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  • 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
    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 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 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
  • May 6, 2010
    Students to UI: Stop burning coal

    Student PSR and other groups at the University of Iowa are urging the school to stop burning coal at the campus power plant.

    Source: Iowa City Press Citizen
  • May 6, 2010
    Declaration of Clean Energy Independence: We Need a Road Map to a Coal Free Future

    The Physicians for Social Responsibility recently found that coal "contributes to four of the top five causes of mortality in the U.S. and is responsible for increasing the incidence of major diseases."

    Source: Huffington Post
  • April 26, 2010
    Coal, a Silent Killer

    An interview with PSR's Dr. Alan Lockwood on coal's effect on health and the recent "Coal's Assault on Human Health" report, which he authored.

    Source: Tierramérica
  • April 23, 2010
    US Expert In Chile Addresses Negative Health Effects Of Coal-Based Energy

    Greenpeace-Chile has invited Dr. Alan Lockwood to present a recently released report from the Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization Physicians for Social Responsibility about the negative health effects of coal-based energy.

    Source: Santiago Times
  • April 22, 2010
    A reminder

    A letter to the editor on Earth Day quotes PSR's recent "Coal's Assault on Human Health" report.

    Source: Centre Daily Times (Pennsylvania)
  • April 15, 2010
    Cracking Big Coal

    The fight to stop coal brings together the health impacts with the environmental damage to create a serious environmental justice issue. See a profile of that movement in this new article from The Nation.

    Source: The Nation
  • March 17, 2010
    Coal's Toxic Sludge

    It's deadly, it’s America's second-biggest river of industrial waste, and it’s barely regulated. Read Jeff Goodell, noted author of Big Coal, on coal ash.

    Source: Rolling Stone
  • March 16, 2010
    Environmentalists warn Surry coal plant will endanger Hampton Roads

    Kristen Welker-Hood, Environment & Health Program Director for PSR, spoke out against a proposed coal plant in Virginia.

    Source: Daily Press (Virginia)
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