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That same year, a report released by the Florida chapter of the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility stated that in 2014 there was an 85% drop in environmental regulation cases opened by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection compared to 2010 numbers. In 2017, Scott ...
The U.S. Government Accountability Office is reviewing a complaint filed in February by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility alleging that the acting Interior appointments violate the Federal Vacancies Reform Act. The complicated law outlines how long temporary, or acting, officials can ...

Chesnutt's letter was made public last week by Washington, D.C.-based Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility after that organization obtained it in a Freedom of Information Act request. Derek Robinson, the Navy's coordinator of the cleanup, said the Navy's next step is to develop a new plan ...
by Kirsten Stade, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. Washington, D.C. – Troubles afflicting the nearly 30-year radiation cleanup of San Francisco's Hunters Point Shipyard are far worse than previously reported. Between 90 and 97 percent of the U.S. Navy soil samples re-examined by the ...
A December 2017 letter sent by the EPA to the Navy – and obtained by a Washington D.C. advocacy group called Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) – explains that on about 40 percent of the shipyard, the EPA found between 90 percent and 97 percent of Tetra Tech's radiation data ...
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, an environmental advocacy group for government workers, published a startling memo showing that Pruitt made himself the final authority on decisions surrounding the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act, the central federal law governing water pollution.

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility provided CNN with a copy of the memo dated March 30, 2018. In the memo calling for "regulatory certainty," Pruitt directed EPA regional offices to "cede their Clean Water Act determinations" to him, said Kyla Bennett, the New England director of Public ...
A challenge to Trump's pick of Wilkie could also be an attractive opportunity for groups that oppose the Trump administration's policies. An environmental watchdog group, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, is taking that approach with a handful of Interior Department nominees who it says ...
SANFORD, Fla. - Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission rescued an injured manatee from Lake Monroe near a Sanford marina Monday morning. The manatee had been hit by a boat before noon, officials said.
But the nonprofit group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility has reached a very different conclusion—EPA's civil, criminal, and administrative enforcement actions against “pollution law violators are all on a sharp downward trajectory,” the group said. The agency's own annual review, whose ...
The Washington Post obtained the letter from the advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which also received it. Since taking office, Zinke has pledged to curb a culture of misconduct inside within the Park Service, which oversees 417 locations covering more than 84 million ...
The group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or PEER, says it obtained a document through the Freedom of Information Act showing Grand Teton has at least tentative plans for 55 miles of fiber-optic cable and new cellphone towers at 11 specific locations. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley,File) ...
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or PEER, is alleging a violation of the Freedom of Information Act relating to a June request for a trove of documents and correspondence with wireless companies. Executive Director Jeff Ruch said he begrudgingly tolerated the delayed fulfillment of the ...
Government watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) provided photos of the cards, shown below, to VICE News. The Washington Post and EE News independently confirmed their distribution. “These vision cards were created and sent out several months ago by the ...
There's a troubling trend when it comes to manatees and one group fears this year could be the worst ever. At Lake Park Marina, Jim Abernethy it noticing the trend. "Very difficult for manatees to survive," said Abernethy. According to the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, 166 manatees ...
In a rare Sunday overtime session, the Florida Legislature passed a budget of nearly $89 billion for next year to end a session that was overshadowed by the mass shootings in Parkland. It was the first scheduled legislative session on a Sunday in decades. More from the Times/Herald, the Tallahassee ...
The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility Executive Director Jeff Ruch says Florida manatees are one big freeze away from an ecological disaster. Red tide and boating deaths are another concern as manatees seeking warm waters often get stuck in residential canals. Florida's annual ...

