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

New mining office sparks concern over authority, loopholes

“Critics fear EPA’s creation of a “new office to clean up old mines” in the West will let at least some mining companies off the hook. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility Executive Director Tim Whitehouse also said the announcement “has come as a surprise to most EPA employees working on these issues.”” Read the PEER...
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The Savaging of Detlev Helmig, Citizen

“Dr. Helmig worked at the University of Colorado-Boulder for 25 years as both a teacher and atmospheric scientist. Never had he received anything but an above satisfactory performance review from his bosses. Yet, on one recent spring morning he was told to expect a Zoom call from the administration. The call came, and he was...
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NPS, FAA Develop Framework For Air Tour Management Plans

“Sprawling across across 244,000 acres of prairie, canyons, buttes, and wondrous multi-colored geologic formations, Badlands National Park in South Dakota can be hard to fully grasp and navigate if you’re on foot or even in a vehicle. That’s where taking a flight over the park can show one the majesty of the landscape. But those...
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Dissenter Weekly: EPA’s Trump Propaganda, Whistleblower Challenges Police Use of Ketamine

“On this edition of the “Dissenter Weekly,” host and Shadowproof editor Kevin Gosztola highlights an effort by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) to challenge the EPA and its administrator’s “illegal political self-promotion.” PEER wants Congress to enforce a ban against federal funding for “propaganda purposes” and “obtain reimbursement for the costs of EPA’s partisan...
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William Perry Pendley Must Go

“William Perry Pendley’s nomination to lead the Bureau of Land Management has been withdrawn and while President Trump offered no explanation for withdrawing Pendley’s nomination, it seems he didn’t have the votes necessary for Senate confirmation. The Senate Democrats were united against him and a few GOP Senators found themselves in an election year hot...
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PEER: Margaret Everson Illegally Was Put In Charge Of National Park Service

“Margaret Everson, counselor to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, was illegally placed in charge of the National Park Service, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. Everson was named acting director for the Park Service on August 7 when Bernhardt announced she was replacing David Vela, who had been acting director since October 2019.” Read the...
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Pence’s use of Fort McHenry threatens Park Service employees

“Using the Park Service for a blatantly political speech, such as accepting a nomination for a political role, presents a major hazard of violating the Hatch Act, which forbids any federal employee other than the president or vice president from engaging in political activity at their workplace during their hours of duty. Therefore, if any Park...
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Letter: DEC Needs to follow up on PFAS from Dunn Landfill

“The ongoing response by the state Department of Environmental Conservation to the threat of PFAS from Norlite in Cohoes and the nearby communities’ soil and streams is what citizens should expect from this agency. However, DEC has not responded to the potential presence of PFAS in leachate from the Dunn Landfill in the city of...
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Two Lawsuits Still Seek To Oust Pendley From The BLM

“William Perry Pendley’s nomination to lead the Bureau of Land Management may have been pulled, but he’s still effectively leading the organization. Two lawsuits are still trying to put that to an end. The Western Watersheds Project and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or PEER, filed the second suit. Peter Jenkins is a senior counsel...
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End noncompetitive leasing of BLM lands for oil and gas exploration

“What this process has done over the years is allow oil and gas interests to hoard land on the tiny chance they might develop it. During the Trump administration, land virtually given away in noncompetitive leases has more than doubled from 141,000 acres in 2017 to nearly 379,000 in 2018. A report last year by...
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