August 4, 2010
EPA Rejects Petitions to Overturn Greenhouse Gases Endangerment Finding
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week denied ten petitions challenging the EPA’s 2009 “Endangerment Finding” that greenhouse gases are a threat to human health as well as to the environment. Petitioners included the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Peabody Energy Company, State of Texas, Commonwealth of Virginia, Competitive Enterprise Institute, and Ohio Coal Association. Many have ties to the coal industry, whether as coal producers, industry fronted think tanks, or large-scale coal consumers. They had sought to discredit the scientific evidence marshaled by the EPA to support its findings.
July 29, 2010
PSR Applauds the EPA for Rejecting Petitions to Overturn Findings that Greenhouse Gases Threaten Human Health
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson announced today that after several months of careful review the agency will deny 10 petitions calling for the agency to reconsider its determination that six greenhouse gases in the atmosphere threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations.
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)
July 7, 2010
Toxic Chemical Lobby: Exclusive Leaked Footage
Watch the wacky video created by the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families coalition to galvanize public support for Congressional action, and have fun with a pretty serious issue. The characters you will meet in the video are cartoons, but the plot is ripped straight from the headlines.
Source: Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
July 1, 2010
Gulf Oil Spill Response
As crude oil gushes into the Gulf at an alarming rate, cleanup efforts are lagging behind. The ecosystems, economies, and health of the population of the Gulf Coast region are being threatened by this disaster. It is time to take a stand against our dependence on fossil fuels. Write a letter to your local representatives or to President Obama and urge them to pursue legislation that will put us on track to a cleaner energy future!
June 24, 2010
EPA Forced to Review Pesticide Testing on Humans
The Environmental Protection Agency will rewrite its policy on testing pesticides on humans after a settlement with environmental groups including San Francisco Bay Area PSR.
Source: Environment News Service
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.
June 24, 2010
Did the Nuclear Industry and Politicians Learn Anything from the BP Oil Spill?
This article quotes PSR on the dangers of deregulating nuclear reactors, as proposed in the American Power Act.
June 22, 2010
Gulf Oil Spill: Green Energy Is Healthy Energy
Chicago PSR president Dr. Sarah Lovinger writes on the health effects of climate change and the need for a green energy economy.
Source: Huffington Post
June 15, 2010
Do your allergies seem to get worse each year?
Dr. James Jones of Harrisburg PSR explains how air pollution has worsened allergies.
Source: Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
June 11, 2010
The Defeat of Senator Murkowski's Dirty Air Act represents a big win for safeguarding public health
The U.S. Senate defeated, 47 – 53, the Murkowski Dirty Air Act resolution, which would have tied the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) hands to control carbon pollution. By rejecting this resolution, the majority of the Senate voted to base U.S. climate policy on the burgeoning scientific evidence that climate change is underway, that human activity is a major driver of carbon pollution, and that urgent action is needed to protect human health and the environment.
June 7, 2010
"First Do No Harm: Environmental Responsibility in the NICU"
The Vermont Oxford Network just released a new eBook with contribution by longtime WPSR supporter and former staffer, Nancy Dickeman.
June 3, 2010
Farm Worker Health Act Passed by Calif. State Assembly
The measure, cosponsored by PSR Los Angeles, will reduce pesticide poisoning in California by streamlining the tracking of pesticide usage and worker pesticide exposure by state officials.
Source: California Newswire
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 20, 2010
New study links pesticides to ADHD
PSR Board Member Dr. Alan Lockwood discusses the effects of pesticides on the brain.
May 18, 2010
PSR Statement on Climate and Energy Legislation Recently Released by Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman
The long awaited climate bill seeks to address the grave threat to human health posed by climate change. Significant concerns still must be addressed to make this the solution we need.
May 14, 2010
Environmental Health Risks: Not Just Cancer
PSR's Environment & Health Director Dr. Kristen Welker-Hood discusses the risk of cancer from environmental toxins.
Source: Public News Service
May 11, 2010
Loaded With Chemicals
These remarks were delivered by Donna Yancey, RN, member of the Washington chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility at National Nurses Week, May 11, 2010. Ms. Yancey retired from Seattle Children’s Hospital as a nurse and has worked in the health care field for 45 years.
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