March 29, 2012
EPA Acts to Reduce Industrial Carbon Pollution from New Power Plants -- A Critical First!
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) applauds the new standards announced by the Environmental Protection Agency on March 27 to limit industrial carbon pollution from new power plants.
March 27, 2012
PSR intervenes in lawsuit against EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Rule
PSR has intervened in a lawsuit to defend the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s newly proposed rule to regulate mercury and air toxics from coal-fired power plants.
February 29, 2012
Phase out reliance on coal and use efficient energies
A letter to the editor from Harrisburg PSR's Dr. James E. Jones.
Source: The Patriot-News
February 23, 2012
PSR petitions White House for safe coal ash disposal
PSR is petitioning the White House to have the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) release health-protective standards for disposal of coal ash.
February 17, 2012
PSR: Cost of Wind Power Far Lower Than Cost of Damaging Health Effects From Coal
Moving the U.S. off of polluting, carbon-heavy coal-fired electricity will be much easier when clean, healthy renewable energy sources are in place. To that end, Catherine Thomasson MD, PSR’s new executive director, testified on February 14 in favor of a bill to facilitate development of an off-shore wind farm off the Atlantic coast.
February 16, 2012
Expert and author on coal and health is in Fairbanks
Dr. Alan H. Lockwood, an Emeritus Professor of Neurology at the University of Buffalo and a member of Physicians for Social Responsibility, was in Fairbanks as a guest of the Alaska Community Action on Toxics and the Northern Alaska Environmental Center.
Source: Fairbanks Daily News
February 15, 2012
O'Malley Makes Pitch For Offshore Wind Power
PSR Executive Director Dr. Catherine Thomasson explains the public health costs of coal-fired power plants.
January 28, 2012
Living in the dusty shadow of coal mining
While there has been limited research in Australia on the health effects of coal mining, extensive studies in the US by the Physicians for Social Responsibility found people living in high coal-producing counties had higher rates of cardiopulmonary disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hypertension and kidney disease compared with people in non-coal-producing counties.
Source: The Australian
January 18, 2012
PSR Signals Intention to Sue U.S. EPA for Release of Coal Ash Rule
PSR, acting with environmental organizations, filed a Notice of Intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to require the Agency to release rules for safe disposal of coal ash, the toxic waste left when electrical utilities burn coal.
January 18, 2012
Health Group Announces Intent to Sue EPA Over Toxic Coal Ash
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) joined environmental groups in announcing their intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in federal court to force the release of long-awaited federal safeguards for toxic coal ash.
January 12, 2012
Two Decades of Work Result in Strong Rules to Reduce Toxic Mercury Exposure
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) has worked for twenty-two years to protect the public from the severe toxic effects of mercury. Mercury, a neurotoxin, damages the developing brain; fetuses, infants and children exposed to mercury can suffer lifelong developmental delays, loss of IQ and mental retardation. In adults, mercury can damage the heart and kidneys.
January 12, 2012
Educational Tools on Energy Criticized for Inaccuracies
"The information being presented to students misleads them on very basic questions of health and safety. Fossil fuels like coal have very damaging effects on health, and schools should warn students about them, not ignore them," noted Barbara Gottlieb, Director of Environment and Health at Physicians for Social Responsibility.
January 12, 2012
EPA's New Mercury & Air Toxics Rule Called a "Victory for Children"
PSR chapters across the country celebrated the EPA’s recent finalization of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards rule. This rule is a huge victory for human health, particularly for children, who can face developmental delays and mental retardation due to mercury exposure.
January 4, 2012
PSR-LA Asks for Review of EPA Action on Air Pollutants
PSR-Los Angeles, along with NRDC and Communities for a Better Environment, are asking a federal appeals court to review an action by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that lets a local air quality agency avoid monitoring pollutants from area freeways.
Source: Long Beach Report
December 28, 2011
Republicans undermining environmental protections
A letter to the editor from PSR board member Dr. Alan Lockwood.
Source: Buffalo News
December 22, 2011
Mercury poisoning still a problem in Maine, worldwide
An op-ed from PSR Maine Board member Dr. James H. Maier on the effects of mercury.
Source: Kennebec Journal
November 28, 2011
Southenders air their concerns: Film featuring local interviews about Muscatine's air quality will be shown here next week
The short film "Southend," which was financed by Iowa PSR, features interviews with Muscatine, Iowa residents on the health effects of local air pollution.
Source: Muscatine Journal
November 22, 2011
Video: Toxic Toys
Dr. Lani Graham, PSR Maine board member, discusses the toxics found in children's toys.
November 17, 2011
PSR chapters continue to fight coal
PSR chapters continue to make powerful strides to get the U.S. off of coal and onto clean, healthy, renewable energy sources. Just in the past week, PSR activists in Oregon, Iowa and Michigan conducted an impressive series of public events, media visits and Grand Rounds presentations.
November 16, 2011
Students protest UI's use of coal
“We can’t afford to ignore the costs of coal,” Maureen McCue, director of Iowa PSR and an adjunct clinical professor in the UI College of Public Health, told advocates Wednesday.
Source: Iowa City Press Citizen