See Recent News Clips
Following are recent press clips from national publications that relate to PEER issues, campaigns and news releases.
“With the Environmental Protection Agency’s own data showing that nearly half of our rivers and streams and a third of our wetlands are in “poor biological condition,” and with millions of Americans exposed to unsafe chemicals in water systems, this is a bad time to make a mockery of the Clean Water Act. But that...read more
Vern Buchanan Urges Ron DeSantis to Protect the Florida Panther During Heartland Parkway Construction
“This week, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., called on Gov. Ron DeSantis to consider protecting the endangered Florida Panther when drafting construction plans for the new Heartland Parkway. In a letter to DeSantis, Buchanan noted the 140-mile proposed highway from Polk to Collier Counties will run directly into the habitat of the panther. Construction is...read more
“Leaders at the Bureau of Land Management in Arizona knew for years that recreational shooting sites north of Phoenix contained high levels of lead, but they failed to warn the public and their own employees, according to a federal investigation. Nor has the agency cleaned up the contamination, despite the potential threats to humans, including...read more
‘This Will Be the Biggest Loss of Clean Water Protection the Country Has Ever Seen’: Trump Finalizes Clean Water Rule Replacement
“Today, the Trump administration will finalize its replacement for the Obama-era Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule in a move that will strip protections from more than half of the nation’s wetlands and allow landowners to dump pesticides into waterways, or build over wetlands, for the first time in decades.” Read the PEER Story…read more
“The Trump administration on Thursday finalized a rule that significantly reduces the federal government’s role in regulating waterways, fulfilling a campaign promise to farmers and energy interests and handing a win to conservatives who have pushed for changes to the Clean Water Act regulations. The rule, which redefines what constitutes ‘waters of the United States,’...read more
SpaceX’s License to Launch Hundreds of Internet Satellites May Have Violated the Law, Experts Say. Astronomers Could Sue the FCC.
“A federal agency may have violated the law when it licensed SpaceX to launch thousands of satellites, according to a forthcoming paper. That raises the possibility that disgruntled astronomers could sue. ‘If there are lots and lots of bright moving objects in the sky, it tremendously complicates our job,’ astronomer James Lowenthal told the New...read more
“The Environmental Protection Agency suppressed the work of its career employees and dismissed legitimate science in taking a key deregulatory action, dozens of former and current employees have alleged. The employees are asking investigators to discipline the top officials responsible. The complaint, issued by the nonprofit advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, concerned orders...read more
“TRUMP TRIES OUT NEW CLIMATE LINE OF ATTACK: President Trump on government-centric plans to combat climate change Tuesday: ‘Fear and doubt is not a good thought process because this is a time for tremendous hope and joy and optimism and action,’ Trump said in his address to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. ‘But...read more
“President Trump yesterday touted his repeal of key Clean Water Act regulations as more than three dozen current and former government officials called for an investigation into the scientific basis of his forthcoming replacement rule. The Obama-era rule was meant to clarify which water bodies are and aren’t covered by the federal law. In addition...read more
“With the Trump administration poised to roll back key protections for much of the nation’s wetlands, scientists at the US Environmental Protection Agency are accusing the agency’s political appointees of ignoring their advice and barring them from shaping sweeping new guidelines, violating the agency’s longstanding policies. One scientist was so distraught that the agency veteran...read more