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, November 30, 2011
Grazing Punted from Federal Study of Land Changes in the West
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is carrying out an ambitious plan to map ecological trends throughout the Western U.S. but has directed scientists to exclude livestock grazing as a possible factor in changing landscapes, according to a scientific integrity complaint filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The complaint describes how one of the biggest scientific studies ever undertaken by BLM was fatally skewed from its inception by political pressure.
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Monday, November 21, 2011
Daytona Beach on a Sewage Spewing Spree
A welter of serious water pollution offenses by the City of Daytona Beach sewage treatment operation requires immediate federal intervention, according to an enforcement complaint filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to step in. The complaint targets a pattern of excess sewage dumped into an already impaired Halifax River, a popular snorkeling and boating venue within the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway.
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Thursday, November 17, 2011
Fracking Fluids - The Deeper, the Dirtier
A new federal study finds wastewater from natural gas hydrofracturing has higher levels of contaminants the deeper in the storage tank the samples are taken. These findings may be a key to preventing environmental damage from disposal of huge volumes of post-fracking water produced in the boom to exploit shale gas, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).
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Thursday, November 10, 2011
Things Don't Always Go Better with Coke
Just days before Grand Canyon National Park instituted a ban on sale of individual plastic water bottles, the ban was indefinitely suspended on orders from the Director of the National Park Service (NPS). After receiving reports that this abrupt about-face was tied to large donations from the Coca Cola Company, which sells bottled water, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) today filed a lawsuit to obtain records on this policy u-turn after NPS declined to surrender them.
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Monday, November 07, 2011
Grain Elevator Deaths Product of Lax OSHA Enforcement
Six deaths from a Kansas grain elevator explosion in late October could have been prevented by adherence to safety rules, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The Occupational Safety and Health Administration missed a golden opportunity to send that message when it plea bargained down a Colorado grain elevator death and child labor violations just weeks before. As a result of the Colorado-OSHA plea deal, the industry was not put on notice that executives would face prison time and heavy fines for willful violations of job safety rules.
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Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Lawsuit to Halt GE Crops in All Midwest Refuges
A lawsuit filed today in federal court seeks to end cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) crops on fifty-four national wildlife refuges across the Midwest. The suit is the latest in a series of successful lawsuits by public interest groups to stop planting of GE crops on wildlife refuges.
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Polar Bear Probe Careens in New Directions
A controversial investigation by the Interior Department Office of Inspector General (IG) into a 2006 peer-reviewed journal article on drowned polar bears has veered off into new directions which appear to solidify rather than impeach the article, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Among the revelations by the IG was that it has received oral reports of more drowned polar bears in open Arctic waters than had been officially reported.
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Monday, October 24, 2011
Lawsuit to Uncover Toxic History of New Jersey
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is wrongfully withholding hazardous ratings it has conducted at toxic sites throughout New Jersey, according to a federal lawsuit filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The ratings gauge the sites’ level of toxicity, human exposure and contamination pathways through air, soil and water.
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Monday, October 17, 2011
Dunes Debacle in Delaware: Project Scraping Refuge to Protect Private Beach Homes Fails in 4 Days
A newly completed project scraping sand from beaches on the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge to rebuild dunes shielding private beach homes has already imploded just days after completion, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). On October 6, 2011, bulldozers finished piling sand across 4,000-foot stretch of coastline. Today there are already four breaches, one nearly 200 feet long, as Delaware Bay has repeatedly punctured the new barrier.
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Monday, October 10, 2011
Exxon Valdez Oil Lingering in Environment, Feds Say
More than twenty years after the Exxon Valdez spill, a top federal scientist says the “unexpected discovery of lingering oil” raises environmental questions requiring additional study and restoration, according to court filings posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Yet, Exxon (renamed ExxonMobil) is now asking a federal court to free the company from any further financial responsibility for the horrendous 1989 spill.
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