News Clips

Following are recent press clips from national publications that relate to PEER issues, campaigns and news releases.


Trump to Nominate Bernhardt as Interior Secretary

From: Politico

“Nine of Interior’s 17 political positions are empty, according to a list compiled by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, an environmental group made up…

Is Tampa Sewage Polluting the Bay? No, Says City. Yes, Says Environmental Group

From: Tampa Bay Times

“An environmental group is asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to step in to correct what it says is the state’s failure to fix repeated violations…

Suit on Obligations for Documenting Decisions Dismissed

From: FedWeek

“A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that could have better defined the responsibilities of agency officials to create and keep records related to their decisions,…

‘It’s Way Too Many’: As Vacancies Pile Up In Trump Administration, Senators Grow Concerned

From: The Washington Post

“From the Justice Department to Veterans Affairs, vast swaths of the government have top positions filled by officials serving in an acting capacity — or no…

Agency Hit by Brain Drain, Mass Retirement

From: Energywire

“Bernhardt may need more than a smile and a joyous tweet to address looming challenges for the 70,000 employees who work for him. The agency is facing concerns about…

Trump EPA's Pollution, Waste Reduction Numbers are Lowest in a Decade

From: The Hill

“A January study by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility found that the number of criminal enforcement cases EPA referred to the Department of Justice collapsed…

With Vacancies Galore, 'Acting' Leaders Gain More Time

From: Greenwire

“A new recharge for the Interior Department's many temporary leaders will keep agencies running even as it underscores the Trump administration's tardiness in filling…

Earth Watch, Brexit, Kamala Harris, Venezuela

From: Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod

“Environmental damage caused by the government shutdown. Experts are saying in some instances, it will take the environment 300 years to…

Post-Shutdown, An Ocean of Outrage Greets Interior’s Proposed FOIA Changes

From: Think Progress

“More than 130 groups and organizations have submitted public comments opposing the Interior Department’s efforts to crack down on public information requests —…

Proposed FOIA Rule Provokes Response

From: Coastal Review

“Information provided on the Federal Register states that the Department published a final rule in 2012 that updated and replaced the Department’s previous Freedom…