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PEER in the News

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

EPA Agenda Undermined by Its Embrace of Industry Influence, Article Documents

“The investigative online publication The Intercept has turned its attention to the current and historical role of industry in distorting, undermining, and outright suppressing the protective function of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with regard to pesticide exposures. The subsequent reporting — “The Department of Yes: How Pesticide Companies Corrupted the EPA and Poisoned...
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EPA Staff Detail Allegations That Leaders Weakened New Chemicals Reviews

“The four EPA toxics office scientists who are asking the inspector general to investigate the office are detailing a host of alleged incidents where they say career leaders improperly overrode their findings to secure less-stringent TSCA reviews of new chemicals. According to the whistleblower group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), which is representing the...
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EPA Directs Employees Not to Talk to the Press

“The Environmental Protection Agency is reminding employees not to engage with members of the media, sending a memorandum this week instructing them to deflect any press inquiries. Tim Whitehouse, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which made the media policy memo public, said the policy was hypocritical. “Is EPA transparent, or is it...
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War on Science Persists Within Biden EPA as Staffers Allege Chemical Reports Altered

“Four scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency are alleging that the “war on science” is continuing under the Biden administration, with managers at the agency altering reports about the risks posed by chemicals and retaliating against employees who report the misconduct. The government watchdog Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) filed a formal complaint Friday...
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Staffers Face ‘Intense Pressure’ On New Chemicals, Whistleblowers Say

“Four EPA scientists who are seeking an Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigation into EPA’s new chemicals program say office leaders imposed “intense pressure” to speed chemical reviews and avoid stringent risk findings, and frequently overrode staffers’ judgment in efforts to cut the backlog of chemical filings. According to the whistleblower group Public Employees for...
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Padre Island National Seashore turtle program facing cuts

“Erica Sertl says it has been a slow summer for the Kemp’s ridley sea turtles at the Padre Island National Seashore (PINS). It could be her one and only summer on “turtle patrol” if proposed cuts to biologist Donna Shaver’s Sea Turtle Science and Recovery program are implemented this fall. An NPS review conducted in...
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National Parks Should Go Plastic Free

“In a major step to “green” the operation of national parks, the Biden administration should embrace an immediate ban on park plastic water bottle sales and reducing plastic wastes by 75 percent by 2026, according to a rule-making petition filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), GreenLatinos, and Beyond Plastics. The move would...
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Colorado Air Pollution Division investigated for allegedly asking employees to falsify data

“Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser has appointed outside attorneys to lead an investigation into accusations certain Air Pollution Control Division staff at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment knowingly disregarded air quality enforcement standards and asked subordinates to do the same. In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is conducting a separate, but...
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EPA employees allege changes to assessments that downplayed chemical risks

“Four Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) employees are alleging that managers in the agency’s chemicals office changed safety assessments in a way that downplayed the risks posed by these substances. In a request for investigation to the EPA’s internal watchdog made public late last week by the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), the four...
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Great.com Talks With…Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility

“As an employee, one should always speak up if their organization has some practices that harm the environment. Illegal logging, planting genetically modified crops in a wildlife refuge or dumping chemicals in waterways that can poison living things and disrupt the ecosystem – these are all very harmful and thoughtless acts that destroy the planet...
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