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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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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Thursday, October 06, 2011
Power Play at Delaware Water Gap and Appalachian Trail
Top administration officials have pre-approved a humongous power transmission corridor across some of the most scenic portions of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) which strongly condemned the move. Yesterday, the Obama administration announced a plan to “fast track” the Roseland Susquehanna Overland Transmission Project, along with six others – a move that PEER charges is a move to bypass proper environmental review designed to protect one of th
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Polar Bear Study Probe Falls Flat
A controversial investigation into federal Arctic science is going dangerously off-track and threatens to derail, charges Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Today PEER released documents negating key premises of the latest facet of this long-running Department of Interior Office of Inspector General (IG) probe into polar bear research.
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Friday, September 09, 2011
Obama EPA Ignores Public Health Lessons of 9/11
As the 10th anniversary of the attacks nears and 9/11 First Responders experience increasingly severe health effects from their heroism, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) demands that the Obama administration resurrect the Ombudsman role at the Environmental Protection Agency. A review by the National Ombudsman in 2002 predicted these health effects among First Responders and others in Lower Manhattan after it investigated the EPA response to the attacks.
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Thursday, September 08, 2011
Preventing Another 9/11 First Responders Tragedy
On September 11, 2001, “First Responders” to the World Trade Center conflagration and nearby residents waded into dust so corrosive that it resulted in chemical burns to their respiratory system. These New York City police and firefighters were needlessly sacrificed due to woefully lax U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards which remain in effect but need correction, according to a rulemaking petition filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).
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Monday, August 29, 2011
Florida Eco-Enforcement Made Uneven Comeback in 2010
Enforcement of anti-pollution laws in Florida picked up in some significant ways during the final year of the Crist administration, according to a new analysis of agency records released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). This tentative progress is at risk of reversal by significant staff cutbacks and crippling loopholes pushed by the Scott administration. The PEER analysis of Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) statistics shows that during 2010:
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Friday, August 26, 2011
Suspension Of Arctic Scientist Suddenly Lifted
A top federal Arctic scientist is returning to work today after six weeks on administrative leave without any charges being leveled against him, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Meanwhile, the agency which suspended the scientist is itself under investigation for mishandling the matter.
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Monday, August 22, 2011
Manatee Safeguard Limits Undermine Effectiveness
A plan to expand protections in the largest wintering habitat for the endangered Florida manatee are welcome but wanting, according to formal comments filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Restrictions on the amount of human interaction with manatees, including popular “swim-with” diving operations, are at the heart of the controversy.
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011
States Strengthening Their Whistleblower Laws
Across the country, states are steadily expanding and improving their legal protections for state employees who blow the whistle on waste, fraud and abuse, according to a new analysis released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). In 2010, ten states measurably strengthened whistleblower protections while in 2011 another ten states have already done so.
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Fair Market Value Leases Could Fund Jersey Park System
Responding to protests from Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and others, the State of New Jersey has dramatically hiked the lease payment it is demanding for a proposed shale gas pipeline crossing state parklands. Despite this huge increase, the state is still not collecting fair market value on hundreds of leases, easements and concessions, thus forfeiting millions of dollars.
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