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  • 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
  • December 4, 2010
    Schwarzenegger's Toxic Legacy: Californians' Health, Environment Betrayed By Last Minute Green Chemistry Bait-and-Switch

    Martha Dina Argüello, Executive Director of PSR Los Angeles, discusses the effects of a last-minute change to the Green Chemistry Initiative in California.

    Source: YubaNet
  • December 3, 2010
    Dispute in Pennsylvania Town Highlights EPA's Coal Ash Dilemma

    The non-profit health advocacy group Physicians for Social Responsibility say ash dumps pose “an acute risk of cancer and neurological effects as well as many other negative health impacts.”

    Source: Center for Public Integrity
  • November 30, 2010
    Documentary Filmmaker Focuses on Paradox Valley Uranium Mill

    The Piñon Ridge plant, located in southwestern Colorado, was recently approved by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment project and will be the first new uranium processing mill in the U.S. in more than 25 years. Filmmaker Richard Linnett is following the issue for in order to document the community impact.

    Source: Paradox Valley USA Website
  • November 29, 2010
    Breaking Away From Coal

    Over the last year and a half, at least 10 power companies have announced plans to close more than three dozen of their oldest, least efficient coal-burning generators by 2019. A few are being replaced by new, more efficient coal plants, but many more are being replaced by gas-fired plants.

    Source: New York Times
  • November 25, 2010
    Commissioners Approve Coal Export Facility in Washington State

    Cherie Eichholz, Executive Director of Washington PSR, explains the dangerous health impacts of coal plants.

    Source: Media Newswire
  • November 18, 2010
    Coal ash: Truly hazardous

    PSR national board member and Washington PSR President Steven Gilbert, PhD, DABT, explains the dangerous health effects of hazardous coal ash waste and urges the EPA to enact strong regulations on coal ash disposal.

    Source: The Salt Lake Tribune
  • November 18, 2010
    PSR Testifies for Health-protective Coal Ash Disposal

    Seizing an opportunity to shape a policy with nationwide implications for health, PSR mobilized its network to urge the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to adopt strong, health-protective regulations for the disposal of coal ash.

  • October 29, 2010
    Coal starts dirty and ends dirty

    A recent report by the group Physicians for Social Responsibility titled "Coal Ash -- The toxic threat to our health and environment" provides an overview of the specific dangers linked with coal ash and the scale of the problem in the United States.

    Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
  • October 27, 2010
    PSR brings health concerns to the fore as EPA hearings scrutinize coal ash

    PSR chapters, board members and staff have been raising concerns nationwide about the health impacts of coal ash disposal. Barbara Gottlieb was interviewed on the Knoxville, TN NPR station the morning of the final EPA public hearing on coal ash regulation.

    Source: WUOT
  • October 27, 2010
    Koch Leaves Federal Cancer Panel as Groups Urge Ethics Probe

    Energy magnate David Koch ceded his spot on a National Cancer Institute advisory board last month, but green advocates including PSR are taking aim at the conservative mega-donor nonetheless by calling for a review of federal ethics policies that allowed him to sit on the panel despite a potential conflict of interest.

    Source: New York Times
  • October 15, 2010
    PSR Meets with EPA on Coal Ash

    PSR met recently with the Environmental Protection Agency to present our new report on coal ash and health and to voice support for strong, health-protective regulation of coal ash disposal. Our presentation focused on concerns that highlight the need for robust regulation at the federal level – including, in some cases, steps that go beyond the EPA’s current proposal.

  • 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 29, 2010
    PSR Launches Environmental Health Policy Institute

    The Environmental Health Policy Institute aims to host inspired conversation about toxic chemicals as well as cross-cutting issues in environmental health science and policy. WPSR President Steven Gilbert, PhD, DABT, is one of the first contributors!

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  • April 25, 2014
    4th Annual Soul of Medicine Dinner
    Friday, April 25th. Chicago PSR's annual celebration, this year honoring Dr. David Ansell. Free for medical students.