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

Daybreak July 7: Dairy farms among major PPP loan recipients

“An environmental watchdog group alleges that William Perry Pendley’s nomination as director of the Bureau of Land Management is illegal under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act. The group PEER, for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, says in a supplemental complaint filed in federal court that Pendley is ineligible because he’s currently acting as BLM director and has been...
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Jeff Ruch Of PEER & The Crisis In Cal/OSHA

“Jeff Ruch talks about a recent statement his organization released about Cal/OSHA. He reports that Cal/OSHA is severely understaffed and has been unable to protect the 19 million workers of California. He also reports that Cal/OSHA have recently been sent out to do field inspections without themselves taking Covid-19 tests so they know whether they...
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California ‘strike teams’ issue 52 coronavirus-related citations across state during holiday weekend

“Newly formed “strike teams” of state inspectors contacted thousands of California businesses over the long Independence Day weekend but issued citations to a relative few as they enforced coronavirus restrictions amid a resurging pandemic. The problem was worsened because there were no field inspections during the statewide stay-at-home order from mid-March until mid-May, and the...
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Groups Ask Court to Remove Pendley as De Facto Lands Director

“The Interior Department is violating federal law by continuing to give William Perry Pendley the authority of Bureau of Land Management director before the Senate confirms him in that position, two environmental groups allege in an amended lawsuit they seek to file in federal court. In a supplemental complaint the groups asked to file as...
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Groups re-up bid to expel unconfirmed heads of NPS, BLM

“A coalition of environmental advocates on Monday moved to beef up their complaint in federal court in Washington D.C. against the U.S. Department of the Interior, whose secretary they accuse of unlawfully keeping deputies at the helm of two of its agencies, the National Park Service (NPS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), rather...
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Lawsuit: Pendley must step down while awaiting confirmation

“A revised lawsuit by two advocacy groups says the Bureau of Land Management is violating federal law if it allows William Perry Pendley to serve as its de facto acting chief while he awaits Senate confirmation to become its permanent director. The supplemental complaint filed by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and the Western Watersheds...
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POLITICO Playbook: The struggling states, and FDA commish declines to back Trump

“And just this past week, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt was listed as a headliner along with White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, a top fundraiser for the president, at an event in Rapid City, South Dakota, where tickets prices started at $250, according to an independent watchdog group,...
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Trump Cabinet members look to reassure battleground voters

“U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue tromped through a strawberry festival in central Florida, detailing the government’s new trade pact. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talked about foreign policy at a roundtable in south Florida. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler toured parts of Michigan and Wisconsin, where he boasted of the Trump administration’s efforts to...
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Clear the air about Helmig

“Last month, the University of Colorado Boulder released a scathing audit about the events that led to the firing of Detlev Helmig, formerly an associate research professor at CU’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. According to the audit, which was released June 18, Helmig improperly diverted more than $700,000 in funding intended for university...
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Helmig’s work has saved lives

“I read with interest Katie Langford’s June 19 story regarding Dr. Detlev Helmig. I was drawn to this since I have not only used Dr. Helmig’s research in my work, but also presented with him to audiences along the Front Range. I do not want to discuss guilt or innocence. I want to point out...
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