March 2, 2011
High-stakes debate looming over EPA power to regulate pollutants
The showdown in the U.S. Congress over the EPA’s power to regulate pollutants has been slightly postponed, but recent actions by the House of Representatives make clear that the upcoming debate will be high-stakes.
February 28, 2011
Urgent! Speak out for healthy air!
Last week the House of Representatives passed a “Continuing Resolution” (budget bill) with amendments denying the EPA the power to regulate pollutants. The bill limited or revoked the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases, mercury and other air toxics, water pollutants, coal ash, and mountaintop removal wastes.
February 25, 2011
Pennsylvanians didn't vote for dirtier air
Dr. Robert Little, co-chairman of Harrisburg PSR, co-authors this op-ed on the Congressional attempt to strip EPA of its power to enforce clean air and water laws.
February 25, 2011
Congressional action would dismantle fundamental safeguards to health
The U.S. House of Representatives launched a major assault on basic anti-pollution safeguards when it passed a “Continuing Resolution” on Feb. 19.
February 21, 2011
EPA To Issue New Pollution Regulations
The Environmental Protection Agency today is expected to issue regulations on pollution from big boilers and incinerators. Dr. James Plumb of Philadelphia PSR sees the equation as simple. “Just another step we need to take to protect human health and lives.”
Source: CBS Philly
February 15, 2011
Opponents square off over Wash.'s coal-fired plant
Dr. Alexander Hamling, a Washington PSR board member, warns of the public health dangers from coal pollution.
Source: Seattle Times
February 14, 2011
Chicago Power and Sweet Home: One Step Forward, One Step Back
Chicago PSR was among public health and environmental groups that spoke at a Chicago City Council meeting recently in favor of a proposed Clean Power Ordinance.
Source: Huffington Post
February 10, 2011
Doctors, Nurses Other Health Professionals Urge Congress To Resist Efforts To Weaken The Clean Air Act
PSR Executive Director Dr. Peter Wilk urges Congress to consider the public health impact of pollutants and to protect the Clean Air Act.
Source: Medical News Today
February 10, 2011
Sierra Club launching campaign to protect EPA air rules
The Sierra Club announced Thursday that it is launching a new campaign to stop efforts by Republicans to block Environmental Protection Agency air pollution rules. The environmental group is working closely with public health groups, including PSR, in the effort.
Source: The Hill
February 9, 2011
Doctors, Nurses, other Health Professionals Urge Congress to Resist Efforts to Weaken the Clean Air Act
Leading public health organizations announced today that 1,882 physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, certified asthma educators and other health and medical professionals from all 50 states and the District of Columbia sent a letter to President Obama, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives urging them to uphold the protections established in the Clean Air Act.
January 6, 2011
E.P.A. Faces First Volley From the House
The newly empowered Republicans in the House aren’t wasting any time making good on their pledge to throttle the Environmental Protection Agency.
Source: New York Times
December 9, 2010
A 40th birthday to remember
This article on the 40th anniversary of the Clean Air Act mentions PSR's support of enacting a stricter health-based standard for smog rules.
Source: The Hill
September 29, 2010
Clean energy groups protest Centralia TransAlta coal plant
Dr. Steven Gilbert, president of Washington PSR, discusses the health care costs of coal plants.
Source: The Olympian
September 28, 2010
Washingtonians Demand ‘Coal to Green by 2015’
Dr. Steven Gilbert, president of Washington PSR, explains the health impacts of coal plants.
September 26, 2010
For children's sake, move away from coal
According to “Coal’s Assault on Human Health,” a report by Physicians for Social Responsibility, coal pollutants have been linked to four of the five leading causes of death in our nation, including cancer, stroke, heart disease and chronic lower respiratory diseases.
Source: News Tribune
September 13, 2010
In Celebrating Clean Air Act’s 40th Anniversary, Senators Urged to Protect Landmark Clean Air Law
This week, Environment America and PSR are celebrating the Clean Air Act’s 40 years of success in protecting public health and cleaning up the environment.
August 4, 2010
EPA Rejects Petitions to Overturn Greenhouse Gases Endangerment Finding
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week denied ten petitions challenging the EPA’s 2009 “Endangerment Finding” that greenhouse gases are a threat to human health as well as to the environment. Petitioners included the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Peabody Energy Company, State of Texas, Commonwealth of Virginia, Competitive Enterprise Institute, and Ohio Coal Association. Many have ties to the coal industry, whether as coal producers, industry fronted think tanks, or large-scale coal consumers. They had sought to discredit the scientific evidence marshaled by the EPA to support its findings.
July 29, 2010
PSR Applauds the EPA for Rejecting Petitions to Overturn Findings that Greenhouse Gases Threaten Human Health
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson announced today that after several months of careful review the agency will deny 10 petitions calling for the agency to reconsider its determination that six greenhouse gases in the atmosphere threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations.
June 24, 2010
State Deal with Washington Coal Plant a "Huge Disappointment"
Dr. Steven Gilbert of Washington PSR discusses the health effects of mercury emissions from coal plants.
June 15, 2010
Do your allergies seem to get worse each year?
Dr. James Jones of Harrisburg PSR explains how air pollution has worsened allergies.
Source: Wilkes Barre Times-Leader