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  • March 10, 2011
    Green light for polluters

    An op-ed co-authored by Western North Carolina PSR's Dr. Lewis Patrie.

    Source: News & Observer
  • March 7, 2011
    PSR Helps Negotiate Closure of Washington State’s Only Coal Plant

    Thanks to a negotiated agreement, Washington State’s only coal-fired power plant is now scheduled to slash its generating capacity in half by 2020 and close entirely by 2025.

  • March 5, 2011
    BPA ban necessary for Maine

    A letter to the editor by Daniel S. Oppenheim, PhD, MD, president of Maine PSR, on the need for regulation of bisphenol-A.

    Source: Portland Press Herald
  • March 4, 2011
    We must build on 40 years of cleaner air and better public health

    An op-ed co-authored by Austin PSR's Dr. Lisa Doggett and Marian Morris about the importance of the EPA's work for clean air in Texas.

    Source: Austin American-Statesman
  • March 2, 2011
    High-stakes debate looming over EPA power to regulate pollutants

    The showdown in the U.S. Congress over the EPA’s power to regulate pollutants has been slightly postponed, but recent actions by the House of Representatives make clear that the upcoming debate will be high-stakes.

  • March 2, 2011
    Coal’s Unpaid Bills: $345 Billion Annually

    A recent report estimates that coal’s impacts – including its effects on health and the damage in inflicts on the environment -- cost the U.S. about $345 billion annually. According to the report, a full rendering of coal’s costs would double to triple the price of coal-generated electricity.

  • February 28, 2011
    Urgent! Speak out for healthy air!

    Last week the House of Representatives passed a “Continuing Resolution” (budget bill) with amendments denying the EPA the power to regulate pollutants. The bill limited or revoked the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases, mercury and other air toxics, water pollutants, coal ash, and mountaintop removal wastes.

  • February 25, 2011
    Pennsylvanians didn't vote for dirtier air

    Dr. Robert Little, co-chairman of Harrisburg PSR, co-authors this op-ed on the Congressional attempt to strip EPA of its power to enforce clean air and water laws.

    Source: Patriot-News
  • February 25, 2011
    Congressional action would dismantle fundamental safeguards to health

    The U.S. House of Representatives launched a major assault on basic anti-pollution safeguards when it passed a “Continuing Resolution” on Feb. 19.

  • February 23, 2011
    An update from the Wisconsin conference

    From February 18 -20, more than 90 health care professionals and environmental advocates met in Madison, Wisconsin, to share the latest research showing environmental toxins impact on public health.

  • February 21, 2011
    EPA To Issue New Pollution Regulations

    The Environmental Protection Agency today is expected to issue regulations on pollution from big boilers and incinerators. Dr. James Plumb of Philadelphia PSR sees the equation as simple. “Just another step we need to take to protect human health and lives.”

    Source: CBS Philly
  • February 17, 2011
    Stop Washington state coal-energy production

    Energy policy is health policy, writes PSR member Dr. Howard Frumkin in this op-ed.

    Source: Seattle Times
  • February 15, 2011
    Opponents square off over Wash.'s coal-fired plant

    Dr. Alexander Hamling, a Washington PSR board member, warns of the public health dangers from coal pollution.

    Source: Seattle Times
  • February 14, 2011
    Chicago Power and Sweet Home: One Step Forward, One Step Back

    Chicago PSR was among public health and environmental groups that spoke at a Chicago City Council meeting recently in favor of a proposed Clean Power Ordinance.

    Source: Huffington Post
  • February 10, 2011
    Sierra Club launching campaign to protect EPA air rules

    The Sierra Club announced Thursday that it is launching a new campaign to stop efforts by Republicans to block Environmental Protection Agency air pollution rules. The environmental group is working closely with public health groups, including PSR, in the effort.

    Source: The Hill
  • February 10, 2011
    Doctors, Nurses Other Health Professionals Urge Congress To Resist Efforts To Weaken The Clean Air Act

    PSR Executive Director Dr. Peter Wilk urges Congress to consider the public health impact of pollutants and to protect the Clean Air Act.

    Source: Medical News Today
  • 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
    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 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
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