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  • 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 4, 2011
    WPSR and others say NO MORE COAL!

    A bill introduced Thursday in the state House will protect Washington families from the harmful health effects of burning coal for electricity and help build the economy of the community now hosting the state’s lone coal-burning power plant.

  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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.

    Source: WCIV
  • 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
  • December 14, 2010
    PSR Assails Health Risks from Coal Ash

    PSR mobilized health professionals to testify against unsafe coal ash disposal at EPA hearings around the country. PSR also wrote and distributed a new study, “Coal Ash: The Toxic Threat to Our Health and Environment.”

  • December 14, 2010
    Doctors lobby for alternatives to coal

    Maureen McCue, a University of Iowa professor and coordinator of the Iowa chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, said her group is launching an educational campaign to make Iowans aware of the health risks and costs associated with the state's reliance on burning coal to generate nearly 75 percent of its electricity.

    Source: Quad City Business Journal
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