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PSR Board President Jeff Patterson, DO, carried a strong health message to the White House today about the need for action on climate change to protect the health of all Americans. Attending the President’s Earth Day reception, Dr. Patterson stated that “The health of Americans requires that we reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the safest, most immediate way possible.”
Physicians for Social Responsibility supports the “Safe Chemicals Act of 2010,” introduced last week by Senator Lautenberg and Congressmen Waxman and Rush. The long-awaited, landmark legislation would overhaul the way the federal government protects the public from toxic chemicals.
States have an historic opportunity to bring the era of nuclear weapons to an end once and for all, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said today. Addressing diplomats in Geneva, the ICRC's president, Jakob Kellenberger, appealed to States to ensure that nuclear weapons are never used again.Source: International Committee of the Red Cross
House and Senate Democrats yesterday unveiled landmark chemical policy reforms they are pushing to get passed this year, but that is no sure thing thanks to a dwindling legislative calendar and some key sticking points.Source: The New York Times
The fight to stop coal brings together the health impacts with the environmental damage to create a serious environmental justice issue. See a profile of that movement in this new article from The Nation.Source: The Nation
U.S. EPA would be given broad new authorities to target chemicals of concern and to regulate new and existing chemicals under legislation introduced today by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.).Source: The New York Times
The New York Times interview with President Obama on the Nuclear Posture Review and how it will re-focus the United States' security policy on reducing nuclear weapons' role in the world.Source: New York Times
Chemicals in plastics and other products seem harmless, but mounting evidence links them to health problems -- and Washington lacks the power to protect us.Source: Time
The Economist reports on President Obama's nuclear agenda noting that cutting arms is not enough, we need tougher non proliferation rules.Source: The Economist
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
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
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
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains why a 1976 toxic chemical law may be putting Americans at risk.Source: CNN
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
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
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
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
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
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
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