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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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Pollution Enforcement Implodes Under Florida's Scott
Basic enforcement of anti-pollution laws in Florida has nose-dived during the first full year of Governor Rick Scott’s tenure, according to agency figures released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Dramatic declines in the number of cases brought and amounts of fines levied across virtually all districts and all forms of pollution appear to reflect directives that state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) staff should avoid pursuing enforcement if at all possible.
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Monday, June 18, 2012
Corporate Shadow Over Jersey's Tainted Groundwater Darkens
A newly released report recommends abandoning New Jersey’s current standards for protecting groundwater from chemical pollution. The report is from the state’s Science Advisory Board and was written by four scientists with corporate ties--including one from DuPont, which stands to directly benefit from loosening rules governing toxic waste sites and leaking underground tanks and pipelines, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).
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Thursday, June 14, 2012
Romney Not Likely to be a Conservation President
Under Governor Mitt Romney, land preservation efforts in Massachusetts took a nose dive, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). During Romney’s tenure, sprawl accelerated, less land was protected and the Commonwealth disinvested in preservation.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Thousands of Jersey Pollution Permits Unenforcable
Anti-pollution enforcement is plummeting in New Jersey because the Christie administration is erecting procedural roadblocks to imposing fines for exceeding discharge limits, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which is calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to step in. The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is employing a “harm but no foul” philosophy in which permit conditions cannot be used as the basis of fines unless they are specified in regulation, which is almost never the case.
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Monday, June 11, 2012
Hundreds of Vulnerable Communities not Tsunami Ready
Less than one in seven at-risk American communities is “adequately prepared for a tsunami,” according to federal estimates obtained by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Yet the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration is proposing to end its support for state and local tsunami readiness despite admitting that this move will significantly reduce the number of communities which will be ready to quickly evacuate and take other steps to minimize tsunami impacts.
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Thursday, June 07, 2012
Politics Molest Mexican Wolf Science
Despite pledging to shield environmental science from political manipulation, the Obama administration is injecting politics to alter key scientific findings on what is required to revive the struggling Mexican wolf in the Southwest, according to a scientific integrity complaint filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). As a result, one of the nation’s highest profile Endangered Species Act recovery efforts is severely compromised.
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Thursday, May 31, 2012
Federal Appeals Court Rules For OSHA Whistleblower
Finding overwhelming evidence of retaliation, a unanimous federal appeals court has ruled in favor of the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s top expert and foremost critic on workplace injury and illness records, according to the decision posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). This new ruling may lead not only to the full restoration of the whistleblower but also make it more difficult for agencies to harass internal critics to the breaking point and then use any resulting intemperance as a pretext for removing them.
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Wacky Plans From Florida's Top Environmental Officials
A strategic planning session encouraging Florida environmental officials to “demonstrate your commitment to the Governor’s [Rick Scott’s] vision” succeeded perhaps too well, according to meeting notes released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Managers from the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) proposed selling Florida lands to European governments, moving state offices inside parks to save rent and grinding state forests into fuel pellets.
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Thursday, May 24, 2012
Romney Hog-Tied Pollution Prosecution
As Massachusetts Governor, Mitt Romney routinely impeded prosecution of pollution and public health laws through policies designed to tie the hands of police, inspectors and enforcement attorneys, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Besides an openly pro-corporate tilt, disruptive reorganizations Romney ordered created chaos in ongoing cases. From his first days as Governor, Romney targeted environmental enforcement by –
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Two Rare Florida Panther Killed This Week; 11 So Far This Year
Florida panther mortality is off to another record start in 2012, with the tenth and eleventh cats perishing this week. Panther deaths so far this year are nearly double replacement from new litters and signal that shrinking habitat may be pushing the wide-ranging predators rapidly to extinction, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).
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