PSR and Concerned Health Professionals of New York proudly release the fifth edition of the Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking. The report compiles and summarizes the mounting evidence that fracking and related infrastructure harm health. A major article in Rolling Stone magazine, drawing in part on interviews with PSR experts, called the report "the most authoritative study of its kind." Read the Compendium here. Read the Rolling Stone article here.
On a recent tour hosted by PSR/NY, health care professionals and emergency planners had a first-hand look at the dangerous siting of the Spectra AIM gas pipeline only 105 feet from the aging Indian Point nuclear power plant. The threat of pipeline rupture to the integrity of the plant poses enormous health risks. PSR/NY is asking construction of the pipeline be halted immediately.See press release »
A recent radiation spike and a string of other incidents have led a coalition of groups including PSR New York to call for an immediate shutdown of the aging nuclear power plant for a much-needed safety investigation. PSR member Irwin Redlener, MD, who is also the director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Earth Institute at Columbia University, said, "It is fair to say that the plant represents a serious public health threat to as many as 20 million within a fifty mile radius."Read more ...
Regional chapters of Physicians for Social Responsibility across New York are coming together to form a new statewide PSR chapter, PSR-NY. We're now a stronger, unified voice for health and peace.Read more ...
Climate change is one of the biggest threats to human and planetary health. As part of a nation-wide program, PSR-NY is forming a New York Climate Health Action Team (CHAT) to build momentum and support for clean energy solutions in New York State, and connect concerned New Yorkers to national efforts to cut emissions.More on Climate Change »
Governor Cuomo’s decision to ban fracking in New York State is historic, and PSR NY will participate in an Albany rally at the State of the State address January 21 to thank him and celebrate (join us)! But the fight to end health and environmental impacts from fracking wastes and the natural gas industry in New York is far from over.More on Fracking »
PSR-NY members are working to support a New York City Council resolution to close the aging, troubled Indian Point reactors in Westchester County, and also oppose a ratepayer bailout for the Ginna reactor near Rochester. We’re also working to update the EPA’s protections for radiological exposure, and to plan events related to the upcoming Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference at the UN in New York City.More on Nuclear Issues »
PSR-NY advocates for the development of safe, renewable energy sources in New York. We’re helping develop a step-by-step road map for the state to transition from burning extracted and refined carbon and nuclear fuel to renewable energy sources.More on Renewable Energy »
PSR-NY is committed to reducing exposure to toxic chemicals in the environment, especially among vulnerable populations. PSR resources such as Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit can help.More on Toxics »
Gun violence and death and injury from firearms is a major public health problem, which disproportionately affect young people, lower-income Americans, and communities of color. PSR-NY is working locally and globally to prevent gun violence.More on Violence Prevention and Social Justice »
PSR's Dr. Alan Lockwood spoke on the importance of environmental cleanup of dangerous radioactive waste at the West Valley Demonstration Project in New York.Source: Salamanca Press
Op-ed by PSR's Dr. Lauren Zajac on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.Source: Albany Times Union
Letter to the editor from Dr. Barton Scheonfeld of PSR New York.Source: Register-Star
As PSR-NY brings health professionals together across the state to work for a healthier, more peaceful future, we’re also looking to you to invest in it.
New York’s decision to ban fracking is a huge victory, but there is more work to be done, for example to identify and prevent harm from fracking chemicals still spread on New York’s roads. Our colleagues at Concerned Health Professionals of NY prepared a useful compendium of scientific, medical and other findings on risks and harms of fracking. Read more »
Dr. Larysa Dyrszka discusses the chemicals they leak and why it's a problem that health professionals need to be concerned about. Read more »