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
From: Governing “The environment became a central issue in the heated election after algae blooms covered most of the 730-square-mile lake and coincided with a red tide in the Gulf of Mexico this past summer, littering beaches with dead sea turtles, dolphins, manatees...
From: Trade Only Today “Two days after taking office, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has released a proposal to clean up Florida’s waters. The action items include more aggressive policies to address green algae in Lake Okeechobee and toxic spills into coastal waterways....
From: Miami Herald “DeSantis also ordered environmental enforcement moved from the state’s wildlife agency to the DEP. Under Scott, enforcement plummeted to its lowest in three decades last year, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. Even...
More Than One-Seventh of Population Perished as Red Tide Mortality Tripled
DEP Has to Return to Pollution Control Basics to Reverse Spiraling Eco-Threats
Clewiston Phosphorus and Other Pollution Violations Go Unpunished and Unabated
Continued Illegal Discharges Amid Record Gulf Red Tide Outbreaks
Red Tide Drives Manatee Mortality So Far in 2018 to Third-Highest All Time
Hurricane Irma Led to Massive Animal Waste Discharges with No Monitoring
Nearly 100 Red Tide-related Deaths so Far; Second-highest Total This Decade
State Allows Massive Animal Waste Discharges to Surface and Ground Waters
Scott Pollution Forgiveness Paints False Picture of Compliance with No Follow-Up
Non-Enforcement Leaves Florida’s Longest River with Excess Bacteria and Nutrients
Lack of State Enforcement vs. City of Lynn Haven Triggers Intervention Petition
In Less Than 2 Months, 154 Florida Manatees Perish, One-Third from Cold Stress
Taxpayers Often Left Holding the Bag in Leaking Petroleum Storage Tank Program
Deaths Again Outstrip Litters with Heavy Toll on Females of Reproductive Age
Last Year’s Mortality Spike Already Topped Before December Cold Snaps
Petroleum Cleanup $ Misdirected Outside Spring-Sheds or to Low Priority Projects
Rural Residents at Greater Risk from Leaving the Most Hazardous Sites Unabated