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

Guest Opinion: Environmental group cautions against fertilizer waste in roads

“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 phosphogypsum, the cancerous and radioactive byproduct of fertilizer production. That is...
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The Washington, D.C., siege has Western roots and consequences

“Five years and four days after armed militiamen took over the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, a remote federal wildlife preserve in eastern Oregon, for 41 days, supporters of President Donald Trump stormed and briefly occupied the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6. While the Trump era has empowered anti-government extremists in new and...
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Transition Roundup: Senate Runoff Outcomes Will Shape Biden’s Presidency; National Guard Prepares for Pro-Trump Election Protests

“In a recent filing in a lawsuit brought on by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, the Justice Department acknowledged that Trump lost the presidential election, the group flagged in a press release on Tuesday. Justice Department lawyers said PEER’s case challenging the status and actions by the acting officials leading the National Park Service and...
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Giving Up the Game, DOJ Argues in Court Filing That Trump Lost 2020 Election

“In a court filing submitted in late December as part of a lawsuit contesting the status of Trump administration officials serving unconfirmed in “temporary” positions, lawyers with the U.S. Justice Department argued the case should be tossed out because the issue would soon “be moot” given that President Donald Trump lost the 2020 elections and...
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Justice Department lawyers acknowledge presidential transition in court filing

“The Justice Department has acknowledged that a new administration will take office later this month in a recent court filing despite President Trump’s refusal to concede the election and the pressure on staff and officials to not acknowledge his defeat. Department lawyers argued that a case regarding Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s temporary appointments of political...
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Renewed call for shipyard excavation moratorium – the legal legacy of harm to the Hunters Point community

““On behalf of named plaintiffs and thousands of other victims to be named, including residents, deceased family members and unborn children,” renowned civil rights attorneys Bonner & Bonner filed a $27 billion lawsuit on May 1, 2018, for damages arising from “generational threats of cancer and other incurable illnesses attributed to the documented fraud perpetrated...
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2020 Year In Review: Stories That Deserve A Second Look

“Funding Cuts Imperil Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Program At Padre Island National Seashore A National Park Service review of the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle recovery program at Padre Island National Seashore is calling for substantial funding cuts and programmatic changes that would greatly hamstring the program and amount to “conservation malpractice,” Public Employees for Environmental...
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Manasota 88 Joins Lawsuit Challenging EPA Approval of Radioactive Roads

“Local environmental group Manasota 88 joined public health and union groups in a suit filed against the Environmental Protection Agency last week for approving the use of radioactive phosphogypsum in roads. The groups also petitioned the agency to reconsider its October 20 approval. “This about-face by EPA is a big gift to the fertilizer industry....
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Coalition of environmental, health, and union activists mount challenges to radioactive-roads policy

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has drawn a lawsuit and an administrative challenge over its decision to allow use of a radioactive byproduct of fertilizer production to pave roads. In its administrative challenge filed on Dec. 18, the center, backed by organizations including the Sierra Club, ManaSota-88, North America’s Building Trade Unions, and Public Employees...
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Trump Administration Loosens Protection for Florida Wetlands

“I grew up in south Florida and every time I return home for the holidays, it looks different. I notice more development of sensitive natural areas like wetlands and upland pine flatwoods to make way for sprawling cookie cutter gated residential developments and the commercial retail they attract. This is in addition to the visible...
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