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  • Air Pollution and Our Health
    Posted by April Avant on May 3, 2011

    Nearly half of Americans live an area which is heavily polluted, the American Lung Association stated in their annual State of the Air Report released last week. What does this mean? The roughly 157 million people living in these areas are placed at a high risk for asthma, respiratory disease and premature death. Most cities have shown improvement from last year’s report, but how much of an improvement is it if nearly half of us are living in air that is harming our health? Read more »

  • Giant Leaps Forward to Protect Communities from Toxic Power Plant Pollution
    Posted by Kristen Welker-Hood, ScD, MSN, RN and Tony Craddock, Jr., Environmental Health Intern on March 18, 2011

    The signing of the proposed Mercury & Air Toxic Standard is a long overdue victory for American public health. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson articulated that this is the initiation of an effort that will, “Save lives, prevent illnesses, and provide economic opportunities.” Read more »

  • AIR SCARE: What Are We Breathing?
    Posted by Marie Kim on January 19, 2011

    The air we breathe fills a fundamental requirement for our survival, and yet, we continually fail to preserve the quality of this most valuable resource. Read more »

  • EPA rejects petitions to overturn findings that greenhouse gases threaten human health
    Posted by Neethu Putta on July 30, 2010

    Climate change's future health consequences will be severe if we continue to turn a blind eye to it; we need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions now. Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson announced that the agency will deny 10 petitions calling for the agency to reconsider its determination that six greenhouse gases in the atmosphere threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations. Read more »

  • Regulating killer particulate matter
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on March 1, 2010

    Last Friday I again testified before the EPA on the health impacts of air quality. This time the subject was particulate matter. Once again, I was encouraging the EPA to follow through on a positive step it has proposed. Read more »

  • PSR calls on EPA to tighten proposed standards on smog
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on February 16, 2010

    PSR testified before the EPA on ground-level ozone, or smog, supporting new rules for more stringent ozone standards -- and urging the EPA to get more stringent yet. Read more »
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  • EPA proposes stringent new limits on sulfur dioxide, smog
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on January 14, 2010

    The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed rules to strengthen the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for two primary pollutants under the Clean Air Act: sulfur dioxide and ozone pollution (smog). Read more »
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  • Collaboration to Stop Coal
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on June 18, 2009

    I had the pleasure recently of attending the Sierra Club’s Midwest "New Energy Future" conference, where I shared information from PSR on the health impacts of global warming. This included our new fact sheets, which I hope you have seen. Read more »
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  • PSR Testifies on Global Warming Before EPA
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on May 21, 2009

    Testifying before the Environmental Protection Agency, PSR executive director Dr. Peter Wilk called global warming one of the “gravest threats to health and survival” facing the world. Read more »

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