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

Will FOIA be a pandemic casuality?

“The Bureau of Land Management missed a key deadline in an ongoing lawsuit over Freedom of Information Act requests due to the agency’s response to the COVID-19 outbreaks. The disclosure, made in internal communications between the Justice Department and the plaintiff, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, raises questions about whether BLM leadership could put access...
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Grand Canyon lodging, food services shuttered in face of coronavirus

“Grand Canyon National Park is still open, but the same cannot be said for lodging and food services in the park that will be shuttered for the next two months by concerns over coronavirus. The Grand Canyon Lodging announcement comes one day after Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said that entry fees at all open national...
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Second EPA employee tests positive for coronavirus

“A second Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) employee has tested positive for coronavirus, and another worker has come into contact with someone who tested positive. The EPA sent an email to staff Thursday informing them that the two employees work in the New England region, which covers Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont....
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Anti-PFAS advocates obtain test results from U.S. military

“Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a nonprofit group that protects government workers who support environmental activism, released the results of tests for per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in private wells south of the Air Force Academy. PFAS, a group of manmade chemicals that have served as ingredients in various materials (including firefighting foam once...
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DEC Minimizes Concern Over New Dunn Dump PFAS Report

“After traces of PFAS chemicals were found in water samples taken near the Dunn Landfill in Rensselaer, activists are stepping up their campaign to convince the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to close the landfill. Kyla Bennett from PEER – Public Employees For Environmental Responsibility – says the group tested for 36 different...
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Former Officials Call Fowl

“Former communications officials at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service called on the Interior Department’s internal watchdog to investigate “potential ethical and procedural violations” stemming from a FWS press release, Pro’s Alex Guillén reports. The Jan. 30 release in question announced a proposed rule to limit Migratory Bird Treaty Act enforcement to the intentional take...
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The Park Service is selling out to telecom giants

“The telecom giants — AT&T, Verizon and more — are pushing to build out infrastructure on protected public lands across the country. These corporations hope to extend their reach into some of the most iconic and remote corners of the United States.  And they have found a close collaborator in the federal government, which is...
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Ex-Hill aide, vocal Trump ally returns to EPA in key role

“A vocal defender of President Trump’s environmental and energy agenda starts today as EPA’s chief of staff. Mandy Gunasekara has returned to the Trump EPA after resigning from the agency more than a year ago. She was a top air policy adviser, rising to the position of principal deputy assistant administrator in the Office of...
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Water tests show toxins near Rensselaer landfill, environmental groups say

“Water tests taken at three locations near the Dunn Landfill found elevated levels of toxic chemicals, environmentalist groups said Saturday. The groups, the Rensselaer Environmental Coalition and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, said the toxic levels of PFAS compounds were found near the landfill, which abuts Rensselaer Junior/Senior High School. “None are drinking water sources,...
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