Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility
Protecting Employees Who Protect Our Environment
December 15, 2008
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As word of President-elect Obama's environmental team was being authoritatively leaked around town, one name jumped out at us - Lisa Jackson, until recently head of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, was tapped to head EPA.
Anguished DEP employees (and a few who had resigned in disgust) urged us to put the word out about
· Failure to tell parents or workers at the Kiddie Kollege day-care center for three months about mercury contamination in the former thermometer factory it was located in (kid you not);
· Efforts that set water quality standards so low that aquatic life in the state's rivers and lakes would be poisoned - and that was according to the Bush administration, which also had to intervene to rescue New Jersey's crippled Superfund program; and
In short, her former staff at DEP would be the last to nominate her for promotion. The stories from DEP workers are eerily reminiscent of what we have been hearing from dispirited EPA staff during the Bush years.
As one might imagine, our note of dissent on the
I have a feeling that in the coming years, more than ever, PEER will be called upon to tell inconvenient truths. Please support this (presently) lonely mission.
P.S. Look at our effort to clean house at the corrupt Interior Department with a new broom named Raśl Grijalva.
P.P.S. For those of you following the adventures of Heather Wylie, the kayaking Army Corps biologist, her saga has a happy ending which you can read about here.