March 26, 2015
Health of millions at stake in emissions curb ruling, environmentalists warn
"A fifth of women of child-bearing years have mercury levels in their bodies that we know are not healthy and can cause problems with developing fetuses," said Dr Catherine Thomasson, the executive director of the national lobbying group Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Source: The Guardian
September 1, 2014
Physicians’ Social Responsibility
An op-ed by PSR Executive Director Catherine Thomasson, MD, on the need for advocacy from doctors.
Source: American Medical Association Journal of Ethics
July 28, 2014
Why I support the EPA’s Clean Power Plan
An op-ed from Florida PSR President and PSR National President-Elect Dr. Lynn Ringenberg, who is testifying before the EPA on the public health impacts of carbon pollution.
Source: Tampa Tribune
May 13, 2014
EPA rules can help protect children
An op-ed from PSR's Dr. Lynn Ringenberg on new emissions standards for coal-fired power plants.
Source: The Tallahassee Democrat
January 21, 2014
Chapter Supports State Efforts on NOx Pollution
Chesapeake PSR supports preliminary draft regulations in Maryland on nitrogen oxide emission limitations from coal-fired power plants that require that these plants operate state-of-the art controls commensurate with historically demonstrated efficiencies.
November 1, 2013
Real reform must be health protective
PSR, along with hundreds of other parents, environmentalists and health professionals, gathered at the U.S. Capitol on October 29th for a “stroller brigade” rally for safer chemicals.
August 25, 2013
Air board will start monitoring pollution next to SoCal freeways
This LA Times article quotes Angela Johnson Meszaros of PSR-Los Angeles, which is among the groups that sued the EPA last year to force it to require fine-particle pollution monitoring near Southern California freeways.
Source: Los Angeles Times
September 19, 2012
Popular Children’s Lunch Contains Hidden Danger, Groups Warn
Some children may be at greater risk from mercury in tuna than previously thought, finds a new study by the Mercury Policy Project.
September 12, 2012
Former PSR Board Member to Receive Prestigious Heinz Award
Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation today announced Dr. Richard Joseph Jackson, a pediatrician and public health physician, as a recipient of one of five prestigious Heinz Awards.
August 31, 2011
Toxin-Free Infants and Toddlers Act Passes CA Senate
Executive Director of PSR-LA, Martha Dina Arguello, described the vote as "part of reasserting California's leadership on environmental health protections."
Source: Ms. Magazine
May 12, 2011
Reproductive health and the industrialized food system
SF PSR co-executive director Lucia Sayre has co-authored an article in Health Affairs, the leading journal of health policy, on chemicals in the food system. In it she provides an overview of how our industrialized food system contributes to adverse reproductive and developmental health impacts.
Source: Health Affairs
April 29, 2011
PSR Statement on the Increase of Allowable Dose of Ionizing Radiation to Children in Fukushima Prefecture
It is the consensus of the medical and scientific community, summarized in the US National Academies’ National Research Council report Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation VII, that there is no safe level of radiation.
January 27, 2011
Ban Toxic BPA: Environmental Health Groups Support New Bills in Congress
Environmental health advocacy groups concerned with toxic chemicals in food and beverages applaud Senator Diane Feinstein and Representative Edward Markey, who both introduced bills this week to limit hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol A in baby bottles, sippy cups and food and beverage containers.
March 1, 2010
W.K. Kellogg Foundation Awards $380,000 to Physicians for Social Responsibility
PSR has been awarded a one year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to launch the Safe and Healthy Children Initiative; a pilot project which will address pediatric environmental health in migrant and seasonal farmworker children.
November 18, 2009
Coal Pollution Damages Human Health at Every Stage of Coal Life Cycle, Reports Physicians for Social Responsibility
Physicians for Social Responsibility today released a groundbreaking medical report, “Coal’s Assault on Human Health,” which takes a new look at the devastating impacts of coal on the human body. By examining the impact of coal pollution on the major organ systems of the human body, the report concludes that coal contributes to four of the top five causes of mortality in the U.S. and is responsible for increasing the incidence of major diseases already affecting large portions of the U.S. population.
October 20, 2008
Human Testing Exposing Children to Chemicals
Survey among science and health advocates reveals toxic chemical exposure crisis in America
October 16, 2008
New EPA Lead Standard Fails to Protect Public Health
PSR condemns the inadequate effort by the EPA to establish new lead levels that are adequately protective of the public health.
May 1, 2008
EPA Proposed Rule on Lead in Air Emissions Ignores Science and the Need to Protect Young Children
While acknowledging the need to restrict the levels of lead allowed in air emissions, the EPA today failed, again, to utilize the best available science by proposing a rule that would allow children to be exposed to harmful levels of lead.
February 13, 2008
PSR Decries Use of Children to Promote Coal
Recent advertisements and web campaigns are using children as the spokespeople to promote coal as an affordable, clean energy resource for the U.S. There is no doubt that coal does and will provide a significant amount of the electric power in this country, but to utilize children as promotional tools for a dirty energy source -- that is reprehensible.