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PEER in the News

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

New directive allows superintendents to reconsider e-bikes

“The National Park Service is directing superintendents to further consider their electric bicycle regulations, but how much impact it will have on Glacier National Park remains to be seen. Under the Trump administration, then Secretary of Interior David Bernhardt in May 2019 ordered national parks to allow e-bikes where traditional bikes were allowed. The directive...
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Firefighters face hurdles in quest for PFAS-free gear

“Firefighters want the option to wear protective gear that doesn’t contain toxic chemicals. The only problem? The very garment manufacturers whose gear contains PFAS sit on the standard-setting committee they must convince. But purchasing turnout gear without PFAS is nearly impossible because rules from the National Fire Protection Association require some fabrics used in the...
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Scientists at EPA allege ‘deliberate tampering’ with chemical risk reviews

“Officials at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have ‘improperly altered’ safety assessments of new and existing chemicals for years and are continuing to do so, four scientists at the agency claim in a complaint filed by the non-profit environmental protection organisation Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The EPA employees disclosed ‘disturbing evidence of...
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Face masks emerge as flashpoint in PFAS debate

“Republicans opposing measures aiming to crack down on “forever chemicals” are pointing to the presence of the toxic substances in face masks worn to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to bolster their arguments against advancing legislation. “The line that we can’t regulate PFAS as hazardous waste under CERCLA or under RCRA because they’re used...
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E.P.A. Approved Toxic Chemicals for Fracking a Decade Ago, New Files Show

“For much of the past decade, oil companies engaged in drilling and fracking have been allowed to pump into the ground chemicals that, over time, can break down into toxic substances known as PFAS — a class of long-lasting compounds known to pose a threat to people and wildlife — according to internal documents from...
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Freedom To Choose – PFAS Free PPE

“Our Kyla Bennett appears on The 25 Live Podcast to discuss our work to make PFAS-free firefighting gear possible. The NFPA 1971 TIA 1594 would remove the UV light test and give manufacturers the opportunity to design and distribute PFAS free Fire Gear. More information can be found at:” Read the PEER Story…
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Complaint alleges continued ‘war on science’ at the EPA

“Several scientists working with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have raised concerns over disregard for scientific data by the organization. Through Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), four EPA scientists have filed a formal complaint with the organization’s Office of the Inspector General requesting an investigation. The complaint states that high-level employees at the EPA regularly alter...
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