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

Park Service needs a new conservationist leader

“Today, four years into its second century, the National Park Service is stumbling forward into a new era, without a plan, a leader or, most importantly, a vision for how to both protect and enhance what is often called America’s best idea. The agency has just received one of the greatest infusions of funds in...
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Increasing Charges That RI Is Failing in Environmental Enforcement – RIDEM Collects 26% of Penalties

“The non-profit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility charges that RIDEM has failed to enforce the Clean Water Act. “One of Rhode Island’s picturesque waterfronts appears to have a chronic sewage problem requiring immediate enforcement action, according to a complaint filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Citing months of state inaction on citizen...
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Delray Beach mayor wants Planning Board member ousted over column on city water

“Rob Long may have written one too many columns critical of the city to continue serving as vice chair of the Delray Beach Planning and Zoning Board. Mayor Shelly Petrolia called for Long’s removal for his most recent column saying he was “appalled” by the city’s response to “the alarming discovery of PFAS chemicals” in...
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Will Biden admin inherit a ‘weakened’ enforcement program?

“Critics said environmental enforcement under President-elect Joe Biden might be limited by the Trump EPA’s defiance — one day after agency enforcement chief Susan Bodine warned that the next administration must not overreach in its pursuit of environmental crimes. But those goals might be restricted, said Tim Whitehouse, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental...
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Emails show Park Police reliance on pepper balls, outside police forces during Lafayette protests

“U.S. Park Police email traffic during the June protests at Lafayette Square shows that agency officials were unaware which law enforcement agencies were assisting with the heavily criticized government response as demonstrators were overwhelmed by chemical irritants. The heavily redacted batch of emails was released Friday as part of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)...
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Emails shed light on Park Police scramble during crackdown

“A collection of emails released today shows how the U.S. Park Police struggled to maintain its pace during its June crackdown on protesters at Lafayette Square. Altogether, the Park Police released 101 pages of emails in response to a request made under the Freedom of Information Act, part of a lawsuit filed by the advocacy...
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Observers Fear Disruptions Amid Busy Post-Election Trump EPA Agenda

“The Trump EPA’s agenda is expected to be crowded in the coming months as officials aim to lock in deregulatory approaches amid a possible transition to a Biden administration, with some observers also expressing concern that the president’s recent civil-service executive order could drive disruptive, late-hour personnel moves. “We can expect a very lively 90...
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EPA chief of staff hit campaign trail for Trump

“EPA chief of staff Mandy Gunasekara has been tweeting allegations about Democrats stealing votes this week from Pennsylvania, a pivotal battleground state that’s still counting ballots. Gunasekara was a senior EPA air official who resigned in 2019 before returning this year as chief of staff. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility charged that her resignation letter...
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Group calls for probe of Sakonnet Harbor ‘sewage dumping’

“An environmental action group is calling on the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to “intervene” in citizen allegations of sewage pollution in Sakonnet Harbor. “One of Rhode Island’s picturesque waterfronts appears to have a chronic sewage problem requiring immediate enforcement action,” states a complaint filed Wednesday by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).”” Read the...
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Group alleges sewage discharges into Sakonnet Harbor

“An environmental group has filed a complaint with the federal Environmental Protection Agency claiming that sewage is being regularly discharged into Sakonnet Harbor, the site of the high-end Sakonnet Point Club. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility says it filed the complaint with the EPA because the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has failed to...
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