From the southern Appalachian mountains to the beautiful sandy beaches of Florida, to the rich, diverse ecosystems of the Gulf Coast, the Southeast and Gulf Coast of the United States supports a wide range of industries, agriculture, fisheries, tourism, and recreation. But the fragile environment in these areas is weakening and under attack, an attack often advanced by government agencies and powerful interest groups. Our challenge is to right the ship to ensure that the area’s precious ecosystems are preserved for generations to come.
One area of focus for PEER is in Florida, where we are actively engaged in helping state and local employees do their jobs. These employees often find that they are marginalized, even blackballed, if they try to abide by the very laws that they are sworn to uphold. PEER’s work is focused on protecting these employees and shining a light on the government’s failure to do its job.
Unfortunately, an eroding of environmental and public health protections is common not only in Florida, but throughout the entire region, and at all levels of government. If these trends are not changed, the destruction of the region’s fragile environment and its natural resources- will continue, ultimately causing a continued die-off of wildlife, more polluted waters, poorer health outcomes, and a weaker economy.
Jerry Phillips, JD, Director
P.O. Box 14463
Tallahassee, FL 32317
phone: (850) 877-8097
Barry Sulkin, Technical Consultant
4443 Pecan Valley Road
Nashville, TN 37218
phone: (615) 255-2079
NEWS FROM FLORIDA
Troubled Florida Water Utility Faces Gauntlet of Public Health Challenges
More than 400 Sewage Overflows in Last Five Years; Almost No Enforcement
More Than 300 Die in Six Weeks; Vast Majority Not Necropsied
Infographic: For the sixth year in a row, mortality of the highly endangered Florida panther has substantially exceeded births.
To Stop Leaching of Toxic Chemicals into Consumer Products
Delray Plagued by Persistent Contamination with Partially Treated Sewage
Park Service Shirking Wilderness, Wildlife, and Conservation Responsibilities
Rebekah Jones exposed wrongdoing and abuse of power in Florida during the COVID pandemic to save lives and make government more accountable.
Toxic “Forever Chemicals” May be Accumulating in Drinking Water Aquifer
Florida Needs to Develop Monitoring Program and Safety Standards
Governor DeSantis’ Pollution Control Record Even Weaker Than Scott’s
Spills Risk COVID Exposure Yet No Abatement or Enforcement
Net Loss of More than 100 Cats in Last Five Years as Births Plunge
Annual Death Toll Reaches Third Highest; Tops Five-Year Average
Slight 2018 Election-Year Enforcement Uptick Yields Scant Results
Facing Lawsuit, FAA and Park Service Vow Action after Years of Impasse
Official Claims of Near Universal Pollution Compliance Flatly Untrue
“This is why several communities in southwest Florida — including Venice, Sarasota and North Port — passed resolutions asking DeSantis to adopt measures specifically like the one Good and Livingston drafted. They are sick of everyone else’s crap (sometimes literally)...
Environmental scientist Barry Sulkin begins to study the impact of recreational ATV activity on the rivers and creeks that feed into the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River, a protected national treasure
Federal Intervention Needed If State Continues to Ignore Major Pollution Violations