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  • 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 9, 2011
    Doctors, Nurses, other Health Professionals Urge Congress to Resist Efforts to Weaken the Clean Air Act

    Leading public health organizations announced today that 1,882 physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, certified asthma educators and other health and medical professionals from all 50 states and the District of Columbia sent a letter to President Obama, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives urging them to uphold the protections established in the Clean Air Act.

  • 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 members tell Washington State Legislators 'we can do better on toxics!'

    Now that the Children's Safe Products Bill has been introduced in Olympia, WPSR members are making their voices heard.

  • 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
    Poor Americans Face More Toxic Exposure

    This article on the effects of environmental toxins on low-income communities quotes PSR's fact sheet on toxic chemicals and environmental justice.

    Source: Huffington Post
  • January 27, 2011
    Ban Toxic BPA: Environmental Health Groups Support New Bills in Congress

    Environmental health advocacy groups concerned with toxic chemicals in food and beverages applaud Senator Diane Feinstein and Representative Edward Markey, who both introduced bills this week to limit hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol A in baby bottles, sippy cups and food and beverage containers.

  • 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
    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
  • January 6, 2011
    E.P.A. Faces First Volley From the House

    The newly empowered Republicans in the House aren’t wasting any time making good on their pledge to throttle the Environmental Protection Agency.

    Source: New York Times
  • 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
    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 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 9, 2010
    A 40th birthday to remember

    This article on the 40th anniversary of the Clean Air Act mentions PSR's support of enacting a stricter health-based standard for smog rules.

    Source: The Hill
  • December 9, 2010
    BPA Found On Money, Receipts: Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Study

    Bisphenol A is widely found on dollar bills and receipts, according to a new study conducted by Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and the Washington Toxics Coalition. PSR is a member of the diverse coalition that released this report about the hormone disrupting chemical.

    Source: Huffington Post
  • 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
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