March 15, 2010
PSR calls on OMB to release Proposed EPA rule on coal ash
PSR met recently with the Office of Management and Budget to urge it to review and release a proposed EPA rule that would tighten up the handling of toxic coal ash.
March 14, 2010
Coal ash and the world according to Mr. Rogers
An op-ed by Western North Carolina PSR member Richard Fireman, MD on the dangers of coal ash.
Source: Asheville Citizen-Times
March 6, 2010
Spilled coal ash problem spreading
More than a year after a Tennessee coal ash spill created one of the worst environmental disasters of its kind in U.S. history, the problem is seeping into several other states.
Source: Associated Press
February 12, 2010
PSR testifies for stronger ozone limits
PSR testified before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently, urging the Agency to tighten the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, NAAQS, for ground-level ozone.
February 11, 2010
Clean Air Advocates Challenge US Senator (Audio)
PSR member Dr. Stephen Jay criticizes Senator Lisa Murkowski's proposed resolution that would reverse the EPA's position on greenhouse gases.
Source: 93.1 WIBC Indianapolis
February 2, 2010
Coal Ash Industry Manipulated EPA Data, Ghost-Wrote Agency Reports for a Decade
The coal ash industry manipulated reports and publications about the dangers of coal combustion waste, reports Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The group stated that the Environmental Protection Agency allowed the multibillon-dollar coal ash industry to have virtually unfettered access to the EPA during the Bush administration and now under President Obama.
January 21, 2010
Will You Be a Victim of Killer Coal?
SR's Dr. Alan Lockwood, the principal author of PSR's new report Coal's Assault on Human Health, discusses the health dangers of our reliance on coal.
January 12, 2010
New EPA Ozone Limits -- A Great Way to Start the New Year!
An article on the EPA's new ozone standard discusses PSR's recent work exposing the dangers of coal-fired power plants.
Source: Burnt Orange Report
January 8, 2010
Scientists call for end to mountaintop removal
A group of scientists called on the federal government Thursday to stop mountaintop removal mining, arguing dozens of existing studies on the practice prove its ecological impacts are "pervasive and irreversible."
Source: The Washington Post
January 7, 2010
EPA seeks stricter limits on smog pollutants
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed limiting the allowable amount of pollution-forming ozone in the air from 75 to between 60 and 70 parts per billion for any eight-hour period, significantly tightening rules the Bush administration had set for the nation's most widespread air pollutant.
Source: The Washington Post
January 6, 2010
Health and Safety Risks of Carbon Capture and Storage
An article by PSR's Dr. John Fogarty and Dr. Michael McCally discussing the dangers of carbon capture and storage. Full article requires subscription.
Source: Journal of the American Medical Association
January 5, 2010
Capitol Hill loves carbon storage technology. But are lawmakers overlooking risks?
A new article by PSR's Dr. John Fogarty and Dr. Michael McCally, published in JAMA, warns of the dangers of carbon capture and sequestration.
Source: The Hill
December 8, 2009
Coal Report Secures National, International Media Coverage
The newly released report has garnered substantial media coverage across the country. Utilizing a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, a briefing in the U.S. Senate, a nationwide media drive, and media outreach by PSR chapters, PSR was successful in bringing this important report to the attention of a huge audience coast to coast.
December 7, 2009
US Dept of Energy Says 'No' to Jamestown, NY's Dirty Coal Proposal
Dr. Alan Lockwood, a PSR board member, applauds the Department of Energy's decision not to fund a proposed coal plant in Jamestown, New York.
Source: Environmental Advocates of New York
December 3, 2009
2 More Utilities Retiring Aging Coal Plants in Wake of Health Report
It's the right move for health reasons, too, as Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) found when it took an in-depth look at coal's impacts on human health and mortality. In a report released last month, the medical and public health group connected coal and its emissions to a number of serious health issues, including increased risk of heart disease, cancer, asthma and lowered IQ’s.
November 30, 2009
Prologue to Copenhagen: Fasts, Lock Downs, Sit-Ins, Die-Ins for Climate Justice Across the Nation
On the 10th anniversary of the Seattle globalization protests, today's actions also took place on the heels of a new study by the Physicians for Social Responsibility 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 already affecting large portions of the U.S. population."
Source: Huffington Post
November 27, 2009
Medical Group Denounces Coal in Critical Report
So you thought smoking cigarettes was bad for your health? Try living next to a coal-fired power plant. That’s the diagnosis Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) relayed to the public in a comprehensive medical study released on November 18, called Coal’s Assault on Human Health. In it, the organization, comprised of physicians and public health experts, claims that coal pollutants damage every major organ in the human body and contributes to four of the top five leading causes of death in the United States.
Source: Online Journal
November 24, 2009
EPA proposes sulfur dioxide limits for first time since 1971
Dr. Alan Lockwood, the lead author of PSR's new report "Coal's Assault on Human Health", discusses the health impacts of coal pollution.
November 24, 2009
State home to some of oldest coal-fired power plants in U.S.
Physicians for Social Responsibility is another group calling for tougher regulations on existing coal-fired power plants, said Dr. Maureen McCue of Iowa City, who is active with that group. “The health impacts of coal are direct, measurable, serious and significant,” she said.
Source: Globe Gazette (Iowa)
November 24, 2009
New Report Measures the Human Costs of Coal
Global warming may not be the only good reason to get away from burning coal for energy generation. According to a new report from Physicians for Social Responsibility, coal has deadly effects on human health. By studying the impact of coal pollution on major human organ systems, researchers concluded that the energy source contributes to four of the nation's top five causes of death.
Source: Public News Service