Protecting Public Health
Environmental and health specialists are heartsick over the malfeasance of their agencies in failing to protect the health of children, workers and the public at large. We expose information about the effects of environmental toxins on public health, challenge industry capture of our regulatory agencies, and fight for an effective safety net to protect us from dangerous toxins.
In response to the novel coronavirus, PEER is stepping up its efforts to ensure that public health experts have the capacity and the legal backing to speak truth to power and that government agencies continue their essential functions.
Human health risks from toxic chemicals and known carcinogens found in synthetic sports fields and playgrounds made from shredded tires remain largely unstudied
The EPA is failing to protect the public from the health risks of this new class of chemicals.
EPA and state governments often fail to clean up some of the most dangerous toxic sites.
The US Chemical Safety Board is failing in its duty to monitor, investigate and report on chemical safety accidents in the U.S.
Contaminated soil, air born pollutants and toxic building materials should have no place in our schools.
Toxic coal ash is in a growing stream of consumer, agricultural and commercial products without oversight
NEWS FROM PEER
Growing Backlog of Workplace Complaints; Vacancies Remain Unfilled
Wrong Approach to Reopening Three months into the COVID-19 pandemic, federal agencies are under tremendous pressure from the White House to bring those who have been working at home back to their offices. That is the wrong approach to reopening. COVID-19 isn’t going...
National Forests receive less attention than parks during COVID-19, but overcrowding, lack of resources, and risk to gateway communities are the same.
No Regional Office Meets “Gating Criteria” or Ensures CDC Safeguards
Data Shows Infections Still Exceed CDC “Gating Criteria” for Phase One
As we pass a grim mortality milestone for the COVID-19 pandemic, this immense death toll highlights the distressing extent of our national incapacity.
Spills Risk COVID Exposure Yet No Abatement or Enforcement
Despite the connection between exposure to air pollution and adverse outcomes from COVID-19, EPA continues to accelerate its efforts to gut important air quality protections, unleashing what a new staff report by U.S. Senator Carper calls a “pandemic of pollution.”...
PFAS are a man-made chemical that are used in the manufacture of consumer goods including cookware, flame-retardants, waterproofing, furniture and take out containers.
Overflows into Drinking Water Sources May Create New Infection Vectors
Superfund Inspectors Unsure about PPE and Other Key Health Issues
The Federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic is largely lead by non-scientists in the Offices of Public Affairs with public health officials used as props
During the pandemic, PEER continues to support government whistleblowers, protect public employees, and represent epidemiologists at both the CDC and EPA.
Politicians are leading our nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Public health experts and scienists, sidelined and ignored, have lost their voices.
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?
Extraneous Activities Undercut “Primary Mission Essential Function”
As more than 100 national park units have closed, hundreds more remain open in an uneven handling of COVID-19 by the Trump administration.
Buried deep in the $2 trillion coronavirus bill, was a change in the tax code that “could result in $170 billion in tax breaks for real estate investors.”
Vast Amounts of Rad Waste Slated for Disposal by Unlicensed Operators
Failure to address the pandemic lies with Trump and politicians like Mitch McConnell who have a long history gutting funding of our public health agencies and ignoring the advice of scientists and health advocates.