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."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 »
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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 »
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Health and environmental groups, lead by Chesapeake PSR, have launched a petition calling on Governor O'Malley to support a six point proposal on chemical disclosure in the event that Maryland authorizes the extraction of natural gas through a process of known as hydraulic fracturing. Amoung the proposal's provisions are: chemical formulas and other agents injected into the environment must not be subject to disclosure restrictions under trade secret regulations; and, drilling companies must provide comprehensive data to the state on the health effects of the chemicals used.
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
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 »