New England

PEER's New England Office opened in November of 2001, although PEER has been active throughout New England since 1994. New England PEER's Director, Kyla Bennett, previously worked at EPA Region 1 for 10 years as a wetland permit reviewer and as the Region's Wetlands Enforcement Coordinator. Kyla first became involved with PEER in the mid 1990s, when she became a whistleblower herself.

"I was dismayed to see politics trumping science and law in EPA's permit and enforcement decision-making," says Kyla. "When EPA's former Regional Administrator ordered me to change a scientific determination to make politicians and the White House happy, I refused. EPA responded by taking me off the case in question, and by attempting to change my job duties. PEER not only helped me get my job back, but shed enough light on the case so that ultimately, the right decision was made."

Kyla has a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Connecticut and a law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. Her familiarity with science, the law, and the inner workings of state and federal governmental agencies enable her to assist public environmental employees throughout New England.

Kyla Bennett
P.O. Box 574
North Easton, MA 02356
Phone: 508-230-9933 Fax: 508-230-2110
Email: nepeer[at]peer.org