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  • March 24, 2010
    Breakthrough Is Reported in U.S. Arms Pact With Russia

    President Obama and his Russian counterpart, President Dmitri A. Medvedev, have broken through a logjam in their arms control negotiations and expect to sign a new treaty in Prague next month that would slash American and Russian nuclear arsenals, officials from both nations said Wednesday.

    Source: The New York Times
  • March 17, 2010
    Coal's Toxic Sludge

    It's deadly, it’s America's second-biggest river of industrial waste, and it’s barely regulated. Read Jeff Goodell, noted author of Big Coal, on coal ash.

    Source: Rolling Stone
  • February 26, 2010
    Toxic towns: People of Mossville 'are like an experiment'

    For decades, Mossville residents have complained about health problems. Many in this predominantly African-American community in southwest Louisiana suspect the 14 chemical plants nearby have played a role in the cancer and other diseases they say have ravaged the area.

    Source: CNN
  • February 25, 2010
    Chemicals: Innocent or Guilty?

    CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains why a 1976 toxic chemical law may be putting Americans at risk.

    Source: CNN
  • February 3, 2010
    U.S., Russia Close In on Nuclear Treaty

    U.S. and Russian arms-control negotiators have reached an "agreement in principle" on the first nuclear-arms-reduction treaty in nearly two decades, administration and arms-control officials said Tuesday.

    Source: The Wall Street Journal
  • February 3, 2010
    House Ag Chairman Backs Bid to Block EPA Greenhouse Gas Regs

    A trio of House lawmakers yesterday introduced a bill to block U.S. EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases, marking the latest in a string of bipartisan attacks against forthcoming climate rules.

    Source: The New York Times
  • February 3, 2010
    Tauscher: Nuclear disarmament not the holy grail

    Speaking at the Global Zero non-proliferation summit in Paris today, Undersecretary of State Ellen Tauscher said that Washington and Moscow are in the "endgame" of negotiations to sign a successor strategic arms reduction treaty.

    Source: Politico
  • February 2, 2010
    Coal Ash Industry Manipulated EPA Data, Ghost-Wrote Agency Reports for a Decade

    The coal ash industry manipulated reports and publications about the dangers of coal combustion waste, reports Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The group stated that the Environmental Protection Agency allowed the multibillon-dollar coal ash industry to have virtually unfettered access to the EPA during the Bush administration and now under President Obama.

    Source: Alternet
  • January 27, 2010
    Bite Taken out of Chemical Secrecy

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Jan. 21 a new practice that will prevent chemical manufacturers from hiding the identities of chemicals that have been found to pose a significant risk to environmental or public health. The policy is a small step to increase the transparency of the nation's chemical laws.

    Source: OMB Watch
  • January 15, 2010
    F.D.A. Concerned About Substance in Food Packaging

    In a shift of position, the Food and Drug Administration is expressing concerns about possible health risks from bisphenol-A, or BPA, a widely used component of plastic bottles and food packaging that it declared safe in 2008.

    Source: The New York Times
  • January 12, 2010
    Push is on to improve U.S. chemical safety laws

    In November, researchers released a startling finding: In pregnant women, a study found that developing babies are being exposed to toxic chemicals from consumer products even before they take their first breaths. The finding is yet another confirmation that U.S. chemical safety laws are failing to safeguard health.

    Source: The Nation’s Health, American Public Health Association
  • January 7, 2010
    EPA seeks stricter limits on smog pollutants

    The Environmental Protection Agency proposed limiting the allowable amount of pollution-forming ozone in the air from 75 to between 60 and 70 parts per billion for any eight-hour period, significantly tightening rules the Bush administration had set for the nation's most widespread air pollutant.

    Source: The Washington Post
  • January 6, 2010
    Health and Safety Risks of Carbon Capture and Storage

    An article by PSR's Dr. John Fogarty and Dr. Michael McCally discussing the dangers of carbon capture and storage. Full article requires subscription.

    Source: Journal of the American Medical Association
  • January 5, 2010
    Capitol Hill loves carbon storage technology. But are lawmakers overlooking risks?

    A new article by PSR's Dr. John Fogarty and Dr. Michael McCally, published in JAMA, warns of the dangers of carbon capture and sequestration.

    Source: The Hill
  • January 4, 2010
    Use of potentially harmful chemicals kept secret under law

    Of the 84,000 chemicals in commercial use in the United States -- from flame retardants in furniture to household cleaners -- nearly 20 percent are secret, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, their names and physical properties guarded from consumers and virtually all public officials under a little-known federal provision.

    Source: The Washington Post
  • January 3, 2010
    Obama presses review of nuclear strategy

    Top US officials are now questioning why the United States still pursues a strategy based on the ability to annihilate its former foe. In a thorough review expected to be completed early this year, the size, structure, and even the very mission of America’s nuclear arsenal are being reconsidered as part of President Obama’s pledge to reduce the role of the world’s most deadly weapons.

    Source: The Boston Globe
  • December 9, 2009
    Abolishing nuclear arms: It can be done

    An op-ed by PSR's Dr. Ira Helfand on how we can acheive a nuclear weapons free world. Dr. Helfand is representing PSR at this year's Nobel Peace Prize ceremony honoring President Obama.

    Source: CNN
  • November 18, 2009
    Coal Pollution Damages Human Health at Every Stage of Coal Life Cycle, Reports Physicians for Social Responsibility

    Physicians for Social Responsibility today released a groundbreaking medical report, “Coal’s Assault on Human Health,” which takes a new look at the devastating impacts of coal on the human body. By examining the impact of coal pollution on the major organ systems of the human body, the report concludes that coal contributes to four of the top five causes of mortality in the U.S. and is responsible for increasing the incidence of major diseases already affecting large portions of the U.S. population.

  • July 2, 2009
    House Passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act is an Historic Milestone; Stronger Action is Essential

    PSR recognizes the historic significance of House passage on June 26, 2009, of the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES). For the first time, a branch of Congress has taken responsibility for acting to comprehensively reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • June 30, 2009
    It's in US interest to sign nuclear test ban treaty

    An op-ed coauthored by Dr. Barbara Warren of Arizona PSR.

    Source: Arizona Daily Star
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