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  • March 1, 2012
    4th Annual NW Environmental Health Conference Presentations Now Available

  • 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.

    Source: WYPR
  • 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
    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 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 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 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 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
  • December 15, 2011
    What's next for anti-BPA campaign?

    Source: The Portland Tribune
  • 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.

    Source: WGME
  • November 17, 2011
    Consider mining's bad health impacts

    PSR Wisconsin member Dr. Robert T. Block explains the health impacts of a proposed mining bill in Wisconsin.

    Source: Wisconsin State Journal
  • 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.

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