May 27, 2015
A powerful article about a prison built next to a coal ash/coal slurry dump--and one prisoner's rapid and frightening decline in health. Was coal ash responsible? PSR provided the background information on the toxic substances in coal ash and their possible health consequences for the prison inmates.
Source: International Business Times
May 26, 2015
Clean Water Rule: A Win for Public Health
The release today of the Clean Water Rule (also known as the Waters of the U.S. rule) marks a strong step forward in protecting the streams and wetlands that are the headwaters of drinking water supplies for one in three U.S. residents.
May 11, 2015
Health Professionals Call for Denial of Oil-By-Rail Terminal Permits in Oregon and Washington
Nearly 300 doctors, nurses and other health professionals called on Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Oregon Governor Kate Brown to deny permits for proposed new and expanded oil-by-rail facilities.
April 21, 2015
Philly's Earth Day challenge: Greenest city or energy hub?
An op-ed by PSR Philadelphia's Cherie Eichholz and Teresa Méndez-Quigley.
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
April 19, 2015
Toxics bill fails to put New Jerseyans' health and safety first
An op-ed by PSR member Dr. Aly Cohen.
Source: NJ Environment News
April 15, 2015
Columbia River Threatened by New Oil Refinery and Explosive Oil Trains
The rapid growth of oil trains in the Pacific Northwest now brings a new threat: a proposal for an unprecedented new oil refinery on the Columbia River.
April 13, 2015
Obama is on the right track with the EPA clean power plan
An op-ed from Dr. Robert Little of Harrisburg PSR.
Source: The Patriot-News
April 12, 2015
No evidence supports the claim of health damage caused by wind turbines
An op-ed by PSR Board Member Dr. Alan Lockwood.
Source: The Buffalo News
April 12, 2015
Let's embrace clean energy solutions to solve public health problems
An op-ed by Harrisburg PSR's Drs. James E. Jones and Bob Arnold.
Source: The Patriot-News
April 9, 2015
Climate effects on health are important to know
A letter to the editor from Arizona PSR's Dr. Barbara Warren.
Source: Arizona Daily Star
April 7, 2015
Nearly 1,000 health professionals call for climate action during National Public Health Week
More heat waves, worse air pollution, and the spread of diseases to new areas are among the growing health threats from climate change, more than 950 health professionals warned in a letter to President Obama today, delivered as part of National Public Health Week.
April 6, 2015
Former Gov. Bob Martinez Receives the T. Terrell Sessums Award
Tampa native and former Florida Governor Bob Martinez was this year’s recipient of the 6th Annual T. Terrell Sessums Award in recognition of his state and community leadership, high standards and environmental stewardship.
March 26, 2015
Health of millions at stake in emissions curb ruling, environmentalists warn
"A fifth of women of child-bearing years have mercury levels in their bodies that we know are not healthy and can cause problems with developing fetuses," said Dr Catherine Thomasson, the executive director of the national lobbying group Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Source: The Guardian
March 1, 2015
The Navajo Generating Station was supposed to improve the lives of the native people living in its shadow, but its only real legacy is the polluted skies over the American Southwest.
Source: National Parks Magazine
February 24, 2015
Keystone Pipeline News--5 Health Reasons to Herald the End of the Keystone Pipeline
Physicians for Social Responsibility applauds President Obama’s decision to veto the congressional bill to advance the Keystone XL pipeline.
February 22, 2015
Toxic Waste in the US: Coal Ash
Important piece on toxic coal ash, featuring PSR's Barb Gottlieb explaining the health impacts.
Source: Vice News
February 17, 2015
How Coal Kills
According to Coal's Assault on Human Health, a report by PSR, coal combustion releases mercury, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and other substances known to be hazardous to human health.
Source: Scientific American
January 14, 2015
Decisions about environment affect our health
An op-ed from Florida PSR's Dr. Lonnie Draper.
Source: Tallahassee Democrat
December 30, 2014
Risks From Oil Terminal
A letter to the editor on the public safety risks of a proposed oil terminal in Vancouver, WA, by WPSR Executive Director Laura Skelton and member Dr. Michael Soman.
Source: New York Times
December 18, 2014
Why Columbia's ash pond was given 'high' hazard potential rating
"If you live in a community where there is uncovered dry coal ash deposit and the wind blows you may be inhaling cadmium," PSR's Barbara Gottleib said. "The threats from cadmium are pretty severe: kidney disease, lung diseases like emphysema."