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, 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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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Vapor Intrusion Standards Relaxed in New Jersey
Without public notice, the Christie administration has rolled back public health protections against seepage of deadly gases into homes, schools and businesses, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Effective immediately, new state “Guidance” relaxes cleanup levels for dozens of hazardous chemicals.
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Thursday, January 10, 2013
Alaska Dropped Ball On Runaway Shell Vessel
The State of Alaska’s oil spill prevention requirements did not cover the towing capacity for the ship that lost the Royal Dutch Shell PLC drilling vessel that recently ran aground, according to documents posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Instead, the state only looks at the ability of the towing ship to be towed itself.
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Monday, January 07, 2013
Court Orders Tighter Off-Road Plan for Stanislaus Forest
In a victory for wildlife habitat in the Sierra Nevada, a federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Forest Service failed in its management of forest trails created by off-road vehicles in the Stanislaus National Forest. The court decision released on Friday stated that the Travel Management Plan (TMP) violated federal law because it did not minimize damage to the environment caused by off-road vehicles. U.S. District Court Judge Kimberly Mueller ordered a hearing on February 15th to consider remedies for the illegal TMP.
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Thursday, January 03, 2013
NOAA Declines to Probe Vast Underestimate of BP Spill
The federal agency responsible for misrepresenting estimates for the 2010 BP Gulf oil spill will not investigate the errors, even though numbers presented to the public and decision-makers were less than half the true flow rate, according to documents posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) documenting the official response to its scientific integrity complaint on the subject. The President’s National Commission found that the inaccurate low-ball numbers hampered numerous attempts to cap the run-away well and slowed clean-up efforts.
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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Arctic Offshore Drilling Safety Assurance Sought
The federal agency overseeing offshore oil and gas operations slated for this spring in Arctic waters lacks basic assurances that disastrous spills and other accidents will be prevented or effectively contained, according to a lawsuit filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). At issue are the safeguards required to protect against such known hazards as sea ice, subsurface ice scour and blowouts, as well as specifications for well design and well integrity control.
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