Kyla Bennett

New England PEER’s Director and PEER’s Director of Science Policy, Kyla previously worked at EPA Region 1 for 10 years as a wetland permit reviewer and as the Region’s Wetlands Enforcement Coordinator. Kyla first became involved with PEER in the mid-1990s, when she became a whistleblower herself. Kyla has a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Connecticut and a law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. Her familiarity with science, the law, and the inner workings of state and federal governmental agencies enable her to assist public environmental employees throughout New England.

Conservation Area No Longer Safe for Right Whales

by Kyla Bennett | June 5, 2020
Trump is stripping protections of our public lands off the New England coast, a critical conservation area for endangered North Atlantic right whale ...

BLOG | Opposing the EPA Plan to Restrict Science

by Kyla Bennett | May 21, 2020
The new EPA plan to restrict science is subject to the interests of political appointees and is not based on exisitng scientific integrity standards ...

EPA is abandoning those suffering from toxic PFAS pollution

by Kyla Bennett | April 23, 2020
“This marks the latest in a decades-long string of failures by EPA to protect Americans from these dangerous chemicals. Even as the scientific case for regulation grows clearer and more urgent every year, the EPA under President Trump delays and obfuscates. While the number of sites ...

Groups Petition EPA to Regulate PFAS Waste

by Kyla Bennett | January 16, 2020
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 ...

BLOG: Dark Waters and the Threat of PFAS Chemicals

by Kyla Bennett | December 4, 2019
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 ...