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

‘Forever chemicals’ ubiquitous in Colorado, EPA data suggests

“The overwhelming percentage of sites that “may be handling PFAS” in Colorado (around 86%) are associated with the oil and gas industry. The number of oil and gas sites listed, around 18,000, dwarf the next most frequent industry, waste management, accounting for less than a thousand sites,” a PEER press release states. The data comes as the...
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EPA will finally regulate ‘forever chemicals.’ Experts say it’s not enough.

Some activists lauded the roadmap as a win for environmental justice; PFAS tends to contaminate impoverished neighborhoods and communities of color. Geoff Gisler, a senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center, said in a statement that the roadmap could help “change the landscape in our efforts to protect communities from PFAS pollution.” But other environmental...
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EPA finally launches major effort to curb PFAS pollution, to mixed reviews about whether it’s enough

There are at least 5,000 types of PFAS, which are specifically manufactured or are the byproducts of industrial processes. PFAS are found in many consumer products, including fast food packaging, pizza boxes, microwave popcorn bags, carpeting, furniture, fire-fighting foam, Teflon cookware, and stain- and water-resistant materials. PFAS are widespread in the environment in the U.S....
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EPA to Create Advisory Councils to Restore Scientific Integrity in Pesticide/Chemicals Division

EPA imagines the OCSPP Science Policy Council as providing an “advisory perspective” on scientific integrity, looking at issues at are of “broad interest within OCSPP for informal review” while also fostering informal opportunities for scientific collaboration. Advocates see the move as a step in the right direction but note that problems within OCSPP run deep....
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‘Forever chemicals’ ubiquitous in Colorado, EPA data suggests

Across the country, around 120,000 industrial facilities may be handling PFAS, according to Environmental Protection Agency documents released this week by the organization Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or PEER. About one-sixth of those sites, or about 21,000, are in Colorado, more than any other state. “The overwhelming percentage of sites that “may be handling PFAS” in...
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EPA Releases ‘Roadmap’ for PFAS Regulations During Biden Administration

Other environmental groups criticized the agency’s plan, saying it promised future regulatory limits on only a handful of thousands of PFAS chemicals. “This plan is a complete dud,” said Tim Whitehouse, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. “The PFAS crisis is going to get much worse unless there are major course corrections far...
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Documents Show EPA Staffers Mishandled Whistleblowers’ Complaint

The documents The Intercept obtained show that Tim Whitehouse, the executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), sent the whistleblowers’ complaint to Michael Freedhoff, executive director of the EPA, at 5:54pm on June 28. Freedhoff then forwarded the complaint to six people within ten minutes of receiving Whitehouse’s email, “including Carol Ann Siciliano, who was then the...
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‘Forever chemicals’ may be present at some 2,500 NJ sites, data shows

The EPA data was obtained by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a nonprofit that obtained the files through a Freedom of Information Act request. It said the companies identified may be making, importing, handling or storing the chemicals. “These figures show a scale of potential PFAS contamination in this country that is gargantuan,” said...
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Port Richey neighbors fed up with ongoing sewage spills

The I-Team reviewed state data and found, since 2017, Port Richey has reported 14 spills to the Department of Environmental Protection. Throughout 2020, Florida PEER (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility) monitored those emergency alerts of sewage overflows across the state. The reports are supposed to include the number of gallons spilled and cleaned up and if it impacted any body...
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