Public Health

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.

Covid-19 Pandemic

In response to Covid-10 global pandemic, 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.

Artificial Turf

Human health risks from toxic chemicals and known carcinogens found in synthetic sports fields and playgrounds made from shredded tires remain largely unstudied

PFAS

The EPA is failing to protect the public from the health risks of this new class of chemicals.

Toxic Cleanups

EPA and state governments often fail to clean up some of the most dangerous toxic sites.

Chemical Safety

The US Chemical Safety Board is failing in its duty to monitor, investigate and report on chemical safety accidents in the U.S.

Sick Schools

Contaminated soil, air born pollutants and toxic building materials should have no place in our schools.

Coal Combustion Waste

Toxic coal ash is in a growing stream of consumer, agricultural and commercial products without oversight

NEWS FROM PEER

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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 tax breaks for real estate investors.”

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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 funding for CDC and NIH research. And now, as our public health services are begging for resources to save lives from the pandemic, Americans are living the policy result of Sen. McConnell’s efforts.

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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 department to “suspend major policy changes, changes to regulations, oil and gas lease sales and public comment periods.”

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ALERT: Pandemic Perspective

As the novel coronavirus spreads across the country, many people have asked how we plan to continue to our work. The global impact of the coronavirus is bringing dramatic changes to how we live, many of which we have already begun to feel around the nation.

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BLOG: Weak Industrial Accident Emissions Rule Final But Not Effective

After more than 20 years of delay and a successful lawsuit by PEER and chemical safety advocacy groups, the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) dashed hopes that it would at long last issue a robust rule requiring the reporting of incidents involving the release of dangerous chemicals from oil refineries and other industrial facilities.

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Groups Petition EPA to Regulate PFAS Waste

Absence of any federal standards for tracking and managing wastes contaminated with toxic polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) poses a major and growing threat to our health, water, and soil.

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