May 22, 2013
Greens to Corps: 'Comprehensive' coal study a must
PSR is among groups asking for a “single, comprehensive” environmental impact statement on proposed coal terminals in Washington State.
Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 16, 2013
Omaha Residents Deliver Nearly 1,000 Petitions to Omaha Public Power District
Representatives from Greater Omaha PSR and other organizations testified at the OPPD board meeting, asking for the utility to collaborate on a plan to clean up or phase out the outdated power plant and invest in clean energy.
Source: eNews Park Forest
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 26, 2013
Audio: Political Perspectives
Radio interview with Oregon PSR leaders and essay contest winners discussing the Particles on the Wall exhibit, which focuses on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
April 23, 2013
PSR chapters in Oregon and Washington Hire Economist to Evaluate Nuclear Plant
PSR will be working with economist Robert McCullough to examine the business case for an early retirement of the Columbia Generating Station nuclear power plant.
Source: Wall Street Journal
April 22, 2013
World’s First Free, For Credit, University-Level Training Portal NextGenU.org Launched Globally
PSR is pleased to announce co-sponsorship of the worldwide launch of NextGenU.org for advancement of public health education with three completely free, for credit university-level training.
April 22, 2013
Protesters Rally Outside DEP Offices On Earth Day To Fight Marcellus Shale Fracking
PSR-Philadelphia board member Walter Tsou, MD MPH, joined protests against hydraulic fracturing, a form of natural gas extraction that exposes nearby residents to toxic gases and fluids.
Source: CBS Philly
April 22, 2013
Florida PSR Concerned over Fracking Legislation
Florida PSR and the Florida League of Conservation Voters, in honor of Earth Day and respect for our Mother, are bringing attention to the dangers of hydraulic fracturing.
April 21, 2013
Earth is at risk: Unless we change our ways, future generations will inherit a hostile planet
An Earth Day op-ed by PSR board member Dr. Alan Lockwood.
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.
April 14, 2013
Coal Communities Fear 'Fly Ash' Poses Deadly Threat
This article on fly ash from coal cites PSR's report "Coal Ash: The Toxic Threat to Our Health and Environment" on the health effects of coal ash.
April 9, 2013
Fracking bill passes CA Senate committee
A provision protecting trade secrets led PSR Los Angeles, which backed the general principle of regulating fracking, to oppose the legislation.
Source: Sacramento Bee
April 8, 2013
National physicians groups tell Nevada governor to abandon the Las Vegas Water Grab to protect public health
Pressure by PSR and Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment helped Utah’s Governor Brian Sandoval make the decision to withdraw support from the Las Vegas/Snake Valley Water Pipeline project and continue to urge Nevada’s Governor Gary Herbert to withdraw support as well.
April 6, 2013
No end to Nevada’s quest for water
PSR physicians urge Utah to resist Nevada's attempt to seize water rights warning it could turn "arid western Utah into a dust bowl" and increase particulate pollution endangering residents' health.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune
April 3, 2013
The Promise of Prague, Self-Assured Destruction and Taxes
PSR member Dr. Robert Dodge calls on our nation's leaders to reign in the wasteful spending on nuclear weapons that saps our cities' resources needed for "education, healthcare, infrastructure, energy conservation and development of renewable energy sources."
Source: Las Vegas Informer
March 29, 2013
Notable Quotables on Gun Violence in Philadelphia
At a PSR/Philadelphia sponsored event on gun violence prevention, Dr. C. William Schwab made clear the urgent need for action. “We kill more children with guns in America than all the other combined G-20 countries. That’s a terrible thing to say about we the people of the United States.”
March 29, 2013
Physicians Support Historic New Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) To Regulate Global Weapons Trade
PSR applauds the UN General Assembly's adoption of the world's first Arms Trade Treaty that has come after years of work and negotiations. We urge the United States to work deliberatively to sign and ratify the treaty.
March 27, 2013
Savanah River Site Not for Spent Fuel
PSR President Dr. Jeff Patterson and U.S. Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) find some common ground as both oppose using the Savannah River Site as a storage site for spent nuclear fuel from across the country
Source: Aiken Standard
March 19, 2013
Joel Charles: Carbon fee offers road map for future
Medical student PSR leader calls for a revenue-neutral fee on carbon to make fossil fuel price reflect true cost.
Source: Lacrosse Tribune