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  • July 1, 2015
    EPA must hold polluters accountable

    Op-ed by PSR Executive Director Dr. Catherine Thomasson and PSR member Dr. Michael Harbut.

    Source: The Detroit News
  • June 18, 2015
    New Report Details Toxic Water Pollution from Power Plants

    As the EPA weighs the nation’s first limits on toxic water pollution from power plants -- due in September -- a new report details the damage caused by the wastewater and the need for strong regulations to protect public health.

    Source: Environmental Protection
  • May 27, 2015
    Poison Prison

    A powerful article about a prison built next to a coal ash/coal slurry dump--and one prisoner's rapid and frightening decline in health. Was coal ash responsible? PSR provided the background information on the toxic substances in coal ash and their possible health consequences for the prison inmates.

    Source: International Business Times
  • April 22, 2015
    Physicians, Sierra Club Announce Intent to Take Gov. Hogan to Court for Unlawfully Blocking Clean Air Protections

    Chesapeake PSR and Sierra Club, represented by Earthjustice, announced Wednesday that they will hold Governor Hogan, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and the Maryland Division of State Documents accountable for failing to implement new clean air protections to clean up coal-fired power plants that had been finalized and adopted prior to Gov. Hogan taking office.

  • April 12, 2015
    No evidence supports the claim of health damage caused by wind turbines

    An op-ed by PSR Board Member Dr. Alan Lockwood.

    Source: The Buffalo News
  • March 26, 2015
    Health of millions at stake in emissions curb ruling, environmentalists warn

    "A fifth of women of child-bearing years have mercury levels in their bodies that we know are not healthy and can cause problems with developing fetuses," said Dr Catherine Thomasson, the executive director of the national lobbying group Physicians for Social Responsibility.

    Source: The Guardian
  • March 1, 2015
    Generating Controversy

    The Navajo Generating Station was supposed to improve the lives of the native people living in its shadow, but its only real legacy is the polluted skies over the American Southwest.

    Source: National Parks Magazine
  • February 22, 2015
    Toxic Waste in the US: Coal Ash

    Important piece on toxic coal ash, featuring PSR's Barb Gottlieb explaining the health impacts.

    Source: Vice News
  • February 17, 2015
    How Coal Kills

    According to Coal's Assault on Human Health, a report by PSR, coal combustion releases mercury, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and other substances known to be hazardous to human health.

    Source: Scientific American
  • December 18, 2014
    Why Columbia's ash pond was given 'high' hazard potential rating

    "If you live in a community where there is uncovered dry coal ash deposit and the wind blows you may be inhaling cadmium," PSR's Barbara Gottleib said. "The threats from cadmium are pretty severe: kidney disease, lung diseases like emphysema."

    Source: KBIA
  • November 21, 2014
    Efficiency standard clears the air, saves cash

    A letter to the editor from PSR Arizona's Dr. Barbara Warren on how energy efficiency helps public health and saves money.

    Source: Arizona Daily Star
  • October 8, 2014
    Dukeville, NC: Don’t drink the water, locals and activists warn

    PSR's Barbara Gottlieb discusses the carcinogens found in coal ash.

    Source: Al Jazeera America
  • October 1, 2014
    Florida Needs a Health-Protective Energy Policy Plan

    Incoming Board President Dr. Lonnie Draper and Board Member Dr. Ron Saff delivered a letter to Governor Rick Scott asking for his strong leadership in putting together a health-protective energy policy plan for Florida; a plan with emphasis on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.

  • September 1, 2014
    Physicians’ Social Responsibility

    An op-ed by PSR Executive Director Catherine Thomasson, MD, on the need for advocacy from doctors.

    Source: American Medical Association Journal of Ethics
  • August 5, 2014
    Coal ash pollution needs tighter regulation

    An op-ed by PSR Board Member Dr. Lynn Ringenberg on the dangers of coal ash.

    Source: Sun Sentinel
  • July 30, 2014
    Improving Pittsburgh's Air Quality

    A radio interview with PSR's Dr. Alan Lockwood, who says the EPA's new Clean Power Plan will improve air quality and save lives.

    Source: WESA
  • July 28, 2014
    Why I support the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

    An op-ed from Florida PSR President and PSR National President-Elect Dr. Lynn Ringenberg, who is testifying before the EPA on the public health impacts of carbon pollution.

    Source: Tampa Tribune
  • July 27, 2014
    Tucsonans Celebrate Recent EPA Haze Rule

    A radio interview with PSR Arizona's Dr. Barbara Warren and other local activists on the health impacts of coal pollution in Arizona.

    Source: KXCI
  • June 2, 2014
    Dr. Alan Lockwood on Coal

    A radio interview with PSR Board Member Dr. Alan Lockwood on the public health impacts of coal.

    Source: Jeff Santos Show
  • May 13, 2014
    EPA rules can help protect children

    An op-ed from PSR's Dr. Lynn Ringenberg on new emissions standards for coal-fired power plants.

    Source: The Tallahassee Democrat
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