PEER Blog

ALERT: Pandemic Perspective

by Tim Whitehouse | March 19, 2020
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 ...

BLOG: Proposed Changes Will Fillet NEPA – PEER Public Comments

by Kevin Bell | March 11, 2020
PEER submitted comments opposing the Commission on Environmental Quality's proposal to undermine the nation’s foundational environmental law, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA ...

BLOG: Pesticides: Persistent Threat to Birds, Bees and Humans

by Peter Jenkins | February 25, 2020
With roughly 40 percent of insect life threatened with extinction over the coming decades, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to gamble by keeping powerful insecticides that Europe has banned, registered in the United States ...

BLOG: Weak Industrial Accident Emissions Rule Final But Not Effective

by Paula Dinerstein | February 19, 2020
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 ...

BLOG: Attack on Climate Science – 2020 Update

by Tim Whitehouse | January 31, 2020
The Trump administration’s pro-industry, anti-science agenda has undermined the work of every federal agency that conducts climate science and has a broad chilling effect on agency personnel ...

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: EPA Continues to Approve Bee-Killing Insecticides

by Peter Jenkins | January 8, 2020
With over 40 percent of insect life threatened with extinction, the EPA continues to issue emergency exemptions to toxic pollinator-killing insecticides ...

BLOG: EPA Science Advisors Slam EPA’s Proposed Water Rule

by Tim Whitehouse | January 6, 2020
A working group of the EPA's Scientific Advisory Board blasts the Administration's efforts to drastically scale back U.S. clean water protections ...

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 ...

BLOG: WOTUS Redefinition: New York

by Kyla Bennett | November 18, 2019
Impact of proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) redefinition on wetlands and waters in New York: a case study ...

WOTUS Redefinition: South Dakota

by Kyla Bennett | August 26, 2019
Impact of Proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Redefinition on Wetlands and Waters in South Dakota ...

WOTUS Redefinition: New Mexico

by Kyla Bennett | August 1, 2019
Impact of Proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Redefinition on Wetlands and Waters in New Mexico ...

The Trump Administration’s War on Climate Science

by Tim Whitehouse | April 29, 2019
The Trump administration’s pro-industry, anti-science agenda has undermined the work of every federal agency that conducts climate science and has a broad chilling effect on agency personnel ...

Trump Administration’s Budget Would Impair Safe Drinking Water

by Susan Sargent | April 26, 2019
The proposed FY 2020 budget cuts $8.124 million (8%) from the drinking water program ...

BLOG: Bernhardt’s Bad Actors

by Peter Jenkins | March 31, 2019
Eight political appointees are leading most of the Department of the Interior bureaus without the required “advice and consent” of the Senate. President Trump’s tactic violates fundamental “checks and balances”. Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt is complicit in ...