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PEER in the News

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

Biden admin launches plan to regulate PFAS

“The Biden administration unveiled a sweeping plan to address every form of PFAS pollution today, cracking down on “forever chemicals” linked to diseases including cancer and found in a wide range of everyday products and in thousands of drinking water systems nationwide. Kyla Bennett, who directs science policy for the group Public Employees for Environmental...
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Biden Administration Seeks to Accelerate Cleanup of Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’

Environmental and public health groups on Monday approved of the Biden administration’s focus on the issue but criticized regulators for not moving quickly enough on forceful actions. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which represents government employees in environmental fields, released an analysis of federal data on Monday that suggested that roughly 120,000 industrial sites may...
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Biden administration moves to curtail toxic ‘forever chemicals’

Another interest group, the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), called the EPA’s new road map “woefully inadequate” to offset “an escalating PFAS contamination crisis.” The road map is essentially “future promises of planning to plan,” the group said. Developing toxicity standards for only seven PFAS chemicals, out of thousands, is a “whack-a-mole” approach to...
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Biden administration to regulate PFAS chemicals that have contaminated water in Michigan

Some environmental groups were disappointed the administration didn’t go further in its Monday announcement plans. A group of local, state and national government natural resource and environmental professionals panned Biden’s PFAS plan as “woefully inadequate” and effectively “kicking the can down the road.” The group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) said the plan is weak because...
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In Colorado Just Another Environmental Whitewash for the Polis Administration

“Last March 30th was a bad air day along Colorado’s heavily populated northern front range. Indeed most days are bad air days for the people living here. It also happens that on this day three employees, Rosendo Majano, DeVondria Reynolds, and Bradley Rink, from the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division went to the United States EPA’s Inspector...
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EPA Plans to Clean Up Troubled Chemical and Pesticide Programs

“The Environmental Protection Agency laid out plans to improve scientific integrity today, including the creation of two internal science policy advisory councils. One will focus on the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics and the Office of Pesticide Programs and will be chaired by a science policy adviser, a new senior-level role within the agency....
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EPA to bolster chemical risk reviews amid whistleblower fallout

“EPA’s chemicals office is taking new steps geared toward bolstering scientific integrity amid criticism over its handling of work including key risk assessments. Those changes come as EPA faces increasing backlash from some advocates over not only the New Chemicals Division but also the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention more broadly. This summer,...
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Colorado’s top air quality regulator reassigned after state investigation finds potential conflicts of interest

“Colorado’s top air regulator has been reassigned to a new position after a state-backed investigation found potential conflicts of interest with a mining company seeking an air pollution permit. Garry Kaufman directed Colorado’s Air Pollution Control Division for the last four years. On Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment...
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