Press Clips

Following are recent press clips from national publications that relate to PEER issues, campaigns and news releases.


TAKING ‘PROTECTION’ OUT OF ENVIRONMENTAL AGENCY

From: Miami Herald

"Some of the state’s strongest protectors of our natural resources were recently expelled from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Fifty-eight…

FLORIDA ENVIRONMENTAL AGENCY LAYS OFF LONGTIME EMPLOYEES AND HIRES FROM REGULATED INDUSTRIES

From: Tampa Bay Times

""The majority of positions they were eliminating are compliance and enforcement positions," said PEER's Jerry Phillips, a former DEP attorney. "They want to essentially…

SOME RESPONDERS SAY GLOUCESTER COUNTY WAS UNPREPARED FOR PAULSBORO CHEMICAL EMERGENCY

From: Philly.com

"But according to readings provided by officials leading the cleanup, the chemical level at 11:59 p.m. that day in non-evacuated areas was 9.4 parts per million, nearly…

GOVERNMENT WATCHDOG GROUP SEEKS EPA IG SCRUTINY OF RAIL SPILLS

From: Inside EPA

"In a Dec. 17 letter to the IGs, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) says the toxic release inappropriately triggered a response under the the…

U.S. EPA COMMITS TO MORE DREDGING AT POMPTON LAKE

From: NJ Spotlight

"On his website, Bill Wolfe of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) noted that the EPA is still allowing DuPont to make some determinations critical…

RUSH TO REBUILD COULD BE COSTLY

From: Asbury Park Press

"Base flood elevation maps show how high properties should be built to avoid flood damage. The maps released by FEMA Saturday, however, were drawn prior to Sandy…

NEW WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION LAW “AN ENVIRONMENTALLY SIGNIFICANT REFORM,” SAY ACTIVISTS

From: Earth Island

"Houser, represented by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), filed a complaint under the Whistleblower Protection Act. His case was resolved…

ENVIRONMENTAL WATCHDOG BARKS AT CLUB’S WASTE PLAN

From: ecoRI News

"Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, discovered and reported the violation after sending a diver to inspect…

JERSEY SHORE DEVELOPMENT FAILURES EXPOSED BY HURRICANE SANDY

From: Huffington Post

"[Christie has] done the exact opposite of what's needed to be done," said Bill Wolfe, a former Department of Environmental Protection planner and policy analyst…

SWEENEY: PAULSBORO TRAIN DERAILMENT SITE COMMUNICATION GETS 'F' FOR FRUSTRATION

From: NJ.com

"That’s just one of the errors pointed out by Bill Wolfe, a former DEP staffer who now heads the New Jersey chapter of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

“I…