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

ANALYSIS: IS GOV. RICK SCOTT FRIEND OR FOE OF THE ENVIRONMENT?

From: USA Today Network Florida “The Department of Environmental Protection has opened 75 percent fewer pollution regulation enforcement cases since 2011, according to agency data gathered by Florida Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story  
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SUSAN COMBS TO JOIN INTERIOR DEPARTMENT, AN AGENCY SHE OFTEN BATTLED

From: Austin American-Statesman “Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which advocates for government scientists, noted it was still unclear what Combs’ assistant secretary duties would include. But he said he was concerned about what he described as the former comptroller’s history of letting politics drive questions of science.” Read more . ....
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COMMON SENSE DICTATES SAFETY FIRST WITH ARTIFICIAL TURF

From: Half Moon Bay Review “What is the problem? Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, put it pretty succinctly a couple years back in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle: “The common sense concern is that this is just chopped up hazardous waste.”” Read more . . . Read the PEER...
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FOREST SERVICE WANTS TO PAY MORE IN MONEY-LOSING TIMBER SALE

From: SitNews “After losing nearly $2 million on a major timber sale, U.S. Forest Service officials are pushing for additional payments to a Southeast Alaska logging company, according to documents posted Monday by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).” Read more . . . Read the PEER story  
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TONGASS TIMBER SALE SHORT ON TIMBER

From: KTOO Public Media “Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or PEER, based in Silver Spring, Maryland, has published Forest Service documents on its website detailing a review of timber sale contracts on the Tongass National Forest. This spring, PEER highlighted a Forest Service review that found errors in procedures, oversight and contract enforcement. Other documents from...
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AFTER PROMISING FIXES, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE FACES RENEWED CRITICISMS OF TOXIC CULTURE

From: Government Executive “The NPS culture is instead breeding corruption, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. Specifically, PEER accused the agency of shielding its malfeasant and poorly performing managers from proper discipline, despite clear evidence of bad behavior. Rank-and-file employees are punished much more readily, the group said in calling for new political leadership at...
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WATCHDOG GROUP CLAIMS ‘BIASED HIERARCHY’ PERSISTS AT NPS

From: Federal News Radio “An independent watchdog group says senior National Park Service officials have continued to receive immunity from disciplinary actions despite findings of misconduct. The charges leveled by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility continue the perception of what it called a ” biased hierarchy” within the agency. PEER said Acting NPS Director Michael Reynolds...
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Shutdown Threat Risks Stalling Work, Pushing Out Staff

From: Bloomberg BNA “Jeff Ruch, the director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, said in an email to Bloomberg BNA the logistics of closure were unclear. The prospect of deep funding cuts “raises questions as to whether CSB should open any new investigations no matter how big or significant the chemical accident,” Ruch said.” Read more...
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WATCHDOG: PARK SERVICE MANAGEMENT NOT HELD TO SAME STANDARD

From: Federal Times ““In the Park Service, immunity for its managers appears immutable,” PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch said in a release. He continued, saying that the only saving grace was that Caldwell had not been placed in charge of procurement and that “lower-level employees” would not get away with these actions. “ Read more ....
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