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, December 17, 2008
EPA Science Program Scrambled by Last Minute Moves
In the waning days of the Bush administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency science program is being "transformed" through a series of hasty but far-reaching moves, according to agency documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The net effect would downsize support for research and narrow work down to a few unidentified "issues of national/international significance" in order to enhance the "brand" of the agency's science arm.
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Newswire article
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
EPA Desecrating Native Artifacts on Superfund Sites
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is needlessly destroying irreplaceable artifacts at hundreds of toxic clean-up sites across the country, according to a complaint filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) with the EPA Office of Inspector General. The complaint details how EPA and its contractors routinely shrug off required site surveys before they begin to blast or excavate, destroying significant historic and prehistoric cultural resources in the process.
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Newswire article
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Army Corps Kayaker Case Settled
The case of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers biologist whose activism has helped shape national policy has drawn to a close. Heather Wylie had faced a proposed 30-day suspension for kayaking the Los Angeles River on her own time as part of a public protest demonstration against Corps policies weakening the Clean Water Act. Pursuant to a settlement negotiated with attorneys at Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) who represented Ms. Wylie, the Corps has authorized the release of the following statement:
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Newswire article
Monday, December 08, 2008
Green Groups Galvanize Behind Grijalva for Interior Secretary
A large, influential and growing coalition of conservation organizations is building behind naming Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) as the next Secretary of the Interior, according to a support letter from more than 100 groups sent to President-elect Obama and released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Rep. Grijalva now chairs the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands which has jurisdiction over Interior Department matters.
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Newswire article
Monday, December 08, 2008
Why Lisa Jackson Should Not Run EPA
The track record compiled by Lisa P. Jackson as Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection should disqualify her from serving as the next head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, says Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). In many instances, Jackson embraced policies at DEP echoing the very practices at the Bush EPA which Senator Barack Obama condemned during the presidential campaign.
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Newswire article
Monday, December 08, 2008
Lawsuit to Block Tribal Takeover of National Wildlife Refuge
A Bush administration deal giving operational control over the National Bison Range to a Montana tribe for the next three years is illegal, according to a federal lawsuit filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). This precedent-setting arrangement has national repercussions, as another 18 refuges in 8 states, constituting 80% of the entire National Wildlife Refuge System, are eligible for similar tribal agreements. So are 57 National Parks in 19 states, including parks such as Redwood, Glacier, Voyageurs, Olympic and the Cape Cod National Seashore.
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