News Clips

PEER in the News

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

Feinstein Bill Would Protect Congressional Whistleblowers from Retaliation

“Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today introduced the Congressional Whistleblower Protection Act, a bill to strengthen protections for congressional whistleblowers who share information about fraud, waste and abuse with Congress. The bill is supported by the Government Accountability Project, Project on Government Oversight, Public Citizen, National Security Counselors, National Whistleblower Center, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility,...
read more

Whistleblower revelations about EPA TSCA new chemical reviews

“[I delivered these comments at the July 28, 2021 webinar titled “Toxic Chemicals, Whistleblowers, and the Need for Reform at EPA” cosponsored by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), NY PIRG, and EDF. [A recording of the webinar is available here.]  The webinar followed on whistleblower disclosures in a complaint filed by PEER and the...
read more

Public Comment Sought On Air Tour Management Plans For National Parks

“More than two decades after initial steps were taken, and after a federal judge ordered action, the National Park Service and Federal Aviation Administration finally are seeking public input on air tour management plans proposed for some of the country’s national parks. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility brought the lawsuit that the judge acted on.”...
read more

EPA Whistleblowers Allege ‘Atmosphere Of Fear’

“Two of our whistleblower clients appeared on the Science Friday show/podcast to discuss the below: Earlier this month, four whistleblowers from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) chemical safety office went public with allegations of intimidation and downplayed chemical risks, stating: “The Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention is broken… The entire New Chemicals program...
read more

Government examining plastic containers’ connection to ‘forever chemicals’

“Known as ‘forever chemicals,’ PFAS chemicals used in products such as non-stick pans and stain repellents have long confounded scientists for their ubiquity in the environment – so commonplace that they show up in the blood of humans and animals in the furthest reaches of the earth, including polar bears in Greenland. PFOA and PFOS,...
read more

NPS faces growing pressure to ban single-use plastics

“More than 300 green groups, businesses and nonprofits today called on the National Park Service to prohibit single-use plastics at its 423 park sites. Earlier this month, House appropriators criticized NPS for doing nothing to reduce plastic waste since the Trump administration in 2017 scrapped an Obama-era policy that gave individual parks permission to ban...
read more

Q&A: Retiring EPA career official talks Trump controversies

“You recently spoke out against the allegation that PFBS [perfluorobutane sulfonic acid] risk assessments had been tampered with. You were quoted saying, “They are the product of biased political interference” that stands to erode the trust that the American public has in EPA and “our ability to protect their health and the environment.” As far...
read more

Delray utilities official gives up plant operator’s license after watchdog allegation

“The assistant director of the city’s Utilities Department has surrendered his plant operator’s license following a complaint he obtained the license under “false pretenses.” A watchdog group, the Tallahassee-based Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), reported to the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) that Juan Guevarez falsified his experience to obtain the license.” Read...
read more

More Allegations That EPA Scientists Are Pressured To Alter Reports

“Whistleblowers responsible for completing chemical risk assessments have come forward with allegations that their reports have been and continue to be “improperly altered to completely eliminate or minimize risk calculations,” according to a complaint filed by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) on behalf of four scientists who work in EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety...
read more

Padre Island National Seashore’s First Public Turtle Hatchling Release in 2 Years

“Public viewings of Kemp’s ridley sea turtle hatchling releases are back! The first public releases in two years are scheduled at the Malaquite Visitor Center at Padre Island National Seashore on July 23-24 and Aug. 4-6. Public releases are also under scrutiny and could be canceled in the future due to budget concerns. The program...
read more