Jeff Ruch

Jeff Ruch was the Executive Director of PEER from 1997-2019 and now serves as Director of Pacific PEER, headquartered in California. Prior to that Jeff was the Policy Director and a staff attorney at the Government Accountability Project representing whistleblowers from both the public and private sector. Before coming to DC, Jeff worked in California state government for 17 years, mostly in the State Legislature as counsel to various committees where he drafted literally hundreds of laws on topics ranging from energy conservation to the rights of employed inventors. Jeff served stints as a deputy district attorney, an appellate court clerk and is a graduate of the California Correctional Officers Academy.

Guest Opinion: Environmental group cautions against fertilizer waste in roads

by Elizabeth Duan | January 10, 2021
“One of the final gifts of the Trump administration to industrial polluters was to give the green light for fertilizer manufacturers to sell their toxic waste for government road construction. This decision overturned a 31-year U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ban of such use of ...

Park Service needs a new conservationist leader

by Jeff Ruch | November 16, 2020
“Today, four years into its second century, the National Park Service is stumbling forward into a new era, without a plan, a leader or, most importantly, a vision for how to both protect and enhance what is often called America’s best idea. The agency has just received one of the ...

Is Pendley unlawfully leading BLM?

by Elizabeth Duan | November 1, 2020
“William Perry Pendley was acting Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director for 14 months before a federal judge removed him in late September. The judge found that Pendley’s name was never submitted to the U.S. Senate for confirmation, and further that Pendley’s authority “did ...

Op-Ed | Should We Stop Spraying for Mosquitoes During the Pandemic?

by Kyla Bennett | October 7, 2020
Should we be using pesticides when spraying for mosquitoes that may compromise someone’s respiratory system during a pandemic ...

Op-Ed: Science protections must be enforceable

by Jeff Ruch | September 6, 2020
“Recognizing that things have gotten so out of hand, Congress must enact new, strong enforcement mechanisms to free us from the grip of “alternative facts.” Failure to do so will mean we did not learn the hard lesson of the Trump experience and we have left the door open for it ...