May 22, 2013
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September 19, 2012
Consumer study finds high levels of arsenic in rice products
Wisconsin Environmental Health Network's (WEHN) Dr. Elizabeth Neary, a pediatrician, says arsenic can harm babies who are still growing.
September 19, 2012
Take tuna off school menus, group says
A coalition of consumer groups including PSR is recommending the U.S. Department of Agriculture get tuna out of school lunchrooms after tests of canned tuna sold to schools found highly variable levels of mercury, in some cases higher than federal guidelines.
Source: USA Today
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.
January 12, 2012
Two Decades of Work Result in Strong Rules to Reduce Toxic Mercury Exposure
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) has worked for twenty-two years to protect the public from the severe toxic effects of mercury. Mercury, a neurotoxin, damages the developing brain; fetuses, infants and children exposed to mercury can suffer lifelong developmental delays, loss of IQ and mental retardation. In adults, mercury can damage the heart and kidneys.
December 22, 2011
Mercury poisoning still a problem in Maine, worldwide
An op-ed from PSR Maine Board member Dr. James H. Maier on the effects of mercury.
Source: Kennebec Journal
February 11, 2011
Colorado environmentalists challenge planned uranium mill
Sheep Mountain Alliance alleges that the state of Colorado did not hold adequate public hearings and that the licensing violates a state law prohibiting uranium mills near areas that already have high levels of heavy metals in their water.
Source: Los Angeles Times
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.
December 14, 2010
PSR Assails Health Risks from Coal Ash
PSR mobilized health professionals to testify against unsafe coal ash disposal at EPA hearings around the country. PSR also wrote and distributed a new study, “Coal Ash: The Toxic Threat to Our Health and Environment.”
November 30, 2010
Documentary Filmmaker Focuses on Paradox Valley Uranium Mill
The Piñon Ridge plant, located in southwestern Colorado, was recently approved by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment project and will be the first new uranium processing mill in the U.S. in more than 25 years. Filmmaker Richard Linnett is following the issue for in order to document the community impact.
Source: Paradox Valley USA Website
September 3, 2010
PSR calls on EPA for Tougher Regulation of Toxic Coal Ash
PSR testified recently before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the health risks associated with coal ash, at the first of seven EPA hearings on disposal of this dangerous coal combustion waste product.
July 28, 2010
PSR supports rigorous regulation of coal ash
Coal ash, the residue left over after coal is burned, contains some of the world’s deadliest toxics: arsenic, lead, mercury, cadmium, selenium and others. PSR urges its members to submit comments to the Environmental Protection Agency, insisting on strict federal regulation of coal ash disposal sites that now leak deadly toxics into the environment and drinking water.
March 17, 2010
Coal's Toxic Sludge
It's deadly, it’s America's second-biggest river of industrial waste, and it’s barely regulated. Read Jeff Goodell, noted author of Big Coal, on coal ash.
Source: Rolling Stone
March 15, 2010
PSR calls on OMB to release Proposed EPA rule on coal ash
PSR met recently with the Office of Management and Budget to urge it to review and release a proposed EPA rule that would tighten up the handling of toxic coal ash.
December 30, 2009
New Uranium Mill May Be Coming Soon
The Paradox Valley in western Colorado may soon have a new plant to process ore from hundreds of new and reopened uranium mines. The Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment that Energy Fuels Inc. had completed its application to build a uranium mill near t he town of Nucla, about 220 miles southwest of Denver. If approved, the Piñon Ridge plant would be the first uranium mill built in the United States in 25 years. The state of Colorado says reviewing the application for the plant — which would process up to 1,000 tons of uranium ore a day –- will take 12 to 14 months.
Source: New York Times
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 8, 2008
PSR Applauds Federal Court Decision to Force Stronger Mercury Controls on New Coal Plants
A ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals will force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop stronger power plant emission standards for mercury and other toxic pollutants.
October 20, 2006
President Signs Legislation Containing Rep. McDermott's Depleted Uranium Study
When the President signed the Department of Defense Authorization legislation this week, he signed into law an amendment authored and introduced by Rep. Jim McDermott (WA-D) ordering a comprehensive study- with a report due in one year - on possible adverse health effects on U.S. soldiers from the U.S. military's use of DU - Depleted Uranium.