public employees for environmental responsibility

Gag Order Imposed on U.S. EPA Staff

Gag Order Imposed on U.S. EPA Staff

WASHINGTON, DC, July 28, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is ordering its staff to “not respond to questions or make any statements” if contacted by congressional investigators, reporters or its own Office of Inspector General, according to documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, PEER. “The order reinforces a growing…

New Jersey Carbon Cap and Trade Plan Called 'Timid'

New Jersey Carbon Cap and Trade Plan Called 'Timid'

TRENTON, New Jersey, July 17, 2008 (ENS) – A newly proposed cap-and-trade program to reduce emissions of the heat-trapping greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, CO2, in New Jersey may do little to combat global warming, charges Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, PEER, a nonprofit association of government workers. The trading program proposed by the administration of…

Arizona Pygmy Owl Could Be Relisted as Endangered

Arizona Pygmy Owl Could Be Relisted as Endangered

WASHINGTON, DC, June 5, 2008 (ENS) – A petition by environmental groups seeking renewed protection for a miniature Southwestern owl has presented enough new information to persuade the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that the bird deserves to be considered for relisting as an endangered species. The agency announced Friday that it will now conduct…

10 Most Imperiled U.S. Wildlife Refuges All at Risk of Politics

10 Most Imperiled U.S. Wildlife Refuges All at Risk of Politics

WASHINGTON, DC, May 22, 2008 (ENS) – National Wildlife Refuges are supposed to shelter wild animals and plants but many refuges themselves are under siege, according to a new survey of refuge managers and staff by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, PEER, a service organization assisting federal and state workers in natural resource agencies. The…

New Jersey Seeks to Outsource Pollution Cleanups

New Jersey Seeks to Outsource Pollution Cleanups

TRENTON, New Jersey, April 15, 2008 (ENS) – Pre-empting legislative debate and the work of its own newly convened task force, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will privatize pollution control and deregulate toxic cleanups, according to statements by the agency’s top official. This decision will jeopardize public health protections and further enmesh the…

Forest Service Drops Plan to Pull Employees Out of Forests

Forest Service Drops Plan to Pull Employees Out of Forests

WASHINGTON, DC, February 28, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Forest Service has abandoned a restructuring of its environmental planning that would have pulled its biologists and other specialists out of national forests, according to an internal agency memo released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, PEER. Under the plan, thousands of employees posted to…

Senate to Vote on Allowing Park Visitors to Carry Loaded Guns

Senate to Vote on Allowing Park Visitors to Carry Loaded Guns

WASHINGTON, DC, February 12, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Senate is likely to consider the “National Forests, Parks, Public Land, and Reclamation Projects Authorization Act,” this week. When that happens, Senator Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican is expected to offer an amendment to allow state law, rather than federal law, to govern the carrying and…

New Jersey Stream Buffers Cut Back by Senior Environmental Official

New Jersey Stream Buffers Cut Back by Senior Environmental Official

TRENTON, New Jersey, February 10, 2008 (ENS) – The commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has revoked her own order issued little more than a year ago protecting stream buffers. These strips of grass, shrubs, and trees beside streams provide cooling shade and act to remove pollutants in urban stormwater, reduce erosion…

Scientists Ignored on Pitfalls of Arctic Oil Leasing

Scientists Ignored on Pitfalls of Arctic Oil Leasing

WASHINGTON, DC, February 5, 2008 (ENS) – The Interior Department is hastening to stop the flow of internal e-mails from its own scientists that undermine the legality of its offshore oil and gas lease sales in federal Arctic waters, according to correspondence released Monday by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, PEER. During the past three…

EPA Commits to Lead-Safe Standards for Repair of Older Buildings

EPA Commits to Lead-Safe Standards for Repair of Older Buildings

WASHINGTON, DC, January 31, 2008 (ENS) – Under threat of a lawsuit and political pressure, the Bush administration today filed in federal court a pledge to finalize rules requiring that repairs and renovations in pre-1978 housing and child-care facilities are done in a lead-safe manner. The legal settlement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and…

Manatee Protection Lawsuit Filed in Federal Court

Manatee Protection Lawsuit Filed in Federal Court

WASHINGTON, DC, January 23, 2008 (ENS) – Even as it seeks to downgrade protections for the endangered Florida manatee, the Bush administration is withholding records about how well key protections are being implemented, claims a lawsuit filed Tuesday by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, PEER, a national nonprofit association of government workers in natural resource…

Forest Service Plans to Relocate Jobs Out of Forests

Forest Service Plans to Relocate Jobs Out of Forests

WASHINGTON, DC, January 14, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Forest Service is poised to restructure the agency so that land management planning jobs are removed from individual forests, according to Service documents released today by a national association of government employees in natural resources agencies. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, PEER, says the resulting reorganization…

Whistleblower Seeks Restoration of Independent EPA Ombudsman

Whistleblower Seeks Restoration of Independent EPA Ombudsman

WASHINGTON, DC, January 8, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is resisting a legal bid to re-create its internal independent watchdog, according to filings posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, PEER, a national association of workers in natural resources agencies. At the time it was disbanded in 2002, the EPA’s National…