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CONSERVATIONISTS SEEK BAN OF CYANIDE BOMBS IN WILDLIFE CONTROL

by | August 14, 2017
From: Ruidoso News “WildEarth Guardians and the Center for Biological Diversity authored the petition and are joined in their call for a nationwide ban on M-44 cyanide bombs by Advocates for the West, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Born Free USA, the Endangered Species Coalition, the ...

EMAILS: FACING THREATS TO MED SCHOOL, WSU DISAVOWS WOLF RESEARCHER

by | August 14, 2017
From: The Daily Evergreen “He said in June he was planning to sue the university for defamation and damages, including six years of salary and benefits. But Adam Carlesco, Wielgus’ attorney, said they are now negotiating with WSU and will soon send them a demand letter.” Read ...

TRUMP IS MAKING IT WAY CHEAPER TO BREAK ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS

by | August 14, 2017
From: Vice News ““It sends the message that it’s OK to violate the law and it’s the cost of doing business. And that’s a problem because it shouldn’t be a cost of doing business,” said Kyla Bennett, who worked on wetlands enforcement at the EPA’s New England region for ...

SCOTT PRUITT IS CARRYING OUT HIS E.P.A. AGENDA IN SECRET, CRITICS SAY

by New York Times | August 14, 2017
““This is a huge change, and they made it over a few days, with almost no record, no documentation,” Mr. Ruch said, adding, “It wasn’t so much cooking the books, it was throwing out the books.”” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

A WAR OVER WOLVES

by | August 10, 2017
From: Seattle Times “Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a national nonprofit specializing in government scientist whistleblower protection, in April filed a 12-page complaint against WSU officials, alleging the university punished and silenced Wielgus to placate ...

WILL THE FEDERAL CIVIL SERVICE DEFEND US?

by | August 10, 2017
From: Huff Post “These citizen groups – Public Citizen (see citizen.org), Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (see peer.org), The Government Accountability Project (GAP, see whistleblower.org), and numerous other organizations, including civil service retirees, are ...

HOW WILL TRUMP ADMINISTRATION RESPOND TO SCIENTISTS’ CLIMATE REPORT?

by | August 10, 2017
From: CBC News “’Behind the scenes, there will be a witch hunt,’ says former EPA whistleblower Kyla Bennett, New England director of PEER.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

FEDERAL EMPLOYEES STEP UP DEFIANCE OF TRUMP

by | August 7, 2017
From: The Hill ““From our point of view, it’s kind of obvious,” said Jeff Ruch, the executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), when asked about staffers’ growing pushback.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

TRUMP HANDS US POLICY WRITING TO SHADOW GROUPS OF BUSINESS EXECS

by | August 7, 2017
From: McClatchy DC “The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which describes its mission as protecting employees who protect the environment, expects to file suit as soon as this month over the group Trump set up to examine the Environmental Protection Agency’s program ...

FEDS IGNORING FOIA BID FOR LAND ENFORCEMENT DEALS: ENVIROS

by | August 4, 2017
From: Law 360 “In a complaint seeking a court order to see the documents, the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility said the Forest Service is shirking FOIA by withholding information” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

AFTER ZERO-TOLERANCE VOW, A PARK CHIEF CITED FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT GETS A BONUS AND A NEW JOB

by | August 4, 2017
From: Washington Post “Jeff Ruch, PEER’s executive director, blasted the agency’s handling of the case, saying it “perpetuates a culture of impunity.” He said by issuing the talking points, the Park Service “re-victimized the victims and implied that they were not as valuable ...

FEARS RISE FOR US CLIMATE REPORT AS TRUMP OFFICIALS TAKE REINS

by | August 4, 2017
From: Nature “Pruitt will have to be careful how he handles both documents, says Kyla Bennett, a former EPA ecologist who now works for the watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility in North Easton, Massachusetts. The EPA could ignore the climate report’s ...

5 IMPORTANT STORIES THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE WHITE HOUSE

by | August 3, 2017
From: PBS News Hour “The news comes on the heels of another report of sexual abuse at the De Soto National Memorial in Bradenton, Florida. A manager at the park is accused of inappropriately touching a female employee and abusing his power. The report, released thanks to a FOIA request ...

EPA SCIENCE INTEGRITY PANEL SAYS PRUITT’S CLIMATE DENIAL IS PERMISSABLE

by | August 3, 2017
From: Inside Climate News “An internal review by the Environmental Protection Agency has found that its administrator did not violate its scientific integrity policy when he contradicted a fundamental tenet of climate science by denying that carbon dioxide pollution is the principal ...

THE BOOMING WIND ENERGY INDUSTRY MIGHT FINALLY BREAK ITS MASSACHUSETTS HEX

by | August 3, 2017
From: Huff Post ““The question in our mind is whether or not these things are being done in a way that exercises responsible resource protection,” said Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which successfully sued Cape Wind for violating ...

WHAT PUSHED A SENIOR EPA OFFICIAL TO RESIGN IN PROTEST?

by | August 3, 2017
From: Mint Press News “Pruitt’s agenda means children and grandchildren will have to live with the greater threat of environmental disasters, such as “Hurricane Katrina, where small savings in flood protection levees resulted in one of the most catastrophic flooding and ...

EPA OFFICE OF WATER DIRECTOR RESIGNS TO PROTEST TRUMP’S CHOKE-HOLD OVER THE AGENCY

by | August 3, 2017
From: ZME Science “While she admits that family concerns also played a hand in the decision, her blistering exit letter makes no qualms in criticizing the Trump administration’s fondness for outright lies.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...

TOP EPA SCIENTIST QUITS BECAUSE TRUMP IS “SERIOUSLY WEAKENING AGENCY’S MISSION”

by | August 3, 2017
From: IFL Science “Dr Elizabeth Southerland had been working at the EPA for three decades, saying her work and the organization “has been the guiding light to make the ‘right thing’ happen for the greater good, including public health and safety.” Now, with the anti-science ...

A SENIOR EPA OFFICIAL IS LEAVING BECAUSE OF WHAT DONALD TRUMP, SCOTT PRUITT ARE DOING TO IT

by | August 3, 2017
From: Salon “Elizabeth “Betsy” Southerland is leaving the EPA after working there for more than 30 years, according to a report by Axios. In the memo explaining the reasons for her departure, she singled out the agency’s new (and Trump appointed) administrator Scott Pruitt.” ...

TOP OFFICIAL RESIGNS FROM TRUMP EPA WITH SCATHING LETTER

by | August 3, 2017
From: Huff Post “Faced with such painful choices, the best possible outcome for the American people would be regulatory paralysis where no new rules are released so that existing protections remain in place.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story ...