Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) is a national alliance of local state and federal resource professionals. PEER's environmental work is solely directed by the needs of its members. As a consequence, we have the distinct honor of serving resource professionals who daily cast profiles in courage in cubicles across the country.

Releases by this organization

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Longlines Killing Pacific Seabirds at Record Rate
Longline fishing fleets in the Pacific Ocean are killing and maiming more seabirds at the highest rates recorded, according to documents posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The growing loss of seabirds caught on hooks or tangled in fishing gear appears to signal that National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) mitigation plan implemented a decade ago has not curbed this unintended harvest.
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013
No Surprise Federal Pipeline Safety Exercises Since 2005
The federal pipeline safety agency has not conducted a single surprise exercise for more than eight years to determine whether an operator can execute emergency response plans, according to documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Nor does the agency have a ready account of which emergency response plans it has approved, rejected or changed.
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Monday, July 15, 2013
Exxon Valdez Recovery Remains Stuck in Limbo
Nearly 25 years after the massive Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, the recovery plan for long-term natural resource damages sits on a shelf, according to documents posted by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). In recent court filings, the U.S. Justice Department and State of Alaska say they are still waiting for long overdue scientific studies before collecting a final $92 million claim to implement the recovery plan for unanticipated harm to fish, wildlife and habitat.
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Thursday, May 16, 2013
High Seas Harassment of Fisheries Observers More Than Doubles
Attacks against independent monitors of U.S. fishing fleets more than doubled between 2007 and 2011, according to official figures posted today by the Association for Professional Observers (APO) and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). In the vast majority of cases, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) took no enforcement action, and when it did, a warning was the most frequent sanction.
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Thursday, April 18, 2013
EPA Abdicates Oversight Role in Protecting Florida Waters
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has shirked its duty to enforce minimum national standards required by the Clean Water Act, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). As a result, EPA has stood by as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has systematically gutted water pollution safeguards.
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Federal Pipeline Safety Vacuum Magnifies Risks
In a week witnessing three major pipeline spills, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the entity supposed to be our first line of defense, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), is not up to the task. The size of the gap between what it is supposed to do and what it actually does is the subject of a lawsuit filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).
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Monday, March 04, 2013
Outages Spread in Critical Tsunami Warning System
Our principal ocean-based tsunami warning system is suffering from large dead zones that compromise its effectiveness, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). New funding limits imposed by sequestration and unresolved budget strains inside of National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) may result in even more system outages.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Federal Review of Missouri Parks' Drinking Water Sought
Some Missouri state parks have a troubling number of violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act, according to a call for a federal enforcement review made today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Since 2010, state park water systems have incurred 14 health-based violations for total coliform bacteria and two violations for E. coli.
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Monday, February 11, 2013
Languishing Wilderness Legacy of National Parks
Millions of acres of wild lands throughout the national park system remain legally unprotected, according to a detailed analysis released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). All told, long-stalled wilderness proposals would increase park wilderness by more than half, putting at least an additional 26 million acres – an area the size of Tennessee – under wilderness protection.
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Tuesday, February 05, 2013
No Climate Change Worries in Alaska
A special top-level government group to address the perils that climate change poses to Alaskan communities stopped meeting three years ago, according to documents posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Also abandoned was an “Immediate Action” plan from 2009 to better shield communities most at-risk from sea-level rise and other climate-related changes.
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