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  • November 18, 2009
    Coal Pollution Damages Human Health at Every Stage of Coal Life Cycle, Reports Physicians for Social Responsibility

    Physicians for Social Responsibility today released a groundbreaking medical report, “Coal’s Assault on Human Health,” which takes a new look at the devastating impacts of coal on the human body. By examining the impact of coal pollution on the major organ systems of the human body, the report concludes that coal contributes to four of the top five causes of mortality in the U.S. and is responsible for increasing the incidence of major diseases already affecting large portions of the U.S. population.

  • November 18, 2009
    Report details 'coal's assault on human health'

    Coal pollution is assaulting human health through impacts on workers, residents near mining operations and power plants, and the environment in coalfield communities, according to a new report by a group of physicians.

    Source: Charleston Gazette (West Virginia)
  • November 18, 2009
    Coal Pollution Undermines America's Health, Physicians Advise

    Coal pollutants affect all major body organ systems and contribute to four of the five leading causes of mortality in the United States: heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic lower respiratory diseases, concludes a scathing report issued today by Physicians for Social Responsibility.

    Source: Environment News Service
  • October 14, 2009
    Duke Power Co rate increase

    Western North Carolina PSR President Dr. Lew Patrie and PSR member Dr. Richard Fireman are quoted on the health impacts of coal-fired power plants.

    Source: McDowell News (North Carolina)
  • October 1, 2009
    US Senate Introduces Long-Awaited Climate Bill

    Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) applauds Senators Kerry and Boxer for introducing the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act.

  • September 23, 2009
    PSR defends EPA authority

    PSR is working intensively to assure that the EPA’s power to regulate emissions of carbon dioxide from the biggest polluters is not stripped away.

  • September 10, 2009
    Wash. says deal will cut pollution at coal plant

    Cherie Eicholz, Executive Director of Washington PSR, discusses the health impacts of coal pollution.

    Source: CNBC
  • August 31, 2009
    PSR Launches Campaign to Support Strong Climate and Energy Legislation

    The Senate will soon be considering climate change and energy legislation. We need your help at this critical time to speak in support of strong legislation that confronts the growing threat from climate change while leading the U.S. towards a healthy, peaceful and sustainable future.

  • August 17, 2009
    The Clunkers of the Power-Plant World

    Many public health and environmental advocates say too little attention has been paid to facilities such as Fisk and Crawford -- "legacy" plants grandfathered in under the 1977 Clean Air Act and largely exempted from its requirement that facilities use the best pollution-control technology.

    Source: Washington Post
  • July 2, 2009
    House Passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act is an Historic Milestone; Stronger Action is Essential

    PSR recognizes the historic significance of House passage on June 26, 2009, of the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES). For the first time, a branch of Congress has taken responsibility for acting to comprehensively reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • June 14, 2009
    Activists gird for fight over coal plant in Surry County

    PSR's Kristen Welker-Hood is quoted in this article on the debate over a proposed coal-fired power plant in Virginia.

    Source: Virginia-Pilot
  • May 26, 2009
    PSR Leaders Testify at EPA Hearings on Health Impacts of Global Warming

    The Environmental Protection Agency has made an endangerment finding making it clear that greenhouse gas emissions must be regulated in order to control global warming and protect human health. Last week, PSR leaders applauded the finding and encouraged the EPA to act.

  • May 22, 2009
    EPA to restore scientific review process

    In a bid to restore the primacy of science in setting air-pollution standards at the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced yesterday that she was reestablishing a key process in which agency scientists issue "staff papers" outlining options for policymakers to consider in establishing air-quality levels for key pollutants.

    Source: Philidelphia Inquirer
  • May 11, 2009
    In schools, a cautionary video about America’s ‘stuff’

    “The Story of Stuff,” a 20-minute video about the effects of human consumption, has been embraced by teachers eager to supplement textbooks that lag behind scientific findings on climate change and pollution.

    Source: New York Times
  • April 23, 2009
    Carper, Alexander Push for Stronger Clean Air Standards

    Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) announced today that they will be working on legislation to reduce harmful sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxide (NOx) and mercury emissions from America's power plants.

    Source: The website of Senator Alexander
  • April 17, 2009
    EPA Proposes Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    The Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposal today finding greenhouse gas emissions pose a danger to the public's health and welfare, a determination that could trigger a series of sweeping regulations affecting everything from vehicles to coal-fired power plants.

    Source: Washington Post
  • April 17, 2009
    Health Threat Evident, U.S. Must Address Global Warming to Protect the Public

    Today the Environmental Protection Agency made an endangerment finding regarding the emission of greenhouse gases that cause global warming. The finding, a requirement of the Clean Air Act recently upheld by the Supreme Court, makes it clear that greenhouse gas emissions must be regulated in order to control global warming and protect human health.

  • January 1, 2009
    Big Idea #3: Declare Dane Co. a Coal-Free Zone

    Pam Kleiss of PSR Wisconsin discusses the health effects of coal plants.

    Source: Madison Magazine
  • October 16, 2008
    New EPA Lead Standard Fails to Protect Public Health

    PSR condemns the inadequate effort by the EPA to establish new lead levels that are adequately protective of the public health.

  • May 1, 2008
    EPA Proposed Rule on Lead in Air Emissions Ignores Science and the Need to Protect Young Children

    While acknowledging the need to restrict the levels of lead allowed in air emissions, the EPA today failed, again, to utilize the best available science by proposing a rule that would allow children to be exposed to harmful levels of lead.

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