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  • Toxics in Congress: No Green Light to Dangerous Chemicals
    Posted by Megan Cronin, Toxics Intern on April 14, 2014

    PSR condemned the proposed Chemicals in Commerce Act (CICA), saying “CICA fails to reduce exposures to hazardous chemicals in our air, water, and consumer products, and it does nothing to protect the health of vulnerable populations.” Read more »
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  • Chemical Security Advocacy
    Posted by Meg Cronin, PSR Toxics Intern on March 19, 2014

    In the wake of the Freedom Industry spill that poisoned the drinking water for thousands of West Virginians, and the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in TX, President Obama issued an executive order to improve chemical facility safety and security. He was right to do so. Read more »

  • PSR Says: Please Spend Our Taxes on Something Useful!
    Posted by Martin Fleck on March 19, 2014

    In December 2013 the Congressional Budget Office released a report titled Projected Costs of U.S. Nuclear Forces, 2014 to 2023. In it, the CBO predicted that to maintain and “modernize” US submarines, land-based missiles, bombers and nuclear warheads would cost $355 billion over the next decade. Read more »

  • PSR, Allies Require EPA to Finalize Coal Ash Rule
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on February 4, 2014

    Physicians for Social Responsibility and ten co-litigants successfully completed a consent agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, requiring the EPA to finalize the first-ever federal regulations for the disposal of coal ash by December 19, 2014. Read more »
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  • Feinstein blasts sanctions legislation
    Posted by Martin Fleck on January 17, 2014

    On Jan. 14, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) urged her fellow Senators to oppose new Iran sanctions legislation. Read more »

  • WV Chemical Spill Points to Needed Regulation
    Posted by Kathy Attar, MPH on January 16, 2014

    On January 10 in Charleston, WV, community members were told their water was contaminated with an industrial chemical used in coal processing. Read more »
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  • Standing with 50 Million Uninsured Americans
    Posted by Catherine Thomasson, MD on October 4, 2013

    Watching the government shutdown is like watching democracy close the doors on its own people. While Congress is at a standoff, the federal government is left unable to conduct crucial activities. Read more »

  • Keep the Shaheen-Portman Bill Clean!
    Posted by Catherine Thomasson, MD on July 30, 2013

    PSR been advocating for energy efficiency for years to reduce the chances for catastrophic climate change. Read more »
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  • Behind the Scenes at the Safe Chemicals Act Legislative Hearing
    Posted by Molly Rauch, MPH on November 24, 2011

    Last week I wrote about the legislative hearing in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee of the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011. At the hearing, Senator Lautenberg (D-NJ) said that he would be calling for a committee vote in the near future. Read more »
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  • Momentum Builds for Toxics Reform
    Posted by Molly Rauch, MPH on November 17, 2011

    We are really making progress on toxics policy. This week, the Senate Environment and Public Works committee held a legislative hearing on the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 (S. 847), introduced last spring by Senator Lautenberg (D-NJ). Read more »
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  • Speak Up! The BRC needs to hear from you!
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell on September 13, 2011

    Today the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future (BRC) will convene in Denver the first of its public meetings since releasing its draft report on US nuclear waste management. The BRC was created in the wake of the Obama Administration’s wise decision to shutter the Yucca Mountain project as a way to hopefully (finally?) figure out what to do with spent fuel in this country. In case you didn’t know, after 60 years of nuclear power, the U.S. still has no permanent storage for the over 65,000 tons of spent fuel sitting around at 70 sites all over the country. Read more »
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  • A true statesman, Senator Mark Hatfield (1922-2011)
    Posted by David Hart on August 12, 2011

    Sen. Hatfield was a true statesman - a public servant who worked across party lines to pursue peace. When I was in junior high school and first learning about international issues, he inspired me through his powerful words and by matching his actions with his rhetoric. Read more »
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  • An Effort to Bury the NRC Fukushima Task Force Recommendations
    Posted by Michele Boyd on July 26, 2011

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) task force on the Fukushima nuclear disaster has presented its recommendations for improving safety at US reactors to the NRC Commissioners. Read more »
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  • CEDA: An Inflated Title XVII
    Posted by Michele Boyd on July 15, 2011

    On July 14, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee once again passed legislation that sets up a Clean Energy Deployment Administration (CEDA) to provide loan guarantees as well as indirect subsidies to “clean” energy projects. Read more »

  • Oh, Appropriations Season...
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell on June 24, 2011

    It’s that time of year again when Congress attempts to move through the appropriations process. If you need a refresher, Schoolhouse Rock shows how the process is supposed to work... Here’s a look at where we’re at so far with nuclear subsidies. Read more »
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  • Why is chemical policy reform so hard to pass? The real priority of the chemical industry
    Posted by Molly Rauch, MPH on November 19, 2010

    Federal chemical policy reform is a health imperative. In this Congress, reform bills were introduced in the Senate and the House addressing some of the most overt failures of our federal chemicals management system. Those bills never made it out of committee. Why didn’t these health-protective bills ever come up for a vote? Did Congress just run out of legislative energy and momentum after the healthcare reform marathon, and the debacle of a failed climate and energy bill? Read more »
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  • The new face of TSCA
    Posted by Shilpa Gogna on August 16, 2010

    Following Senator Lautenberg’s introduction of the Safe Chemicals Act in April, House Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) and Henry Waxman (D-CA) introduced the Toxic Chemicals Safety Act 2010, H.R. 5820, a bill that updates the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Read more »

  • Earth Day, the White House, and on to action!
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on April 22, 2010

    PSR goes to the White House to celebrate Earth Day -- and to call for strong climate legislation. Read more »

  • Green chemistry: the prevention component of real TSCA reform
    Posted by Molly Rauch, MPH on April 13, 2010

    PSR is a proud partner in the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition, which is working to pass smart federal policies to protect us from toxic chemicals. The SCHF coalition has developed a campaign platform that explains the nine components of sound and comprehensive chemicals policy. One of them addresses green chemistry. Read more »

  • Coal ash: A toxic threat
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on March 15, 2010

    Last week I led a small PSR delegation to meet with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to discuss the health hazards of coal ash. Read more »
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