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  • 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 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
    Longview’s approval of coal exports ignites challenge from conservation groups

    Conservation groups are challenging the approval of a project to export coal to Asia from Longview. Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility called the project a “lose-lose-lose proposition for human health.”

    Source: Daily Astorian
  • 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

    The group Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility (IPSR) launched an anti-coal campaign today. IPSR Coordinator Maureen McCue spoke at a statehouse press conference and released a report showing 92% of Iowans live within 30 miles of a coal plant.

    Source: Radio Iowa
  • 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
  • December 12, 2010
    Push the LADWP to be coal-free

    This article on coal power in Los Angeles quotes PSR on the health impacts of coal-fired power plants.

    Source: Los Angeles Daily News
  • December 7, 2010
    Two Years After the Tennessee Spill, Coal Ash Still Pollutes Nationwide

    PSR is mentioned in this article on the environmental impacts of coal ash.

    Source: Treehugger
  • December 3, 2010
    Dispute in Pennsylvania Town Highlights EPA's Coal Ash Dilemma

    The non-profit health advocacy group Physicians for Social Responsibility say ash dumps pose “an acute risk of cancer and neurological effects as well as many other negative health impacts.”

    Source: Center for Public Integrity
  • November 29, 2010
    Breaking Away From Coal

    Over the last year and a half, at least 10 power companies have announced plans to close more than three dozen of their oldest, least efficient coal-burning generators by 2019. A few are being replaced by new, more efficient coal plants, but many more are being replaced by gas-fired plants.

    Source: New York Times
  • November 25, 2010
    Commissioners Approve Coal Export Facility in Washington State

    Cherie Eichholz, Executive Director of Washington PSR, explains the dangerous health impacts of coal plants.

    Source: Media Newswire
  • November 18, 2010
    PSR Testifies for Health-protective Coal Ash Disposal

    Seizing an opportunity to shape a policy with nationwide implications for health, PSR mobilized its network to urge the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to adopt strong, health-protective regulations for the disposal of coal ash.

  • November 18, 2010
    Coal ash: Truly hazardous

    PSR national board member and Washington PSR President Steven Gilbert, PhD, DABT, explains the dangerous health effects of hazardous coal ash waste and urges the EPA to enact strong regulations on coal ash disposal.

    Source: The Salt Lake Tribune
  • October 29, 2010
    Coal starts dirty and ends dirty

    A recent report by the group Physicians for Social Responsibility titled "Coal Ash -- The toxic threat to our health and environment" provides an overview of the specific dangers linked with coal ash and the scale of the problem in the United States.

    Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
  • October 27, 2010
    PSR brings health concerns to the fore as EPA hearings scrutinize coal ash

    PSR chapters, board members and staff have been raising concerns nationwide about the health impacts of coal ash disposal. Barbara Gottlieb was interviewed on the Knoxville, TN NPR station the morning of the final EPA public hearing on coal ash regulation.

    Source: WUOT
  • October 15, 2010
    PSR Meets with EPA on Coal Ash

    PSR met recently with the Environmental Protection Agency to present our new report on coal ash and health and to voice support for strong, health-protective regulation of coal ash disposal. Our presentation focused on concerns that highlight the need for robust regulation at the federal level – including, in some cases, steps that go beyond the EPA’s current proposal.

  • October 13, 2010
    Protestors rally to shut down Chicago's coal plants

    Pilsen’s air is dirty. While hundreds of runners gasped for it, passing the Chicago Marathon’s 20-mile marker Sunday, just blocks away dozens were rallying to keep it clean.

    Source: Medill Reports: Chicago
  • September 29, 2010
    Clean energy groups protest Centralia TransAlta coal plant

    Dr. Steven Gilbert, president of Washington PSR, discusses the health care costs of coal plants.

    Source: The Olympian
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