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  • Break the Silence on Fracking Non-disclosure Agreements

    It's hard to document that hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas ("fracking") harms health. That's partly because industry uses non-disclosure agreements, providing cash payments to victims harmed by fracking in exchange for a promise to remain silent. PSR-Chesapeake is petitioning industry to disclose important information about non-disclosure agreements -- and to allow those who have been silenced to speak publicly.

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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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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.

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  • Tell President Obama: Get Toxic Coal Ash Under Control

    Coal ash is toxic. Tell President Obama that protection from coal ash contamination has to be robust, mandatory and nationwide.

  • 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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