A recent study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology lends support to the Chesapeake Chapter’s work to close the C.P. Crane and Herbert A. Wagner coal-fired power plants near Baltimore. That study found that 130 out of every 100,000 Baltimore residents likely die prematurely each year of causes related to air pollution, more than any other city in the United States. The Chapter and its partners are ramping up its efforts to pressure the state to strengthen the emissions limits of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide from these plants. Fortunately, the state appears to be doing something about it.Learn more
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.Learn more »
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.Read more »
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.View pictures from the training »
Toxics and global warming create pervasive threats to health. PSR responds via chemical policy reform, climate policy advocacy, practitioner education, and “Code Black,” a campaign to reduce pollution and global warming.More on Environment and Health »
The nuclear weapons danger is real and growing: nuclear terrorism, proliferation, and thousands of weapons still on hair-trigger alert in the United States and Russia. Fortunately, there also are new opportunities to eliminate this threat.More on Nuclear Weapons »
Coal-fired power plants are the leading global warming culprit in the U.S., accounting for more than 30 percent of our nation's carbon dioxide emissions. They also are one of the nation's largest sources of air pollutants that damage cardiovascular and respiratory health and threaten healthy child development.More on Code Black: Coal’s Assault on America’s Health Campaign »
Physicians, health professionals, and environmental health experts share their ideas, inspiration, and analysis about toxic chemicals and environmental health policy.More on Environmental Health Policy Institute »
With each passing month, scientific evidence continues to mount that the earth’s climate is rapidly changing.More on Climate Change Is a Threat to Health »
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
A letter to the editor from Chesapeake PSR Director Tim Whitehouse on dangerous pollution from coal-fired power plants in Maryland.Source: The Gazette
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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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 »
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 »