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PEER in the News

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

New Evidence of Corruption at EPA Chemicals Division

“Scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency have provided The Intercept with new information showing that senior staff have made chemicals appear safer — sometimes dodging restrictions on their use — by minimizing the estimates of how much is released into the environment. “It all comes down to money,” said Kyla Bennett, director of science policy...
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Environmental Oversight Improves Under DeSantis, But Enforcement Issues Remain

“Florida’s oversight of the state’s fragile natural resources has improved under Gov. Ron DeSantis but remains far behind where it was a decade ago, according to a new report by a nonprofit advocacy group supporting current and former government employees involved in environmental protection. While DeSantis has made the environment a priority of his administration,...
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US standards body rejects appeal seeking PFAS-free firefighting gear

‘“We’re disappointed, but not surprised” by the vote, said Kyla Bennett, science policy director with Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), which is assisting the IAFF with legal and scientific advice.   She said the 2006 standard – examining how moisture barrier materials in the ‘middle layer’ of turnout gear stand up to degradation from ultraviolet...
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‘The harm to children is irreparable’: Ruth Etzel speaks out ahead of EPA whistleblower hearing

” Paula Dinerstein, a lawyer with the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which is representing Etzel, said the EPA still has not taken action to implement the lead protection strategy, and has acknowledged the “libelous claims” against Etzel were not substantiated. The Biden administration should not only reinstate Etzel to her previous position, but...
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Watchdog Group Says National Parks Lack Long-Term Planning

“Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility has released a report that says a number of America’s national parks have failed to create long-term plans. The lack of planning comes as parks face growing problems. The National Park Service has been without a director for about five years. Now a watchdog group says that several parks have...
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Glacier looks to limit and eventually phase out air tours

“A federal appeals court in May 2020 ruled that Glacier, along with 22 other national parks had to come up with an air tour management plan with the federal Aviation Administration within two years. The ruling came after a lawsuit was filed in 2017 by the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Glacier’s General Management...
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Region in Brief

“Frustrated by noisy helicopters around national parks in Hawaii, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and the Hawaii Island Coalition Malama Pono sued to force the government to comply. The U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C., ruled in their favor in May 2020 and ordered the agencies to develop management plans for about two dozen...
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Glacier Offers Plan To Phase Out Sightseeing Flights At Park

“Frustrated by noisy helicopters around national parks in Hawaii, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and the Hawaii Island Coalition Malama Pono sued to force the government to comply. The U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C., ruled in their favor in May 2020 and ordered the agencies to develop management plans for about two dozen...
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Glacier Offers Plan to Phase Out Sightseeing Flights at Park

“Frustrated by noisy helicopters around national parks in Hawaii, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and the Hawaii Island Coalition Malama Pono sued to force the government to comply. The U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C., ruled in their favor in May 2020 and ordered the agencies to develop management plans for about two dozen...
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