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.
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.
Colorado has been undermining its own air pollution experts for years in favor of easing requirements for industry.
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.
Human health risks from toxic chemicals and known carcinogens found in synthetic sports fields and playgrounds made from shredded tires remain largely unstudied.
Contaminated soil, air borne 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.
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New York State Must Act to Close Toxic Landfill
The bungled response to the COVID-19 pandemic exposes the rapid decline in the U.S. government’s ability to anticipate and respond to emerging and existing public health threats.
Washing Your Hands Can’t Stop PFAS in Water
Sets Limits too High, Omits Thousands of PFAS and Fails to Address Sources
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.
No Recycling Facilities, So Tons of Plastic Carpet Dumped
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.
America’s industrial infrastructure suffers from aging pipes prone to corrosive leaks leading to ignition that have led to near-catastrophic accidents..
CSB Proposal Would Not Produce Useful, Accurate, or Timely Information
With over 40 percent of insect life threatened with extinction, the EPA continues to issue emergency exemptions to toxic pollinator-killing insecticides.
Dangerous Levels of PFAS in Drinking Water Without Enforceable Limits
Students and Teachers Still in Rooms Contaminated Well Above Legal Limits
We aren’t usually in the movie promotion business, but we did want to tell you about the movie Dark Waters and how it relates to our work at PEER. Dark Waters is a recently released movie based on a true story about a lawyer and a community who fought DuPont chemical...
Biosolids Carry High PFAS Content; Often Produced at Taxpayer Expense
Big Discharge Slated for Merrimack River – Water Source for Half-Million
Despite Near Misses, Agency Claims Ignorance on Hydrogen Fluoride Risks
Non-Denials and Trade Secret Claims Prompt More Testing of Carpet
Processing aids that contaminate synthetic turf with PFAS may be in other plastic goods
Last week, EPA's Inspector General slammed the agency for repeatedly looking the other way when public water systems don't inform their customers of violations that could jeopardize their health. The IG found that EPA does a poor job of oversight and of warning the...
To Stem Exponential Spread All PFAS Chains Must Be Classified Hazardous