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PEER in the News

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

Glacier unveils plan to phase out sightseeing flights over park

“FRUSTRATED BY noisy helicopters around national parks in Hawaii, two groups — Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and the Hawaii Island Coalition Malama Pono — filed a lawsuit seeking to force the government to comply. The U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C., ruled in their favor in May 2020.” Read the PEER Story…
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Whistleblowers Come Out Against EPA, Alleging Corruption

“Four scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency have come forward and shared that the agency has been siding with chemical companies and approving chemicals with potentially dangerous health effects. Here & Now‘s Scott Tong talks with Sharon Lerner, a reporter for The Intercept, who broke the story.” Read the PEER Story…
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The FAA Is Enabling Helicopters to Ruin the Outdoors

“In 2019, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and Hawaii Island Coalition Malama Pono (HICOP) sued the FAA and NPS to force them to implement the law. Their suit named seven NPS sites: Bryce Canyon, Glacier, Great Smoky Mountains, Haleakala, Hawaii Volcanoes, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and Muir Woods National Monument (which no longer...
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How Biden’s team rushed to dump a Trump-era PFAS assessment

“Kyla Bennett, who directs science policy for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, meanwhile expressed alarm. The conversations, she said, “prove what we always suspected — Trump Administration political appointees improperly manipulated science at EPA,” adding the revelations were “disturbing.” Read the PEER Story…
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EPA exposed for hiding chemical risks, favoring corporate interests

“In June 2021, four EPA scientists, each working within the agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), publicly accused the the EPA of deliberate tampering with chemical risk assessments. The four whistleblowers made their complaints public through a group called Public  Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). In a June 28 letter to the U.S....
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POSTED IN CHESAPEAKE BAY ‘Forever chemicals’ from Navy lab flowing into the Chesapeake Bay

“In the wake of high PFAS levels found in groundwater at Naval Air Station Patuxent in St. Mary’s County, an independent lab analysis commissioned by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility last year found higher levels in an oyster, blue crab, and striped bass caught there. The MDE analyzed oysters from the same waters but turned up...
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Group’s Allegations of Destroying Records Spur EPA Investigation

“The EPA says it will fully investigate allegations from a public interest group that it illegally destroys the original versions of its internal communications and draft documents once they’re edited, according to an agency spokesman. The Environmental Protection Agency pledged to work with the National Archives and Records Administration “to ensure any allegation of record...
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EPA is falsifying risk assessments for dangerous chemicals, say whistleblowers

““The depth of it is pretty horrifying,” said Kyla Bennett, New England director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a non-profit whose attorneys are representing the four scientists. “I don’t sleep at night knowing what I know from the whistleblowers.” “Managers seem to think their job is to get as many new chemicals on...
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