April 14, 2013
Coal Communities Fear 'Fly Ash' Poses Deadly Threat
This article on fly ash from coal cites PSR's report "Coal Ash: The Toxic Threat to Our Health and Environment" on the health effects of coal ash.
June 6, 2012
140 Community, Public Health and Environmental Groups Demand a Clean Transportation Bill
PSR sent the letter to the Hill and Administration yesterday afternoon on behalf of 140 public interest groups in the 14 Senate conferee states asking for a clean transportation bill, particularly one without a dangerous coal ash amendment.
May 27, 2012
Reject the dirty politics of coal ash for clean water
An op-ed from PSR Florida's Dr. Lynn Ringenberg.
Source: Tampa Bay Times
April 26, 2012
840 Health Professionals Agree: Coal Ash is Hazardous to Your Health
Physicians for Social Responsibility delivered to the Obama Administration today a petition signed by 840 medical doctors, health scientists, nurses, and other health professionals outlining the harm that exposure to toxic coal ash imposes on human health. Accompanying the letter are eight doctors from Florida, Iowa, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Georgia who will meet with their elected officials in Congress.
April 26, 2012
PSR briefs Senate on dangers from coal ash; petition signed by 850 health professionals
Eight PSR doctors, flying in to Washington from six states, will present the Obama Administration with a petition signed by 850 health professionals voicing their concern about the toxic dangers posed by unregulated coal ash disposal.
April 4, 2012
Physicians for Social Responsibility Joins Lawsuit for Federal Coal Ash Protections
PSR is among the environmental and public health groups that filed a lawsuit this week to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to complete its rulemaking process and finalize public health safeguards against toxic coal ash.
February 23, 2012
PSR petitions White House for safe coal ash disposal
PSR is petitioning the White House to have the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) release health-protective standards for disposal of coal ash.
January 18, 2012
PSR Signals Intention to Sue U.S. EPA for Release of Coal Ash Rule
PSR, acting with environmental organizations, filed a Notice of Intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to require the Agency to release rules for safe disposal of coal ash, the toxic waste left when electrical utilities burn coal.
January 18, 2012
Health Group Announces Intent to Sue EPA Over Toxic Coal Ash
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) joined environmental groups in announcing their intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in federal court to force the release of long-awaited federal safeguards for toxic coal ash.
November 1, 2011
Coal Ash Spill in Wisconsin
The coal ash spill in southeastern Wisconsin that poured heavy metals and toxicants into Lake Michigan poses potentially serious health risks to the communities in the area.
August 4, 2011
Health Externalities of Coal
10 Minute presentation for public Access TV on the human halth effects of coal burning waste and emissions
Source: Access Tucson
February 9, 2011
PSR Releases New Report on Hexavalent Chromium in Coal Ash
In a just-released report, PSR and two environmental organizations have revealed that most of the chromium that leaches from coal ash into ground and surface water takes the form of highly carcinogenic hexavalent chromium. Long known to cause lung cancer when inhaled, hexavalent chromium has been shown to cause stomach cancer in humans, and intestinal and oral cancers in laboratory animals, when ingested in water.
February 4, 2011
Carcinogen tied to coal ash pollution
A new report from environmental and social justice groups reports that hexavalent chromium, a chemical linked to cancer, is regularly leached from coal ash sites. The report, “EPA's Blind Spot: Hexavalent Chromium in Coal Ash,” is a collaboration of the law firm Earthjustice, PSR and the Environmental Integrity Project.
Source: Beckley Register-Herald
February 4, 2011
WPSR and others say NO MORE COAL!
A bill introduced Thursday in the state House will protect Washington families from the harmful health effects of burning coal for electricity and help build the economy of the community now hosting the state’s lone coal-burning power plant.
February 3, 2011
Hexavalent chromium pollution linked to coal ash disposal
A report released this week titled "EPA's Blind Spot: Hexavalent Chromium in Coal Ash" was produced with Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Environmental Integrity Project.
Source: Facing South
February 2, 2011
Report: Coal ash disposal sites release chromium into groundwater
A new report by Earthjustice, PSR and the Environmental Integrity Project indicated that 28 fly ash disposal sites in 17 states have leaked toxic hexavalent chromium into groundwater.
Source: Water Technology Online
February 2, 2011
Report says fly ash sites leak chromium into water
Two southwestern Pennsylvania fly ash disposal sites are among 28 such sites in 17 states that have contaminated groundwater by leaking toxic, cancer-causing hexavalent chromium, according to a new report co-authored by PSR.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
January 18, 2011
Colleton residents oppose coal ash landfill
In a press release on Tuesday, a group opposing the landfill cited a recent study by the Physicians for Social Responsibility -- noting that toxic material from found in coal ash can injure major organ systems, damage physical health and contribute to mortality.
December 22, 2010
Coal Ash and Mercury: why coal is a health hazard
A new report Coal Ash, the toxic threat to our health and environment has been published by Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) in the USA. It is an analysis of the health hazards of the legacy of coal combustion, the coal ash dumps that epitomise power generation landscapes.
Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
December 21, 2010
Predicting the World’s Next Water Pollution Disaster
About a third of the nation’s coal ash storage sites are wet ponds. “These are the ones that have the potential of a catastrophe such as we saw in Tennessee,” said Barbara Gottlieb, who directs the coal program Code Black for the Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Source: National Geographic