FORT MYERS, Fla., -- Manatee deaths could see a new record high this year, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). PEER says there have been 154 manatee deaths in seven weeks. “Usually there's so many of them, it's just whole different atmosphere," said P.J. Davis, ...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida is on pace for another cold, harsh record year for manatee deaths, according to an environmental watchdog group. Already, 166 manatees have died statewide, state statistics through March 2 show. Cold spells in January and February claimed 51 manatees statewide this ...
These regulations mean that federal employees are held to a different standard than the president himself, noted in a press release by Jeff Ruch, the Executive Director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). “Federal employees who get into Twitter spats with Donald Trump face ...
More than 150 manatees died in just the first seven weeks of 2018, putting Florida on pace to set an annual record for manatee deaths, according to the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a nonprofit government watchdog group. “Florida's manatees are one big freeze away from ...
OIG launched its investigation in March 2016 after a whistleblower complaint was publicized widely by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and subsequent litigation against USDA, Rone said in her memo. The complaint, by ARS entomologist Jonathan Lundgren, then based in ...
“The fact that we have a president who is sort of the Twitterer-in-Chief in a position to basically shutdown social media competition is another one of the ironies here,” said Jeff Ruch, who works for the advocacy group, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. Ruch says a federal law, the Hatch ...
Last month, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility asked Interior's inspector general to probe the agency's use of temporary or acting directors and whether it had violated the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, possibly making decisions invalid (Greenwire, Feb. 12). Interior's inspector general ...
Washington, DC March 6, 2018 – Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke repeatedly vows to move decision-making from inside the Beltway to the field level, but his numerous actions belie that intent, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Instead of becoming more decentralized ...
“Federal employees who get into Twitter spats with Donald Trump face career risks that the Tweeter-in-Chief does not,” Jeff Ruch, the executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, said in a press release. “Federal workers posting or sharing material about Trump even on their ...
Private ranchers get a discount of up to 80% from the market price for grazing rights, says a report from the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. The deal amounts to a subsidy for the livestock industry, according to the report.
A pair of environmental groups representing public employees sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday, claiming officials failed to adequately take and maintain public records in violation of federal law. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and Citizens for ...
But, according to the advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which obtained photos of the cards and shared them with the Washington Post, supervisors in at least two B.L.M. field offices have been verbally “advising that employees must clip them to their lanyards.” Some ...
This week, the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility published a letter to the Navy. In it, the EPA says they found 90 and 97 percent of the soil samples on two major land parcels suspect compared to the Navy, which only recommended resampling 15 and 49 percent of those samples.
Neither will Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a Silver Spring, Maryland-based group that has filed numerous lawsuits in the past year to obtain information from the EPA, Department of the Interior, and other federal science-based agencies. Ruch has been ...
Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, said that parks risk giving donors undue influence over management decisions by relying on their money and that it's wrong to force a public agency to ask for "spare change." He said the Interior Department, which ...
Signed under the radar, Zinke's Jan. 12 order gave the acting directors for such bureaus as the Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service “temporary re-delegation of authority,” according to the order obtained by watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).
“The Florida panther is suffering slow-motion extinction,” said Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, in a recent public statement. What comes next? In all likelihood the news about Florida panthers will continue to be dire. “There are currently no coherent efforts ...
But when the advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the documents used to develop the task force's plan, the EPA balked. PEER filed suit against the EPA for access, and was eventually told that there were no documents to share; ...
But at the direction of lawmakers and Florida Gov. Rick Scott, that's no longer the case. Instead, the DEP has been targeting lower-priority sites, according to documents obtained by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and shared with the Tampa Bay Times. Sites are scored by DEP officials, ...
A group called Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility sued the agency regarding how it was conducting the 2014 environmental assessment. U.S. District Judge John Bates in Washington, D.C., never ruled on whether the depredation orders adversely affected the cormorant's population.
That's not to say the department is totally leaderless, says Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. Employees “are getting direction. But they're not getting direction from people that have any on-the-ground experience in the agency,” he says. And without directors ...
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, an advocacy group, filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the documents the task force used to create the plan. In December, an EPA lawyer told the group that the task force generated no records or documents during its meetings other than the ...
After the new Superfund procedures were adopted, the advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or PEER, asked through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to see the work that led to the changes. After a deadline passed with no records to review, the environmentalists ...
Public Employees For Environmental Responsibility (PEER): A group of U.S. Forest Service professionals started this remarkable group, which has since spread to civil servants in other federal agencies such as the EPA and the Department of the Interior. PEER's staff is knowledgeable, organized and ...
While several hundred of those are buyouts, the rest of those are either people that are retiring or quitting in disgust," Kyla Bennett, director of New England Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, told ThinkProgress earlier this month. “Is that number higher than it would normally be? I think it is.
The task force in June issued a nearly three dozen-page report containing 42 detailed recommendations, all of which Pruitt immediately adopted. The advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, known as PEER, quickly filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking a long list ...
As a result, America's ability to respond quickly to or prevent a major oil spill may significantly be compromised, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The 9-cent per barrel excise tax on all oil at U.S. refineries is set to expire on December 31st. The U.S. Coast Guard, ...
A U.S. District Court upheld a lawsuit filed by the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) organization on behalf of federal ...
The group is called P.E.E.R. – Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. I asked spokesman Jeff Ruch, “What was their response?
... executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which represents public-sector workers in workplace disputes, said ...
An impending suit by Washington-based Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) contends that the 2016 removal of the ...
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) said in its Oct. 30 letter to Mary Kendall, deputy inspector general for the U.S. ...
... for more in the works, according to internal park documents posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).


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