PSR Tennessee Director Cliff Cockerham, PhD (pictured) spoke at the TVA hearing in Huntsville, AL on May 7, 2015 in support of the Clean Power Plan. PSR - TN and coalition partners have also been represented at TVA hearings in Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Bowling Green, KY. PSR - TN Board Member Dr. Mary Headrick spoke at the August 21, 2015 hearing in Knoxville.
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 »
"If you live in a community where there is uncovered dry coal ash deposit and the wind blows you may be inhaling cadmium," PSR's Barbara Gottleib said. "The threats from cadmium are pretty severe: kidney disease, lung diseases like emphysema."Source: KBIA
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On Sunday, December 10, the Nobel Committee awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).