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PEER in the News

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

SpaceX Starlink Mega Constellation Faces Fresh Legal Challenge

“Should the natural beauty of our night sky be protected under law, or should it be free and open for anyone to use as they see fit? That is a question many have grappled with for the past two years, since the arrival of so-called mega constellations. These vast groups of satellites number in the...
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Agency official pressed on scientific integrity review

“EPA this afternoon convened a virtual hearing on its scientific integrity policy, following a Biden memo directing the agency to review all past allegations. Science groups and other advocates have welcomed the approach but stressed some shortcomings. For one, the watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility said EPA’s scientific integrity policies fail to include...
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Scientists urge Biden to go big on ocean protection

“President Joe Biden’s laudable Jan. 27 executive order, “Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad,” calls for (among other things) conserving 30% of U.S. lands and waters by 2030. In response, U.S. scientists on Monday sent a letter to the president urging him to “go big” on ocean protection as part of the “30×30”...
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Colorado wildlife manager investigated for meddling with wolf reintroduction

“A senior Colorado Parks and Wildlife manager has been reinstated after a 12-week investigation into a whistleblower’s allegations that he tried to sabotage the voter-directed reintroduction of wolves — using tactics that included hiring an outside group to post videos on YouTube and Facebook targeting pro-wolf state commissioners. CPW Northwest Region Manager JT Romatzke has...
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Colorado allows an Eastern Plains power plant to emit toxic sulfur dioxide emissions far above safe levels, groups claim

“Xcel Energy’s coal-fired Pawnee Generating Station near Fort Morgan is endangering local residents’ health by violating EPA sulfur dioxide emissions standards for hundreds of hours a year, a conservation coalition asking the state to sharply curtail plant air pollution permits said Friday. The conservation groups claim the state Air Pollution Control Division, which issues emission...
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EPA Proposes Collecting PFAS Manufacturing Data

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed a rule that would require manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, to provide information about the amount and type of chemicals…” Read the PEER Story…
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Sewage Sludge Fertilizers Sold at Hardware Stores Found to be Contaminated with PFAS Chemicals

“Biosolid-based fertilizer products like Milorganite, often sold to consumers as “organic,” are contaminated with dangerous PFAS chemicals, according to a study published by Sierra Club and Ecology Center. Biosolids, also known as sewage sludge, have been found in the past to contain residues of hazardous pesticides, heavy metals, antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals, personal care products,...
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PFAS found in pet products

“Commonly used flea-control collars and liquids contain high amounts of so-called forever chemicals, according to new data published today. Testing done by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) found significant levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in popular pet products, including the short-chain compound GenX, also called HFPO-DA.” Read the PEER Story…  
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To spray, or not to spray: That is the question for Plymouth County Mosquito Control

“The threat of mosquito-borne diseases is real with mosquito season upon us, but not everyone agrees with the use of pesticides for killing mosquitoes. Kyla Bennett, New England director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and PEER’s director of science policy, previously worked as an Environmental Protection Agency Region 1 wetland permit reviewer and as the...
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Opinion: Maryland Must Address Emerging PFAS Crisis

“This past year, Maryland has received three shocking revelations about the extent of toxic PFAS — per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances — contamination in the state. Although this issue has received scant attention in the state media, Congress and the state must act immediately to address this burgeoning crisis. So far, both have been slow to...
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