August 15, 2016
Portland Takes Step Towards Implementing Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Ban
The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability released a new draft of proposed changes to the City’s code that are meant to implement Portland’s landmark fossil fuel policy, passed nine months ago.
May 11, 2016
An Historic Victory! Cherry Point Terminal Denied
The Army Corps of Engineers says no to coal & yes to tribal treaties
April 20, 2016
Huge Victories for a Healthier World: Spring 2016 Edition of The Folded Crane
Read about some of the tremendous victories our programs are having in the Spring 2016 edition of The Folded Crane.
April 4, 2016
From Montana to the Coast, Coal Dust Threatens Human Health
A new study shows Bellingham and Longview terminals would harm communities along rail route.
Source: Sightline Institute
March 2, 2016
Breaking News: Oregon Senate Passes Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Bill
Thanks so much to all Oregon PSR members who called and emailed your elected representatives in support of this important legislation!
November 23, 2015
Study Finds Coal Trains Emit Nearly Twice the Pollution as Freight Trains
View the press release on the University of Washington's study.
August 5, 2015
Health groups praise Obama plan on coal, saying it will save lives
Neurologist Alan Lockwood, a senior scientist with the advocacy group Physicians for Social Responsibility, estimated that coal-fired power plants are linked to 50,000 deaths a year in the USA, and that coal contributes to four of the five leading causes of death -- heart disease, cancer, stroke and chronic respiratory disease.
Source: USA Today
July 1, 2015
EPA must hold polluters accountable
Op-ed by PSR Executive Director Dr. Catherine Thomasson and PSR member Dr. Michael Harbut.
Source: The Detroit News
June 18, 2015
New Report Details Toxic Water Pollution from Power Plants
As the EPA weighs the nation’s first limits on toxic water pollution from power plants -- due in September -- a new report details the damage caused by the wastewater and the need for strong regulations to protect public health.
Source: Environmental Protection
May 27, 2015
A powerful article about a prison built next to a coal ash/coal slurry dump--and one prisoner's rapid and frightening decline in health. Was coal ash responsible? PSR provided the background information on the toxic substances in coal ash and their possible health consequences for the prison inmates.
Source: International Business Times
April 12, 2015
No evidence supports the claim of health damage caused by wind turbines
An op-ed by PSR Board Member Dr. Alan Lockwood.
Source: The Buffalo News
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
March 1, 2015
The Navajo Generating Station was supposed to improve the lives of the native people living in its shadow, but its only real legacy is the polluted skies over the American Southwest.
Source: National Parks Magazine
February 22, 2015
Toxic Waste in the US: Coal Ash
Important piece on toxic coal ash, featuring PSR's Barb Gottlieb explaining the health impacts.
Source: Vice News
February 17, 2015
How Coal Kills
According to Coal's Assault on Human Health, a report by PSR, coal combustion releases mercury, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and other substances known to be hazardous to human health.
Source: Scientific American
December 18, 2014
Why Columbia's ash pond was given 'high' hazard potential rating
"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."
November 21, 2014
Efficiency standard clears the air, saves cash
A letter to the editor from PSR Arizona's Dr. Barbara Warren on how energy efficiency helps public health and saves money.
Source: Arizona Daily Star
October 8, 2014
Dukeville, NC: Don’t drink the water, locals and activists warn
PSR's Barbara Gottlieb discusses the carcinogens found in coal ash.
Source: Al Jazeera America
October 1, 2014
Florida Needs a Health-Protective Energy Policy Plan
Incoming Board President Dr. Lonnie Draper and Board Member Dr. Ron Saff delivered a letter to Governor Rick Scott asking for his strong leadership in putting together a health-protective energy policy plan for Florida; a plan with emphasis on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.
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