Covid-19

As we deal with this global pandemic, PEER is adapting and responding, and continuing our work of protecting public employees who protect our environment, natural resources and public health. 

First, we’re prioritizing the health of our staff by practicing social distancing and working from home.  With today’s modern technologies, we won’t miss a beat, though. 

Our work watch-dogging the Trump administration will continue as we expose corruption, malfeasance and anti-science agendas in government. Working with employee contacts, we will also attempt to expose and help remedy harmful breakdowns of pollution controls, natural resource protections and public health protections. 

Finally, we will be working to make sure that public employees are afforded appropriate protections at work, including such measures as liberal teleworking and other steps needed to reduce the risk of infection at work.  

Social Distancing to Curb COVID-19 and National Park Overcrowding

Among President Biden’s first day blitz of 17 Executive Orders was one entitled “Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing.” That order requires “compliance with CDC guidelines with respect to wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, and other public health measures by: on-duty or on-site Federal employees; on-site Federal contractors; and all persons in Federal buildings or on Federal lands.

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COVID-19 NEWS FROM PEER

BLOG | Dr. Bright’s COVID-19 Cronyism Case Is Tough to Crack

The case of Dr. Rick Bright concerning corruption in federal vaccine development should be Exhibit A for serious ...

Sewage Spills Pose COVID-19 Risks  

Overflows into Drinking Water Sources May Create New Infection Vectors  

Reopened National Parks Must Curb Overcrowding   

Long-Neglected Law Requiring “Carrying Capacities” Should be Dusted Off

EPA COVID-19 Guidance Sows Employee Confusion   

Superfund Inspectors Unsure about PPE and Other Key Health Issues

PEERMail | Losing Our Voices

The Federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic is largely lead by non-scientists in the Offices of Public Affairs ...

PEER During the Pandemic (Updated Apr 10, 2020)

During the pandemic, PEER continues to support government whistleblowers, protect public employees, and represent ...

Losing Our Voice: The Attack on Public Health Science

Politicians are leading our nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Public health experts and scienists, ...

Agencies’ Leadership Vacancies Tied to Poor Pandemic Response

Groups Urge Senators to Rein in Trump Constitutional Abuses

Can National Parks Practice Social Distancing?

The still-unfolding pandemic has underlined the public health risks that national parks and refuges pose both to ...

EPA Not on Emergency Footing 

Extraneous Activities Undercut “Primary Mission Essential Function”

National Parks Epitomize Trump COVID Inconsistency

As more than 100 national park units have closed, hundreds more remain open in an uneven handling of COVID-19 by ...

BLOG: Trump’s War on Watchdogs

Trump conitnues war on watchdogs in latest firing of Michael Atkinson, the Inspector General for the intelligence ...

BLOG: COVID-19 Power Grab

Buried deep in the $2 trillion coronavirus bill, was a change in the tax code that “could result in $170 billion in

NRC Stages Swift Sweeping Rollback During Pandemic

Vast Amounts of Rad Waste Slated for Disposal by Unlicensed Operators 

PEERMail | Anti-Science Agenda Getting a Green Light

Failure to address the pandemic lies with Trump and politicians like Mitch McConnell who have a long history ...

BLOG: How Mitch McConnell Gutted the Pandemic Response

While he has been the Senate Republican Leader, Mitch McConnell has led efforts to cut $1.6 trillion in critical ...

PEER Letter to Suspend Action During Coronavirus Crisis

A coalition of more than 90 conservation groups issued a letter to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt urging the ...

BLOG: Self-Dealing, COVID-19 and the Public Trust

U.S. Senators sold millions of dollars in stock after receiving non-public information during Congressional ...

Coronavirus Leaves National Parks in Leaderless Limbo   

Park Entrance Fees Waived as Visitor Centers Shuttered and Staff Telework  

ALERT: Pandemic Perspective

As the novel coronavirus spreads across the country, many people have asked how we plan to continue to our work. ...