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
April 19, 2015
Toxics bill fails to put New Jerseyans' health and safety first
An op-ed by PSR member Dr. Aly Cohen.
Source: NJ Environment News
April 16, 2015
Proposed water quality standards won't protect human health
An op-ed by WPSR's Laura Skelton and Steve Gilbert.
Source: The Bellingham Herald
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
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
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 12, 2014
Fire retardant chemicals found in small group of Californians
PSR's Dr. Catherine Thomasson explains how fire retardants impact health.
Source: San Jose Mercury News
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
August 5, 2014
Coal ash pollution needs tighter regulation
An op-ed by PSR Board Member Dr. Lynn Ringenberg on the dangers of coal ash.
Source: Sun Sentinel
April 29, 2014
David vs. Goliath: A tiny tribe takes on big energy
PSR's Barb Gottlieb on the dangerous toxins found in coal ash.
Source: Al Jazeera America
April 22, 2014
U.S. Urged to Tackle Lead in Aviation Gasoline
"We already know there’s no safe threshold for lead exposure, and we also know that lead is toxic and a possible carcinogen even at low levels, leading to brain damage and learning disabilities," Kathy Attar, toxics program manager with Physicians for Social Responsibility, a consumer protection group, told IPS.
Source: Inter Press Service
March 6, 2014
Federal chemical policy reform can protect health and jobs
An op-ed by PSR Toxics Program manager Kathy Attar and Texas PSR director Chris Masey.
Source: Houston Chronicle
February 12, 2014
A letter to the editor on the need for chemical reform in the U.S. co-authored by Chicago PSR's Dr. Sarah Lovinger.
Source: Chicago Tribune
February 7, 2014
The Need for Chemical Reform
PSR/Florida has been advocating for toxic chemical reform for years, providing education and resources to healthcare professionals and the public and briefing members of Congress.
November 13, 2013
Congress needs to update inadequate toxics law
Dr. Susan Katz, president of Oregon PSR explains how the chemical safety law needs to be updated.
Source: The Oregonian
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.
September 24, 2013
Nurses and doctors educate lawmakers on the dangers of chemicals
On Friday, PSR and the American Nurses Association held an informational briefing for US Senators and staff on the health hazards of chemicals in consumer products and the environment.
May 3, 2013
Video: East Bay Lawmaker Wants Toxics Out of Insulation
Sarah Janssen, MD, speaking on behalf of NRDC and PSR, discusses the health impact of toxic flame retardants.
April 29, 2013
Video: Widespread Obesity: Are Certain Chemicals Also a Big Contributor?
Dr. Susan Katz, a retired pediatrician, biochemist, and present Chair of the Environmental Health Work Group of Oregon PSR talks about some of the new research on "obesogens", the specific class of chemicals that appear to promote weight gain in humans and possibly other mammals.
Source: Huffington Post
April 18, 2013
PSR Takes Action against Toxic Chemicals in Consumer Products
Product labels on commercial products are not required to list hazardous chemicals, so you can’t tell when you should avoid a product to protect your health.