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
June 11, 2010
The Defeat of Senator Murkowski's Dirty Air Act represents a big win for safeguarding public health
The U.S. Senate defeated, 47 – 53, the Murkowski Dirty Air Act resolution, which would have tied the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) hands to control carbon pollution. By rejecting this resolution, the majority of the Senate voted to base U.S. climate policy on the burgeoning scientific evidence that climate change is underway, that human activity is a major driver of carbon pollution, and that urgent action is needed to protect human health and the environment.
April 22, 2010
PSR Board President Conveys Message to the White House: Protect the Clean Air Act
PSR Board President Jeff Patterson, DO, carried a strong health message to the White House today about the need for action on climate change to protect the health of all Americans. Attending the President’s Earth Day reception, Dr. Patterson stated that “The health of Americans requires that we reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the safest, most immediate way possible.”
April 18, 2010
Allergies another unfortunate result of climate change
PSR's Dr. James Plumb explains how air pollution and heat waves impact human health.
Source: Hazleton Standard-Speaker (Pennsylvania)
March 16, 2010
Environmentalists warn Surry coal plant will endanger Hampton Roads
Kristen Welker-Hood, Environment & Health Program Director for PSR, spoke out against a proposed coal plant in Virginia.
Source: Daily Press (Virginia)
March 4, 2010
Colorado companies blast Murkowski’s bid to block EPA on greenhouse gases
PSR Colorado president Dr. Roberta M. Richardson discusses the health hazards of coal and criticizes Senator Lisa Murkowski's proposal that would weaken greenhouse gas regulations.
Source: The Colorado Independent
February 12, 2010
PSR testifies for stronger ozone limits
PSR testified before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently, urging the Agency to tighten the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, NAAQS, for ground-level ozone.
February 11, 2010
Clean Air Advocates Challenge US Senator (Audio)
PSR member Dr. Stephen Jay criticizes Senator Lisa Murkowski's proposed resolution that would reverse the EPA's position on greenhouse gases.
Source: 93.1 WIBC Indianapolis
February 3, 2010
House Ag Chairman Backs Bid to Block EPA Greenhouse Gas Regs
A trio of House lawmakers yesterday introduced a bill to block U.S. EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases, marking the latest in a string of bipartisan attacks against forthcoming climate rules.
Source: The New York Times
January 28, 2010
Hamilton biomass plant brings jobs, controversy
PSR member Dr. Ron Saff is quoted on the environmental impact of a proposed biomass plant.
Source: Suwannee Democrat (Florida)