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  • June 20, 2012
    ‘Gang of Eight’ Utilities Spent Millions Lobbying and Litigating Against EPA Action While Pollution Contributes to Over 10,000 Deaths

    “Coal pollutants contribute to four of the five leading causes of mortality in the United States: heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic respiratory diseases,” said Catherine Thomasson, MD, executive director of PSR. “The damage they do to health is severe and widespread. It’s vital that these dirty emissions be reduced. If not, thousands of Americans will needlessly suffer illnesses and premature deaths.”

    Source: Salem News
  • 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
  • May 24, 2012
    The Danger Downwind

    A New York Times editorial links to a letter to the president signed by PSR and other groups, calling on the EPA to take action under the Clean Air Act to prevent disasters at chemical plants.

    Source: The New York Times
  • May 17, 2012
    Dust in the wind?

    Maye Thompson of Oregon PSR explains the health effects of coal dust.

    Source: The Portland Tribune
  • May 4, 2012
    TEP is asked to stop burning coal

    The groups, which include the Arizona PSR, Clean Air Task Force, 350.org and the Sierra Club, called on TEP to switch solely to cleaner-burning natural gas at Sundt.

    Source: Arizona Daily Star
  • April 23, 2012
    Pollution in Green Bay, manufacturing industry at odds

    Pollutants are especially dangerous to people with asthma or other lung diseases, but they also put healthy people at greater risk of heart disease, said Ann Behrmann, past president of the Wisconsin chapter of PSR.

    Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette
  • April 4, 2012
    Reducing air pollution benefits people, planet

    A letter to the editor from PSR Board member Dr. Alan Lockwood.

    Source: Buffalo News
  • March 29, 2012
    EPA Acts to Reduce Industrial Carbon Pollution from New Power Plants -- A Critical First!

    Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) applauds the new standards announced by the Environmental Protection Agency on March 27 to limit industrial carbon pollution from new power plants.

  • March 27, 2012
    PSR intervenes in lawsuit against EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Rule

    PSR has intervened in a lawsuit to defend the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s newly proposed rule to regulate mercury and air toxics from coal-fired power plants.

  • February 17, 2012
    PSR: Cost of Wind Power Far Lower Than Cost of Damaging Health Effects From Coal

    Moving the U.S. off of polluting, carbon-heavy coal-fired electricity will be much easier when clean, healthy renewable energy sources are in place. To that end, Catherine Thomasson MD, PSR’s new executive director, testified on February 14 in favor of a bill to facilitate development of an off-shore wind farm off the Atlantic coast.

  • February 16, 2012
    Expert and author on coal and health is in Fairbanks

    Dr. Alan H. Lockwood, an Emeritus Professor of Neurology at the University of Buffalo and a member of Physicians for Social Responsibility, was in Fairbanks as a guest of the Alaska Community Action on Toxics and the Northern Alaska Environmental Center.

    Source: Fairbanks Daily News
  • February 15, 2012
    O'Malley Makes Pitch For Offshore Wind Power

    PSR Executive Director Dr. Catherine Thomasson explains the public health costs of coal-fired power plants.

    Source: WYPR
  • January 28, 2012
    Living in the dusty shadow of coal mining

    While there has been limited research in Australia on the health effects of coal mining, extensive studies in the US by the Physicians for Social Responsibility found people living in high coal-producing counties had higher rates of cardiopulmonary disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hypertension and kidney disease compared with people in non-coal-producing counties.

    Source: The Australian
  • January 12, 2012
    EPA's New Mercury & Air Toxics Rule Called a "Victory for Children"

    PSR chapters across the country celebrated the EPA’s recent finalization of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards rule. This rule is a huge victory for human health, particularly for children, who can face developmental delays and mental retardation due to mercury exposure.

  • January 4, 2012
    PSR-LA Asks for Review of EPA Action on Air Pollutants

    PSR-Los Angeles, along with NRDC and Communities for a Better Environment, are asking a federal appeals court to review an action by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that lets a local air quality agency avoid monitoring pollutants from area freeways.

    Source: Long Beach Report
  • December 28, 2011
    Republicans undermining environmental protections

    A letter to the editor from PSR board member Dr. Alan Lockwood.

    Source: Buffalo News
  • November 28, 2011
    Southenders air their concerns: Film featuring local interviews about Muscatine's air quality will be shown here next week

    The short film "Southend," which was financed by Iowa PSR, features interviews with Muscatine, Iowa residents on the health effects of local air pollution.

    Source: Muscatine Journal
  • November 17, 2011
    PSR chapters continue to fight coal

    PSR chapters continue to make powerful strides to get the U.S. off of coal and onto clean, healthy, renewable energy sources. Just in the past week, PSR activists in Oregon, Iowa and Michigan conducted an impressive series of public events, media visits and Grand Rounds presentations.

  • November 16, 2011
    Students protest UI's use of coal

    “We can’t afford to ignore the costs of coal,” Maureen McCue, director of Iowa PSR and an adjunct clinical professor in the UI College of Public Health, told advocates Wednesday.

    Source: Iowa City Press Citizen
  • September 28, 2011
    If You Can't Breathe, You Can't Work

    Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility, Dr. Peter Wilk, related the specific dangers that emanate from particulate matter air pollution.

    Source: Huffington Post
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    Speaking Tour: Heat Advisory
    PSR's Dr. Alan Lockwood will visit 7 states this fall to highlight the health effects of climate change and speak about his new book, Heat Advisory.