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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Monday, October 01, 2012
Kafkaesque IG Polar Bear Report at Odds with Facts
A controversial investigation into polar bear research has ended but its main findings and recommendations have been rejected by the federal agency to which it was submitted, according to documents posted by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The investigation grew out of an attempt to stop releases of internal information that undermined plans by Royal Dutch Shell to begin oil and gas operations in Arctic waters.
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Thursday, September 20, 2012
Brits Decry 'Reckless Rush' to Drill in Arctic Waters
A cross-party committee of the British Parliament urges halting offshore oil and gas drilling in the Arctic until stronger safeguards are secured, according to documents posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). This consensus among British lawmakers that reliable spill prevention, response and recovery capacity does not yet exist in the frigid Arctic seas stands in stark contrast to the unrestrained pressure from their American counterparts to drill now, regardless of consequences.
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Monday, September 17, 2012
Interior Ignored Invasive Introduction into Arctic Waters
As the Department of Interior permits offshore oil exploration in the Alaskan Arctic, they may also be “permitting” the introduction of invasive species to Alaska. Invasive species impacts analyses were removed from federal environmental reviews for offshore exploratory permits, according to documents posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The prospect of invasive introductions continues to loom as a real danger with experts warning that “many gaps remain in the current strategy to prevent marine species transfers” into
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Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Scant Testing for Arctic Blowout Capping System
The key system for preventing a repeat of the massive Gulf of Mexico blowout in the sensitive waters of the Arctic underwent only partial and cursory testing with no independent analysis of the results, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), which obtained the federal testing data. As a result, federal overseers are again completely relying upon industry assurances of safety as Royal Dutch Shell prepares to begin drilling this week in the remote Chukchi Sea.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Cell Tower to Rise in Center of Yellowstone Park
The electronic tendrils of cellular signals will penetrate even deeper into the heart of Yellowstone National Park if yet another cell tower receives final approval this month. This new tower, the park’s fifth, has advanced without required public notice and in violation of law, National Park Service (NPS) policies and even Yellowstone’s own Wireless Plan, according to documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Romney Loathed Non-Partisan Civil Service
As Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney bridled at independent review of his decisions by the Commonwealth’s civil service. In reaction, Romney repeatedly politicized previously non-partisan state operations, imposed gag orders and pushed out dissenters, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), presaging a possibly similar take-no-prisoners management style should he be elected this November.
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Monday, July 09, 2012
The Christie Myth of Environmental Red Tape
To hear Governor Chris Christie tell it, long delays and uncertainty in issuing environmental permits are a major factor limiting economic growth in New Jersey. In fact, the overwhelming majority of DEP permits are approved and issued on time, but the public would not know it because the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) stopped issuing its annual report on permitting back in 2007, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).
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Tuesday, July 03, 2012
FDA Sued to Force Release of Livestock Drug Records
The Food and Drug Administration faces a new lawsuit challenging its assurances that it is finally taking seriously the overuse and misuse of antimicrobial drugs in livestock feed giving rise to drug-resistant “super diseases.” An estimated 70,000 Americans die each year from drug-resistant infections, ranging from salmonella to staph, spurred by 30 million pounds of these drugs pumped into feed troughs primarily to promote livestock growth.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Romney Toxic Record Nothing to Brag About
As a Rust Belt state, Massachusetts has a profound legacy from more than two centuries of industrial pollution. During the one-term Romney administration, the Commonwealth’s toxic control program either stalled or made major strides in reverse, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).
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Thursday, June 21, 2012
EPA in Regulatory Pretzel with a Business Partner
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has tried to give an enforcement break to a company with which the agency is in a business partnership, according to documents posted by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). EPA licensed clean diesel truck technology to Navistar but the technology fails to meet EPA’s own emission standards. Rather than banning noncompliant engines from the road, EPA allowed Navistar to pay a fine, even as the agency received royalties from the company.
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