Betreff: The Bush Administration Sets Tone For Next Four Years
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Datum: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 15:18:39 -0800


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November 18, 2004
In This Issue:
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 •  EPA Pays Families To Expose Their Infants To Pesticides
 •  FWS Fires Panther Whistleblower
 •  Interior "Cooks The Books" On Bison Range Deal
 •  Right Whale To Be Studied To Extinction
 •  Olympic Park Violating Wilderness Act
 •  Whistleblower Calls For Fix To Water Rights Evaluations
 •  Help Save Rattlesnake Hill


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The Friday after the election, Andy Eller, the 18-year FWS biologist who publicly challenged the agency’s reliance on flawed studies about the habitat and population of the endangered Florida panther, was fired. The action sent a chilling message to all federal employees: straighten up and fly right.

These next four years will be challenging as the Administration’s message tightens its hold on public employees who protect our environment. But they are not the only ones who face the potential backlash. Public employee or not, you too could face risks.

Funding from the American Chemistry Council, the EPA is paying Florida families who “spray or have pesticides sprayed inside your home routinely” to study their infant children. The Bush Administration will soon announce a repeal of the Clinton-era rules against testing pesticides on humans.

Though the study has been momentarily halted (see link below), your support as a public employee OR a private citizen is not necessary, it’s crucial. Remember, it’s always darkest before the dawn.


EPA Stalls Infant Pesticide Dosing Study www.peer.org/press/534.html



EPA Pays Families To Expose Their Infants To Pesticides
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is paying selected Florida families who “spray or have pesticides sprayed inside your home routinely” to study their infant children, according to agency documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). When agency scientists started questioning the ethics of the study, EPA removed the study protocol from its website and distributed a short “Desk Statement” that the scientists say is misleading.

EPA Pays Families To Expose Their Infants To Pesticides www.peer.org/press/530.html



FWS Fires Panther Whistleblower
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has decided to terminate the biologist who publicly challenged its reliance on flawed studies about the habitat and population of the endangered Florida panther, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The agency’s action comes ten weeks after a federal court found the agency guilty of scientific fraud on the same grounds raised by the now-former employee.

FWS Fires Panther Whistleblower www.peer.org/press/533.html



Interior "Cooks The Books" On Bison Range Deal
Top political appointees in the Department of Interior dramatically slashed U.S. Fish & Wildlife estimates of taxpayer costs for the controversial funding arrangement to turn half of the operations of the National Bison Range Wildlife Refuge in Montana to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT), according to documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). In addition, Interior officials have already set a signing date for the agreement in mid-November, approximately one week after the close of the public comment period.

Interior "Cooks The Books" On Bison Range Deal www.peer.org/press/529.html



Right Whale To Be Studied To Extinction
By failing to take action against acknowledged threats, the government’s latest “recovery plan” dooms the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale to extinction, according to public comments released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). With only 300 animals left in existence, the highly endangered right whale will continue to die from collisions with commercial shipping, entanglement in fishing gear and acoustical damage from new Navy sonar arrays.

Right Whale To Be Studied To Extinction www.peer.org/press/531.html



Olympic Park Violating Wilderness Act
Olympic National Park’s decision to airlift pre-fabricated buildings into designated wilderness is a violation of the Wilderness Act, according to a suit filed in U.S. District Court in Tacoma by Olympic Park Associates, Wilderness Watch and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

Olympic Park Violating Wilderness Act www.peer.org/press/532.html



Whistleblower Calls For Fix To Water Rights Evaluations
The state lacks adequate data to make valid assessments of water rights requests and water transfers, according to a whistleblower complaint released today by Washington Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and Center for Environmental Law and Policy (CELP). The two groups are challenging the quality and integrity of the State Auditor’s review of the whistleblower complaint that found no improper government activity has occurred

Whistleblower Calls For Fix To Water Rights Evaluations www.peer.org/press/528.html



Help Save Rattlesnake Hill
In 2002, the Massachusetts Governor signed into law a bill that earmarked $12 million for the purchase of Rattlesnake Hill. However, when Governor Romney came into office, his administration quickly nixed the purchase, and instead supported a plan that would oversee the construction of houses. The locals rallied, and in December of 2003 voted to foot half the bill for the now $15 million asking price. Your donation will go toward as much of the property as possible, as well as help save a species.

www.peer.org/saverattlesnakehill.html




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