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AT EPA, GUARDING THE CHIEF PULLS AGENTS FROM PURSUING ENVIRONMENTAL CRIMES

by | September 20, 2017
From: Washington Post “Even before Pruitt’s security team expanded, the number of special agents inside the Criminal Investigation Division was declining. According to documents obtained by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility under the Freedom of Information Act, their ...

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION NOMINEE WANTS TO OPEN PRISTINE ALASKAN REFUGE TO DRILLING

by | September 20, 2017
From: Think Progress “During his time as an aide at the agency during the George W. Bush administration, current Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt “substantially rewrote official biological assessments to falsely downplay impacts of drilling” in the refuge, according to Public ...

USGS: THOUSANDS OF WEBPAGES ARE GONE. AGENCY BLAMES SEARCH TOOL

by | September 19, 2017
From: Climatewire “”California is signaling its attempt to limit the effect of the Trump presidency,” said Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which helped draft the legislation. “They would literally be the resistance.&# ...

NATIONAL MONUMENTS: ANGRY GREENS PROMISE LAWSUITS IF TRUMP ACTS ON ZINKE MEMO

by | September 19, 2017
From: Climatewire “In his 19-page memorandum, a copy of which was provided to E&E News by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, Zinke also slammed nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that have previously supported new monument designations.” Read more . . . Read ...

NATIONAL MONUMENTS: ZINKE RECOMMENDS SHRINKING AS MANY AS 6 SITES

by | September 19, 2017
From: Greenwire “Although the order requested a final report by late August, Interior officials declined to release Zinke’s recommendations last month, asserting that the memorandum was a draft. A copy of the memorandum provided to E&E News by Public Employees for ...

NOMINATIONS: PRUITT’S NEW LEGAL ALLY IN CLIMATE RULE APPEAL

by | September 18, 2017
From: Climatewire “Jerry Phillips, a former enforcement attorney at Florida DEP and director of Florida Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), has been tracking Scott’s environmental enforcement record in the state… “From the minute Scott took over, ...

STATE OF ALASKA RENEWS EFFORT TO SEARCH FOR OIL IN THE ARCTIC REFUGE

by | September 15, 2017
From: The Wilderness Society “Joining the Trump administration’s assault on federal lands across America, the state of Alaska is preparing to renew efforts to explore for oil on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

PLANS TO REDUCE NUMBER OF GRAND CANYON BISON ADVANCE ON TWO FRONTS

by | September 15, 2017
From: Cronkite News “Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, said then that the plan would turn the Grand Canyon “into a game farm managed for the benefit of Arizona Game and Fish … slaughter should not become a routine park wildlife ...

EPA: DEMS WORRY ENFORCEMENT PICK HAS ALREADY STARTED WORK

by | September 14, 2017
From: Greenwire “Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility late last month voiced similar concerns after EPA officials indicated that Bodine would start at the agency on Sept. 5, before she is officially confirmed.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

CO AND CARS: UNFINISHED BUSINESS

by | September 14, 2017
From: Safety Research & Strategies “The most recent petition was filed in March 2016 by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. Like its predecessors, PEER requested that the agency issue annual consumer advisories and recommend the use of onboard digital CO monitors; to ...

CAHNRS CONFLICTS UNDERMINING ACADEMIC FREEDOM, FACULTY SAY

by | September 14, 2017
From: The Daily Evergreen “Many cases throughout the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resources Sciences echo the concerns of professor Robert Wielgus, who filed ethics complaints against WSU after administrators disavowed his wolf research. Other conflicts stem from disputes ...

WATCHDOG GROUP BLASTS US BUREAU OF RECLAMATION

by | September 13, 2017
From: Central Valley Business Times “Three recent federal investigations have found the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation misspending more than $100 million in funds but the agency has not committed to significant reforms nor to punishing any responsible officials, charges the environmental ...

AS HURRICANES STRIKE, EPA STAFFING NEARS A 30 YEAR LOW

by | September 13, 2017
From: Bill Moyers & Company “Mr. Pruitt hasn’t laid out any plan for how to reshape the agency or its priorities, making it more difficult to improve its performance with fewer resources, said Jeff Ruch, executive director at Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, ...

FEDERAL AUDIT REVEALS $84 MILLION MISUSED FOR DELTA TUNNELS PLANNING

by | September 12, 2017
From: Elk Grove News “PEER claimed that of the $60 million in Coordination Act grants spent, “not a dime went to habitat improvements.“ Instead, the group said the money was actually being expended on work that will harm critical habitat for at least five endangered and threatened ...

AGENCY: TURBINES COULD SPIN DURING BIRD MIGRATIONS

by | September 11, 2017
From: Cape Cod Times “Feathering is what bird conservationists had asked for 10 years ago, said Kyla Bennett of the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, one of the plaintiffs in the court case challenging the project. “Cape Wind had said no, that would make our project ...

WHY DID THE FED INTERIOR DEPARTMENT MISUSE $84 MILLION FOR CALIFORNIA DELTA TUNNELS PLANNING?

by | September 11, 2017
From: Red Green And Blue “The release of the final audit follows over a year of federal investigation requested by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), who filed a complaint last February that accused the California Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Bureau ...

CLASHES WITH WOLVES: WISCONSIN WILDLIFE IS HOUNDED WITH UNBEARABLE CRUELTY

by | September 11, 2017
From: Wisconsin Gazette “Last month, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility filed a complaint with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the issue. “Wisconsin encourages hunting practices that seem calculated to cause fatal conflicts with wolves,” PEER staff counsel ...

HUNDREDS OF EPA WORKERS LEAVE THE AGENCY

by | September 11, 2017
From: The Scientist “Pruitt has yet to put forth any details on how the EPA’s functions may change given its diminished staff, Jeff Ruch, executive director of the nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, tells The Wall Street Journal.” Read more . . . Read ...

HUNDREDS OF EPA WORKERS LEAVE IN RECENT DAYS

by | September 11, 2017
From: The Wall Street Journal “Mr. Pruitt hasn’t laid out any plan for how to reshape the agency or its priorities, making it more difficult to improve its performance with fewer resources, said Jeff Ruch, executive director at Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which ...

GOVERNMENT ILL-EQUIPPED TO MONITOR INDUSTRIAL PLANTS DAMAGED BY HURRICANE HARVEY

by | September 11, 2017
From: Houston Chronicle “Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a group representing government environmental workers, published data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act showing that criminal pollution cases initiated by the EPA fell two-thirds since 2012, while ...