Greenwire “The group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility today released documents that show Zinke used a National Park Service boat to take him, family members and two fishermen for a three-hour tour of the Channel Islands National Park after a Junior Ranger swearing ...

EPA PROPOSAL TO RESCIND CLEAN WATER RULE DRAWS PRAISE, FIRE

by | October 5, 2017
From: Law 360 “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers’ proposal to rescind the Obama-era Clean Water Rule drew nearly 200,000 responses, with many business and agricultural groups strongly supporting the elimination of a rule they criticized as an ...

ENVIROS HIT FAA WITH SUIT OVER AIR TOURS IN NATIONAL PARKS

by | October 5, 2017
From: Law 360 “Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and the Hawaii Island Coalition Malama Pono are calling on the FAA to develop an air tour management plan or voluntary agreements to protect seven parks allegedly impaired by overflights, naming in their suit Bryce Canyon ...

GROUPS SUE FAA TO SEEK AIR TOUR PLANS FOR NATIONAL PARKS

by | October 5, 2017
From: Miami Herald “The lawsuit filed by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and Hawaii Island Coalition Malama Pono asks the court to order the FAA to draft either air tour plans or voluntary agreements governing air tours for seven parks within two years.” Read ...

GROUP PETITIONS GOVERNMENT FOR CO DETECTORS IN ALL NEW CARS

by | October 5, 2017
From: NBC News 4 “Ruch said PEER filed a petition with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in March 2016 requesting the agency require all new vehicles be equipped with carbon monoxide detectors and a device that would shut off the car before fumes reach a deadly ...

ACTIVISTS HOPE COMPLAINT WILL STYMIE DUNES DEVELOPMENT

by | September 29, 2017
From: San Francisco Chronicle “Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and Dunes Action made the joint request in a complaint filed Thursday. It was sent to state and federal historic preservation officials and is just the latest in a long series of attempts to stymie the ...

DUNES ACTION, PEER: PAVILION PROJECT MAY VIOLATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION ACT

by | September 29, 2017
From: Chesterton Tribune “Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and Dunes Action are asking for a formal review of Pavilion Partners LLC’s plans to add terraces, balconies, and a rooftop bar to the Pavilion at Indiana Dunes State Park beach, on the ground that ...

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION GOT IT RIGHT IN THE KLAMATH BASIN

by | September 28, 2017
From: News Deeply “The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) alleges improprieties regarding an agreement between the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and the Klamath Water and Power Agency (KWAPA) for a water-banking program. The report claims that Reclamation did not have authority for ...

SCIENCE AND ADVOCACY IN AN AGE OF UNCERTAINTY

by | September 27, 2017
From: Jackson Hole News & Guide ““The unfortunate thing,” says Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a Washington, D.C., organization founded to protect whistleblowers, “is that by the time people usually contact us they’ve had ...

CALIFORNIA JOB FAIRS DRAW INTEREST FROM FEDERAL WORKERS

by | September 26, 2017
From: Bloomberg Government “Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a Washington-based nonprofit, told Bloomberg BNA Sept. 22 he’s not surprised that California is looking to poach federal employees from agencies with environmental missions ...

ETHICS COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST LEGISLATOR OVER WSU WOLF RESEARCH

by | September 26, 2017
From: Capital Press “Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a nonprofit activist group, has filed a complaint against Washington state Rep. Joel Kretz, alleging that he threatened to withhold university funding unless wolf researcher Robert Wielgus was fired. Kretz responded ...

CIVIL SERVANTS COMPLAIN TRUMP IS SIDELINING WORKERS WITH EXPERTISE ON CLIMATE CHANGE, ENVIRONMENT

by | September 26, 2017
From: Los Angeles Times ““The work of the EPA science arm has now been disconnected from the agency’s decision-making,” said Jeff Ruch, executive director of the advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. “It’s like a bureaucratic Dunkirk over there. ...

PUBLIC LANDS: BLM EXPLORES ‘FLEXIBILITY’ FOR RANCHERS ON GRAZING PERMITS

by | September 25, 2017
From: E & E News “The proposal comes less than a year after data compiled by Interior on the nearly 155 million acres on which grazing occurs showed that at least a quarter of federal rangelands don’t meet land health standards (Greenwire, Oct. 7, 2016). Public Employees for ...

REP. THREATENED WSU FUNDING, COMPLAINT STATES

by | September 22, 2017
From: The Daily Evergreen “Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility listed a number of ethics violation allegations over the past decade, many of which involve threats to withhold university funding, including for the new Elson. S. Floyd College of Medicine and the Plant ...

ANGRY THAT SCOTT PRUITT PULLS AGENTS OFF ENVIRONMENTAL INVESTIGATIONS FOR HIS SECURITY DETAIL? THEN STOP DEMONIZING HIM

by | September 22, 2017
From: Washington Examiner “So when the executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility Jeff Ruch attacks Pruitt for allowing the “evaporation of criminal enforcement,” he should really be asking why his organization has demonized the administrator to ...

SCOTT PRUITT IS USING EPA INVESTIGATORS AS HIS PERSONAL BODYGUARDS

by | September 22, 2017
From: Death And Taxes ““These guys signed on to work on complex environmental cases, not to be an executive protection detail,” Michael Hubbard, former head of the EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division office in Boston, told the Post. “It’s not only not what they want to do, ...

INSTEAD OF PROTECTING THE EARTH, EPA AGENTS NOW FORCED TO SERVE AS PRUITT BODYGUARDS

by | September 22, 2017
From: Common Dreams “”[F]ewer agents generate fewer cases leading to ever-fewer convictions down the road,” Ruch concluded. “ Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

COMPLAINT CLAIMS WASHINGTON LAWMAKER PRESSURED WSU TO PUNISH WOLF RESEARCHER

by | September 20, 2017
From: Northwest Public Radio “PEER has filed an ethics complaint, citing numerous incidents over the past six years where Kretz contacted WSU administrators and researchers and issued threats in order to dictate the direction of the schools carnivore research, specifically that of Dr. ...