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

Groups re-up bid to expel unconfirmed heads of NPS, BLM

“A coalition of environmental advocates on Monday moved to beef up their complaint in federal court in Washington D.C. against the U.S. Department of the Interior, whose secretary they accuse of unlawfully keeping deputies at the helm of two of its agencies, the National Park Service (NPS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), rather...
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Lawsuit: Pendley must step down while awaiting confirmation

“A revised lawsuit by two advocacy groups says the Bureau of Land Management is violating federal law if it allows William Perry Pendley to serve as its de facto acting chief while he awaits Senate confirmation to become its permanent director. The supplemental complaint filed by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and the Western Watersheds...
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POLITICO Playbook: The struggling states, and FDA commish declines to back Trump

“And just this past week, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt was listed as a headliner along with White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, a top fundraiser for the president, at an event in Rapid City, South Dakota, where tickets prices started at $250, according to an independent watchdog group,...
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Trump Cabinet members look to reassure battleground voters

“U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue tromped through a strawberry festival in central Florida, detailing the government’s new trade pact. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talked about foreign policy at a roundtable in south Florida. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler toured parts of Michigan and Wisconsin, where he boasted of the Trump administration’s efforts to...
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Clear the air about Helmig

“Last month, the University of Colorado Boulder released a scathing audit about the events that led to the firing of Detlev Helmig, formerly an associate research professor at CU’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. According to the audit, which was released June 18, Helmig improperly diverted more than $700,000 in funding intended for university...
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Helmig’s work has saved lives

“I read with interest Katie Langford’s June 19 story regarding Dr. Detlev Helmig. I was drawn to this since I have not only used Dr. Helmig’s research in my work, but also presented with him to audiences along the Front Range. I do not want to discuss guilt or innocence. I want to point out...
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Coronavirus Roundup: Military Cases Spike; July 4th Concerns Grow; Free Masks for Feds

“Jeff Ruch, Pacific director for the nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, said individuals should follow Fauci’s guidance and not attend fireworks displays either on the National Mall or Mount Rushmore. “Park Service and other government workers working during the event will be placed at higher risk of exposure for no good reason,” he told...
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EPA to end contentious enforcement policy

“EPA announced yesterday it would terminate a controversial temporary enforcement policy this summer that allowed companies to ease reporting requirements. Former EPA attorney Tim Whitehouse welcomed the news but claimed a larger environmental enforcement reprieve during the Trump administration.” Read the PEER Story…
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Listening to Silence: Why We Must Protect the World’s Quiet Places

“It is a frosty March morning in the Hoh Rainforest, deep within Olympic National Park in Washington state. The forest is full of Jurassic ferns, hanging moss, and towering spruce and cedars, but what I hope to find is an absence. I seek a spot known as the “One Square Inch of Silence” — one...
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