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  • Strengthening Emission Limits on Coal Plants

    Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) will soon publish final draft regulations that are expected to strengthen emissions limits on sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide from coal-fired power plants in Maryland. Chesapeake PSR is particularly concerned about the C.P. Crane and H.A. Wagner plants operating in the Baltimore area without state-of-the-art pollution controls. From a medical and health perspective, this is unacceptable. Industry pressure may lead MDE to weaken the current draft regulations, which would require all plants to use "reasonable available control technologies."

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  • Fracking Heats Up in Maryland

    Chesapeake PSR is examining the implications for human health resulting from the extraction of natural gas through hydraulic facturing, or fracking. Our work has focused on building coalitions to ensure that Maryland Department of the Environment properly addresses the health issues associated with hydraulic fracturing in its proposed best management practices. The state expects that these best management practices will be the basis for regulations allowing fracking to occur in Maryland.

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  • NRC Denies License for Calvert Cliffs Reactor

    The NRC has derailed plans for the construction of a new reactor in Maryland citing a provision that prohibits foreign-ownership of U.S. nuclear reactors. PSR members in the Baltimore-based Chesapeake chapter worked to prevent this reactor from being built, citing safety concerns over highly radioactive waste, uranium mining and potential accidents. 

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  • Climate Change, Health and You Training

    Chesapeake PSR recently hosted a Climate Change, Health and You training. Dr. Cindy Parker identified the sources of greenhouse gases, discussed the implications for human health, and showed how health professionals and health advocates can help change policies to slow and stop climate change.

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  • Companies must disclose the public health impact of fracking
    October 14, 2014

    Chesapeake PSR executive director Tim Whitehouse wrote this letter to the editor on how to protect the public from the health impacts of fracking.

    Source: Baltimore Sun
  • PSR-initiated fracking bill lauded: "Fracking chemicals should be disclosed"
    April 17, 2014

    PSR-Chesapeake helped launch legislation in Maryland to allow health professionals to learn what chemicals are used in hydraulic fracturing. A Maryland newspaper penned a highly supportive editorial.

    Source: Frederick News-Post
  • Chapter Submits Comments on Health Study
    January 24, 2014

    Chesapeake PSR has recommended that the authors of a state-commissioned report on the health impacts of natural gas production in the Marcellus Shale develop a new statement of purpose; that the report contain a separate section or appendix with information on the chemicals used in the HVHF process; and that report contain a separate section on the limitations of the report.

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In the Spotlight

On Friday September 12, 2014, MdEHN, Chesapeake PSR, and ANHE co-hosted a symposium of experts to assess the findings of the study, Potential Public Health Impacts of Natural Gas Development and Production in the Marcellus Shale in Western Maryland.  There was general consensus that science is emerging that suggests health issues associated with various aspects of gas and oil well development need to be better understood, and that as a consequence, Maryland should not proceed with hydrofracturing at this time.

Action Alerts

  • Take action on Nuclear Abolition Day

    Celebrate Nuclear Abolition Day by contacting Secretary of State John Kerry.

  • Reduce Carbon Pollution -- Support a Strong EPA Rule

    Guided by the values and expertise of medicine and public health, Physicians for Social Responsibility works to protect humanity from the gravest threats to health and survival. Right now, you can make a difference by registering your comments on the EPA's new Clean Power rule to limit carbon from existing coal-burning power plants. Just click the button to get started.

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  • Video: Health Impacts of Coal

    For this webinar, PSR's Dr. Alan Lockwood presented an overview of the life cycle of coal and the impact on air, water, climate change, and our economy. Read more »

  • Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit

    The Toolkit is a combination of easy-to-use reference guides for health providers and user-friendly health education materials on preventing exposures to toxic chemicals and other substances that affect infant and child health. Read more »


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