"Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals say noise and air pollution from the trains can increase heart attacks and other serious diseases; a moment’s delay in emergency services due to a passing train can mean the difference between life and death for critical patients; and the possibility of derailments poses significant health risks for people near train tracks."
Two physicians in the Skagit Valley area, who signed our Position Statement on Crude Oil Transport & Storage, share their concerns.Read the full story here!
Nearly 300 doctors, nurses and other health professionals today called on Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Oregon Governor Kate Brown to deny permits for proposed new and expanded oil-by-rail facilities. The position statement based on peer-reviewed medical literature examines a broad range of public health and safety risks including air and water pollution, oil spills and clean-up, delayed emergency response, and storage tank fires and explosions. The statement to the Governors has been signed by over 300 health professionals.Read more »
Oil transport by rail and sea poses grave health risk in the form of tanker explosions, spills, water and air pollution, and contribution to climate change induced disaster and disease. WPSR’s Climate Change Task Force has developed a position statement, in partnership with our colleagues in Oregon, opposing the transport by rail, storage, and shipment by vessel of crude oil within our states. The position statement, which carefully outlines the major risks backed up by credible evidence from the medical literature, will be submitted to the Governors of WA and OR. If you are a health professional concerned about the dangers of handling oil in our region, please read the research and add your name today.
On March 19, 2015--the 12th anniversary of the onset of our country's ill-fated military intervention in Iraq--PSR is releasing the latest edition of Body Count for North American distribution. Authored by IPPNW-Germany, the report is a comprehensive account of the vast human toll of the "Wars on Terror" conducted in the name of the American people since September 11, 2001.Read more »
An op-ed by WPSR's Laura Skelton and Steve Gilbert.Source: The Bellingham Herald
The rapid growth of oil trains in the Pacific Northwest now brings a new threat: a proposal for an unprecedented new oil refinery on the Columbia River.
An updated study for Oregon and Washington PSR finds that a recent uranium contract is likely to cost Pacific Northwest ratepayers more than $250 million.
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Public comment from Laura Skelton, Executive Director of Washington PSR, on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan. Read more »
Slides by Dr. Ken Lans on climate change and carbon reduction. Read more »