November 18, 2016
New fracking reports clash over effects on health, environment, climate change
Two groups of physicians on Thursday released their latest compilation of scientific studies, government and industry reports, and journalistic investigations that claim fracking for oil and natural gas damages human health, pollutes air and water, and contributes to climate change.
Source: State Impact
November 18, 2016
Portland Curtails New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure
Last year the city passed a resolution to oppose the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure. The next step was to develop draft rules that are legally enforceable. This has been done, and Council members voted 3-0 to pass the resulting amendments.
November 14, 2016
Elected Officials in Northwest Urge State, Federal Lawmakers to Contain Oil Train Threat
It’s been more than six months since an oil train derailed and caught fire along the Columbia River in Oregon. Dozens of city, county and tribal lawmakers have called on state and federal lawmakers to do more to keep people living along nearby train tracks safe.
October 10, 2016
DEP action a regulatory failure
Letter to the editor from PSR Florida's Ronald Saff, MD and Howard Kessler, MD, on a new regulation in Florida that would allow higher levels of carcinogens in local waterways.
Source: Tallahassee Democrat
August 1, 2016
The Mortality Games: U.S. Is Disqualified In Trials For Health Olympics
According to our PSR-Washington chapter, the nation's overall health and life expectancy lags far behind other high-income countries.
Source: Huffington Post
July 13, 2016
The dreaded antibiotic-resistant 'superbug' has arrived. Now what?
Chesapeake PSR member Dr. Sara Via co-authored this op-ed.
Source: Frederick News-Post
June 8, 2016
HealthWater EPA Proposal Allows Radiation Exposure in Drinking Water Equivalent to 250 Chest X-Rays a Year
"Clean water is essential for health," Dr. Catherine Thomasson, executive director of PSR, said. "Just like lead, radiation when ingested in small amounts is very hazardous to our health."
May 25, 2016
Extreme lead found at El Paso state home
"Very high exposure can lead to death," said Anjum Hanafi, executive director of Texas Physicians for Social Responsibility. "This is a very, very serious public health threat."
Source: El Paso Times
April 30, 2016
Flooding sweeps oil, chemicals into rivers
PSR Philadelphia's Dr. Walter Tsou explains the dangers of fracked wastewater contaminating drinking wells after flooding in Texas.
Source: El Paso Times
March 23, 2016
From Flint to fracking, EPA can learn from its mistakes
An op-ed by PSR's Director of Environment & Health, Barb Gottlieb.
Source: The Hill
February 4, 2016
Doctors to Lawmakers: Slow the Rush to Frack
An interview with PSR President Dr. Lynn Ringenberg on a Florida bill that would open the state to more fracking.
Source: Public News Service
January 21, 2016
Multnomah County Passes Unanimous Historic Resolution Opposing Oil Trains and Tesoro Savage Project
County Commissioners stand with the cities of Portland and Vancouver and over 100,000 residents in opposition to the proposed Tesoro Savage oil terminal on the Columbia River
December 3, 2015
Fracking bill surfaces again despite opposition, and is getting House support
Florida PSR's Lonnie Draper and Ray Bellamy discuss the potential for groundwater contamination from fracking.
Source: Tampa Bay Times
November 5, 2015
Portland City Council Adopts Policy Opposing Oil By Rail
The policy opposes all project proposals that would increase crude oil being transported by rail through Portland and Vancouver.
July 16, 2015
The importance of clean water
An op-ed by PSR member Janell E. Lundgren, MD. (Subscription required)
Source: Dayton Daily News
July 14, 2015
Protect our water, protect our health
An op-ed from PSR member Bruce D. Snyder, MD, FAAN.
Source: Southwest Journal
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
June 17, 2015
Pa.'s drinking water needs Clean Water Rule
An op-ed from PSR member Dr. Alan S. Peterson.
June 4, 2015
Clean Water Rule is a win for health in Michigan
An op-ed by PSR member Grant Shafer.
Source: Detroit News
May 26, 2015
Clean Water Rule: A Win for Public Health
The release today of the Clean Water Rule (also known as the Waters of the U.S. rule) marks a strong step forward in protecting the streams and wetlands that are the headwaters of drinking water supplies for one in three U.S. residents.