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, January 07, 2009
Climate Scientists Freed from Agency Gag Order
Bush administration rules limiting what U.S. Department of Commerce employees can say to the media or in public do not apply to climate and weather scientists, according to an agency e-mail released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). As a result, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) specialists represented by the National Weather Service Employees Organization do not have to obtain agency pre-approval to speak or write, whether on or off-duty, concerning any scientific topic deemed “of official interest”.
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Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Ten Questions the Senate Should Ask Lisa Jackson
Scientists, engineers and inspectors who worked under Lisa Jackson in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection raise troubling questions about her tenure, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works is slated to consider the confirmation of Jackson, tabbed by President-elect Obama to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, next week, reportedly on January 14th.
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Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Drilling and Mining in Store for Two Iconic Southwest Parks
Drilling and mining may soon be affecting Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona and Aztec Ruins National Monument in New Mexico, according to an internal Interior Department document released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Only plummeting commodity prices caused by the current recession have delayed groundbreaking for new natural gas wells and potash mining in or adjacent to the parks. The Interior briefing for Assistant Secretary Lyle Laverty dated October 5, 2008 outlines pending plans for subsurface extraction on or adjacent to the two parks:
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Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Interior Department Needs New Brooms to Sweep it Clean
The Obama transition should reach out to reformers and whistleblowers to transform the scandal-wracked U.S. Department of Interior, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Under President Bush, corporate penetration into the top echelons at Interior resulted in a prison term for its number-two official, losses of billions in oil royalty dollars and scandals ranging from sex and drug parties to unprecedented political manipulation of science.
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Monday, December 29, 2008
Global Warming Progress Under Bush Illusory, Audit Finds
A major tool touted by the Bush administration to reduce greenhouse gases does not work as advertized, according to a new audit by the Inspector General of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The IG audit is just the latest report finding that voluntary, market-based programs relied upon by the current administration and several states have poor track records and do not produce reliable results, says Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).
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Monday, December 22, 2008
New Jersey Greenhouse Gas Plan Full of Holes
A new plan for reducing greenhouses gases unveiled last week by the State of New Jersey raises far more questions than it resolves, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Since the report was prepared under the supervision of the designated nominee for the next Administrator of the U.S.
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Thursday, December 18, 2008
Bush Plan for National Park Mountain Bike Expansion Unveiled
The Interior Department today formally proposed to jettison a two-decade-old regulation that protects parks in favor of opening more backcountry trails to mountain bicycles. As a result, thousands of miles of existing national trails could be opened to bike use, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).
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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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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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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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