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  • 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
  • September 28, 2010
    Washingtonians Demand ‘Coal to Green by 2015’

    Dr. Steven Gilbert, president of Washington PSR, explains the health impacts of coal plants.

    Source: CommonDreams.org
  • September 27, 2010
    Hundreds to Rally at EPA Hearing on Coal Ash in Louisville

    Barbara Gottlieb, deputy director of the Environmental Health Program for Physicians for Social Responsibility, says coal ash contains 19 harmful heavy metals, including arsenic, lead and mercury. "And these substances, if they're eaten or drunk or inhaled, can cause cancer. They can cause nervous system impacts such as cognitive deficits and developmental delays. They affect virtually every major organ system in the human body."

    Source: Public News Service
  • September 27, 2010
    Activists Speak Out at EPA Coal Ash Hearing

    PSR's Barbara Gottlieb discusses the need for coal ash regulation in this article on an EPA coal ash hearing in Kentucky.

    Source: WFPL News
  • September 26, 2010
    For children's sake, move away from coal

    According to “Coal’s Assault on Human Health,” a report by Physicians for Social Responsibility, coal pollutants have been linked to four of the five leading causes of death in our nation, including cancer, stroke, heart disease and chronic lower respiratory diseases.

    Source: News Tribune
  • September 17, 2010
    Coal ash disposal in Kansas City region

    Yesterday Earthjustice and Physicians for Social Responsibility released a detailed report entitled Coal Ash: The Toxic Threat to Our Health and Environment. The Kansas City region has some seven or eight coal ash disposal sites. Coal ash is toxic.

  • September 17, 2010
    Doctors, environmentalists urge coal waste regulation

    An organization of doctors joined an environmental group Thursday to encourage the EPA to adopt tougher regulations for coal ash waste, which they say is toxic. The 1.2 billion-gallon spill of wet coal ash from a breached dam near Kingston, Tenn., just before Christmas 2008 received national attention, but it didn't reveal the full dimensions of the health threats from coal ash waste, according to Dr. Peter Wilk, executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

    Source: Electric Light & Power
  • September 17, 2010
    Hundreds of concerned citizens demand EPA protections from toxic coal ash

    Hundreds of concerned citizens gathered in Chicago today urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to pass strong, federally-enforceable safeguards for coal ash, the toxic remains left over from coal-fired power plants. Citizens traveled to Chicago from across Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Indiana to testify about the harmful effects of coal ash on their health, neighborhoods and communities. The hearing is one of seven the EPA is holding this month on its proposal to finally regulate toxic coal ash.

    Source: WisPolitics.com
  • September 16, 2010
    Groups Gauge Coal Ash Threat to Human Health

    An organization of doctors and other health professionals joined with environmentalists to release a report today detailing concerns that the leakage of toxic substances including arsenic from coal ash ponds and landfills is contaminating underground aquifers and drinking water supplies and endangering human health across the country.

  • September 16, 2010
    Groups Gauge Coal Ash Threat to Human Health

    An organization of doctors and other health professionals joined with environmentalists to release a report today detailing concerns that the leakage of toxic substances including arsenic from coal ash ponds and landfills is contaminating underground aquifers and drinking water supplies and endangering human health across the country.

  • September 9, 2010
    Sides raise concerns over coal ash at EPA hearing in Dallas

    PSR member Dr. Karen Lewis spoke in support of labeling coal ash as hazardous waste at an EPA hearing in Dallas this week.

    Source: Dallas Morning News
  • September 3, 2010
    PSR calls on EPA for Tougher Regulation of Toxic Coal Ash

    PSR testified recently before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the health risks associated with coal ash, at the first of seven EPA hearings on disposal of this dangerous coal combustion waste product.

  • August 31, 2010
    Coal gunk gets its day

    Dr. Roberta Richardson, president of Colorado PSR, discusses the health impacts of toxic coal ash.

    Source: Denver Post
  • August 31, 2010
    Feds hear two sides of coal ash debate

    PSR's Barbara Gottlieb testified at an EPA hearing, urging the government to regulate dangerous coal ash.

    Source: Knoxville News Sentinel
  • August 26, 2010
    Coal Ash: Menace or Nuisance? Oregonians Can Weigh In

    Oregon PSR President Dr. Catherine Thomasson explains the dangers of coal ash.

    Source: Public News Service
  • July 28, 2010
    PSR supports rigorous regulation of coal ash

    Coal ash, the residue left over after coal is burned, contains some of the world’s deadliest toxics: arsenic, lead, mercury, cadmium, selenium and others. PSR urges its members to submit comments to the Environmental Protection Agency, insisting on strict federal regulation of coal ash disposal sites that now leak deadly toxics into the environment and drinking water.

  • July 11, 2010
    State misses an opportunity with cave-in to coal

    Washington PSR President Steven Gilbert discusses a recent Washington state coal agreement in this op-ed.

    Source: The News Tribune (Washington state)
  • June 24, 2010
    State Deal with Washington Coal Plant a "Huge Disappointment"

    Dr. Steven Gilbert of Washington PSR discusses the health effects of mercury emissions from coal plants.

    Source: Earthjustice
  • May 27, 2010
    Colorado's big carbon spill

    An opinion piece on a Colorado coal plant cites PSR's recent "Coal's Assault on America's Health" report.

    Source: Daily Camera
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