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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Thursday, January 19, 2012
Price no Object for Federal Refuge Land Purchases
The principal system for selecting lands to add to federal refuges does not factor realty costs into its equation, according to agency documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). As a result, the Fish & Wildlife Service is not getting the biggest bang for its shrinking land acquisition buck.
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012
EPA Corrects Cleanup Standard for Industrial Solvent
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today admitted that it had published the incorrect cleanup standard for a toxic chemical, after being alerted to the error by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Although EPA is notifying state agencies today about the mix-up which dramatically relaxed the cleanup standard for 1,4-dioxane, it will not publish a corrected number until March.
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Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Court Lets Park Service Drop Desert Tortoise Protections
A federal court has ruled that the National Park Service (NPS) does not have to protect non-game animals for the sake of the threatened desert tortoise in the Mojave National Preserve, California. The decision means the NPS need not limit sport hunting for so-called “varmints,” according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) which brought the suit.
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Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Time to Appoint an Effective Inspector General at Interior
The reputation of Earl Devaney as a tough Inspector General at the Department of Interior is not supported by a close look at his record, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). With his retirement this month, President Obama has the opportunity to pick a brisk new broom for sweeping out a deeply corrupted and dysfunctional agency.
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Friday, December 02, 2011
Documents Link Coke to Grand Canyon Plastic Bottle Reversal
A major bottler used corporate gifts and ties to national park fundraisers to influence the National Park Service (NPS) Director, according to documents obtained by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The gift prompted the Director to issue an order stopping Grand Canyon National Park from going forward with a long-planned ban on sale of individual plastic water bottles just days before it went into effect. This June NPS Director Jon Jarvis went further, directing, without public announcement, that no park may eliminate plastic water bottle sales in order t
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Thursday, December 01, 2011
Fisheries Observers Told to Turn Blind Eye to Violations
Independent monitors of U.S. fishing fleets are discouraged from reporting violations by the very federal agency which commissions them, according to a formal complaint filed today by the Association for Professional Observers (APO) and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Observers who complain are assigned to unsafe vessels as “punishment trips” or simply let go without cause or appeal.
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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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