Jeff Ruch, Pacific Director
248 3rd Street, #331
Oakland, CA 94607
Tel: (510) 213-7028; Fax: (510) 763-8013
Our Pacific Regional Office serves the five states of California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii. Located near the Port of Oakland, the office expands on the work of our California PEER office which has operated since 1998.
Former long-time PEER Executive Director, Jeff Ruch, operates the Pacific Regional Office. Jeff is a second-generation California native who worked for a number of years in California state government, mostly in the State Legislature as counsel to various committees where he drafted literally hundreds of laws on topics ranging from energy conservation to the rights of employed inventors. Jeff also served stints as a deputy district attorney and as an appellate court clerk.
This Field Office is projected to work with federal, state, and local government employees across a broad backdrop of issues, ranging from federal lands to marine conservation to anti-pollution enforcement.
NEWS FROM THE PACIFIC REGION
The still-unfolding pandemic has underlined the public health risks that national parks and refuges pose both to the visiting public and their own employees. How can national parks dedicated to attracting crowds operate in a new era of social distancing?
As more than 100 national park units have closed, hundreds more remain open in an uneven handling of COVID-19 by the Trump administration.
Trump conitnues war on watchdogs in latest firing of Michael Atkinson, the Inspector General for the intelligence community.
Vast Amounts of Rad Waste Slated for Disposal by Unlicensed Operators
USGS Plagued by Mishaps Endangering Scientists, Experiments, and Animals
Administrator Wheeler plays up a false facade of environmental commitments in op-ed entitled “One Trillion Trees Initiative will build on President Donald Trump’s commitment.”
Audit Finds Residential Centers Operate without Charter or Oversight
Formerly Off-Limits Historic Buildings to Be Honeycombed with Wi-Fi
Big Recreational Development for Wonder Lake Would Pave Paradise
1% Viewing Success Record Low After State Eliminated No-Hunt Buffers
High Hazardous Rankings Overlooked on Assumption of Quick Easy Cleanup
Telecoms in Driver’s Seat as Cell Towers Sprout Across Park Landscapes
Haste to Roll Out Leasing Approvals Proves to be Their Undoing
Audit Finds Broad Noncompliance with Eco-Rules and Revenue Collection
Facing Lawsuit, FAA and Park Service Vow Action after Years of Impasse
Call for Investigation of Allegedly Illegal Diversion of Park Water for a Mine
Prosecutions Plummet as Authorized Law Enforcement Slots Remain Unfilled
Navy Won’t Reveal Radiation Standards for “Free Release” of Contaminated Tracts
Lawsuit Seeks Navy Next Steps to Remedy Tetra-Tech Radiation Falsifications
Lawsuit Seeks Data on PFAS Plumes Under Closed El Toro and Tustin Air Stations