July 19, 2011
Activists deliver support for EPA mercury rule
Activists from PSR and other organizations delivered more than 630,000 comments to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s regional office in Boston today to support the agency’s draft rules to significantly curb mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants.
Source: Boston Globe
May 22, 2011
Demanding cleaner air will reduce health care costs
Under the Clean Air Act, for each dollar spent to clean our air there has been a health care cost savings of about $44 – and there are still dollars to be saved. PSR board member Dr. Alan Lockwood does the math in an op-ed.
Source: Buffalo News
March 31, 2011
Muscatine, Iowa: Pretty setting, but dirty air
Iowa PSR's Dr. Maureen McCue discusses the air pollution problem in Muscatine.
Source: Star Tribune
March 25, 2011
Wind Blows Coal Away
Kristen Welker-Hood, ScD MSN, Director of Environmental Health Programs provided expert testimony at the Maryland House of Delegates and the Senate this month.
March 17, 2011
PSR Celebrates EPA Action to Dangerous Air Toxins from Coal and Oil-Fired Power Plants
PSR welcomed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s release today of a proposed update to air quality standards that will limit the emission of lethal air toxics from power plants.
March 7, 2011
PSR Helps Negotiate Closure of Washington State’s Only Coal Plant
Thanks to a negotiated agreement, Washington State’s only coal-fired power plant is now scheduled to slash its generating capacity in half by 2020 and close entirely by 2025.
March 2, 2011
Coal’s Unpaid Bills: $345 Billion Annually
A recent report estimates that coal’s impacts – including its effects on health and the damage in inflicts on the environment -- cost the U.S. about $345 billion annually. According to the report, a full rendering of coal’s costs would double to triple the price of coal-generated electricity.
February 17, 2011
Stop Washington state coal-energy production
Energy policy is health policy, writes PSR member Dr. Howard Frumkin in this op-ed.
Source: Seattle Times
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 9, 2011
PSR Releases New Report on Hexavalent Chromium in Coal Ash
In a just-released report, PSR and two environmental organizations have revealed that most of the chromium that leaches from coal ash into ground and surface water takes the form of highly carcinogenic hexavalent chromium. Long known to cause lung cancer when inhaled, hexavalent chromium has been shown to cause stomach cancer in humans, and intestinal and oral cancers in laboratory animals, when ingested in water.
February 4, 2011
Carcinogen tied to coal ash pollution
A new report from environmental and social justice groups reports that hexavalent chromium, a chemical linked to cancer, is regularly leached from coal ash sites. The report, “EPA's Blind Spot: Hexavalent Chromium in Coal Ash,” is a collaboration of the law firm Earthjustice, PSR and the Environmental Integrity Project.
Source: Beckley Register-Herald
February 3, 2011
Hexavalent chromium pollution linked to coal ash disposal
A report released this week titled "EPA's Blind Spot: Hexavalent Chromium in Coal Ash" was produced with Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Environmental Integrity Project.
Source: Facing South
February 2, 2011
Report: Coal ash disposal sites release chromium into groundwater
A new report by Earthjustice, PSR and the Environmental Integrity Project indicated that 28 fly ash disposal sites in 17 states have leaked toxic hexavalent chromium into groundwater.
Source: Water Technology Online
February 2, 2011
Report says fly ash sites leak chromium into water
Two southwestern Pennsylvania fly ash disposal sites are among 28 such sites in 17 states that have contaminated groundwater by leaking toxic, cancer-causing hexavalent chromium, according to a new report co-authored by PSR.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
January 27, 2011
Experts mull clean energy
PSR's Dr. Alan Lockwood explains how closing coal-burning plants will save lives.
Source: Brattleboro Reformer
January 26, 2011
Obama slammed, praised for including coal, nuclear in clean energy goal
PSR's Security Director David Hart is quoted in this piece on the State of the Union.
Source: Sun Sentinel
January 26, 2011
Experts: "Clean" Energy Standard Should Not Include Nuclear, Coal
If Congress and the White House intend to move forward with a “clean energy standard” (CES), it will be a huge contradiction to include nuclear reactors and coal-fired power plants, according to three experts.
January 18, 2011
Colleton residents oppose coal ash landfill
In a press release on Tuesday, a group opposing the landfill cited a recent study by the Physicians for Social Responsibility -- noting that toxic material from found in coal ash can injure major organ systems, damage physical health and contribute to mortality.
December 22, 2010
Coal Ash and Mercury: why coal is a health hazard
A new report Coal Ash, the toxic threat to our health and environment has been published by Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) in the USA. It is an analysis of the health hazards of the legacy of coal combustion, the coal ash dumps that epitomise power generation landscapes.
Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
December 21, 2010
Predicting the World’s Next Water Pollution Disaster
About a third of the nation’s coal ash storage sites are wet ponds. “These are the ones that have the potential of a catastrophe such as we saw in Tennessee,” said Barbara Gottlieb, who directs the coal program Code Black for the Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Source: National Geographic