News Clips

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

Trump: Park rangers will patrol Mexican border, arrest migrants

“There are now fewer than 1,800 law enforcement rangers watching out for nearly 320 million visitors at the nation’s 419 national park sites. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a government watchdog group, released figures Nov. 5 showing that the number of full-time National Park Service staff had decreased by more than 3,500, or 16%, since 2011....
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Y’Stone Wifi Signals to Fly

“Yellowstone National Park officials are taking steps to bolster Wi-Fi in the park’s interior, where today signals are poor enough that employees can go to great lengths to pull off even the most mundane of tasks. A proposal on the table would result in a sweeping upgrade to Wi-Fi networks in buildings at Canyon Village,...
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EPA Won’t Address the Ticking Time Bomb Right Next Door

“Tens of thousands of people in our nation could die in a Bhopal-like catastrophe far worse than the 9/11 death toll of nearly 3,000 Americans. The reason is hydrofluoric acid, a chemical so dangerous that it can seep through skin and dissolve bones. Oil refineries use the acid to make gasoline. The Trump EPA refused...
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EPA Prosecutions of Polluters Approach Quarter-Century Lows

“WASHINGTON (AP) — Criminal prosecution and convictions of polluters have fallen to quarter-century lows under the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency, deepening three years of overall enforcement declines, according to Justice Department statistics. And while the administration says it’s focusing on quality over quantity in pollution cases, using its enforcement resources to go after the...
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EPA Prosecutions of Polluters Approach Quarter-Century Lows

“WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department figures show criminal prosecution and convictions of polluters have fallen to quarter-century lows under the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency. The figures Thursday from a Syracuse University records-tracking program show the Justice Department filed 75 prosecutions, and secured 60 convictions, in EPA cases in the fiscal year ended this September....
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Modern Biology and Ecology: the Roots Of America’s Assertive Illiteracy

“The 2016 election elevated Mike Pence and Betsy DeVos—major supporters of teaching creationism—to the vice presidency and leadership of the U.S. Department of Education, respectively. DeVos is a billionaire funder of efforts to pass state laws that give science teachers the right to present anti-evolution materials in science classrooms under the guise of protecting academic...
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Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, November 2019

EPA Denies TSCA Section 21 Petition On Use Of Hydrofluoric Acid At Oil Refineries “On November 12, 2019, EPA proposed to deny a petition submitted under TSCA Section 21 seeking to prohibit the use of hydrofluoric acid in manufacturing processes at oil refineries. 84 Fed. Reg. 60986. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) petitioned EPA...
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Regional Forester Expects Audit of Tongass Logging to Be Completed Soon

“The U.S. Forest Service’s top official in Alaska told an audience in Petersburg this month that his agency is close to finalizing an audit of the timber sale program. The watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility published those agency reviews in 2017 detailing problems with oversight and administration of the logging, leading to millions...
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