January 11, 2010
What the EPA’s “Chemicals of Concern” Plans Really Mean
The agency's environmental and health concerns about phthalates, PBDEs and two other chemical types marks a shift in federal policy and is sparking policy changes in advance of anticipated regulations.
Source: Scientific American
January 7, 2010
EPA seeks stricter limits on smog pollutants
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed limiting the allowable amount of pollution-forming ozone in the air from 75 to between 60 and 70 parts per billion for any eight-hour period, significantly tightening rules the Bush administration had set for the nation's most widespread air pollutant.
Source: The Washington Post
January 4, 2010
Use of potentially harmful chemicals kept secret under law
Of the 84,000 chemicals in commercial use in the United States -- from flame retardants in furniture to household cleaners -- nearly 20 percent are secret, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, their names and physical properties guarded from consumers and virtually all public officials under a little-known federal provision.
Source: The Washington Post
January 3, 2010
Obama presses review of nuclear strategy
Top US officials are now questioning why the United States still pursues a strategy based on the ability to annihilate its former foe. In a thorough review expected to be completed early this year, the size, structure, and even the very mission of America’s nuclear arsenal are being reconsidered as part of President Obama’s pledge to reduce the role of the world’s most deadly weapons.
Source: The Boston Globe
December 7, 2009
US Dept of Energy Says 'No' to Jamestown, NY's Dirty Coal Proposal
Dr. Alan Lockwood, a PSR board member, applauds the Department of Energy's decision not to fund a proposed coal plant in Jamestown, New York.
Source: Environmental Advocates of New York
November 10, 2009
Eco-advocate grades Obama
Former PSR Executive Director Dr. Bob Musil on President Obama's environmental policies.
Source: SMC Collegian (California)
October 1, 2009
US Senate Introduces Long-Awaited Climate Bill
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) applauds Senators Kerry and Boxer for introducing the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act.
September 23, 2009
PSR defends EPA authority
PSR is working intensively to assure that the EPA’s power to regulate emissions of carbon dioxide from the biggest polluters is not stripped away.
August 27, 2009
PSR Announces Position on Healthcare Reform
We contend that healthcare reform should create a program that will ensure access to primary and preventive medical care to all inhabitants of the United States. Creation of a universal comprehensive primary and preventive care program in the United States that also addresses the major social determinants of health would be an investment that will pay dividends in improved health, increased productivity, and reduced cost for care as is enjoyed by developed nations except the United States.
July 2, 2009
House Passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act is an Historic Milestone; Stronger Action is Essential
PSR recognizes the historic significance of House passage on June 26, 2009, of the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES). For the first time, a branch of Congress has taken responsibility for acting to comprehensively reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
May 22, 2009
EPA to restore scientific review process
In a bid to restore the primacy of science in setting air-pollution standards at the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced yesterday that she was reestablishing a key process in which agency scientists issue "staff papers" outlining options for policymakers to consider in establishing air-quality levels for key pollutants.
Source: Philidelphia Inquirer
May 22, 2009
PSR Calls on Members of Congress to Strengthen H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, in order to Protect Public Health
PSR expresses its appreciation to representatives Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) and other members for their leadership in moving a comprehensive energy and climate bill, H.R. 2454, through the House Energy and Commerce Committee. However, in order to protect public health from the most catastrophic impacts of global warming, PSR is calling for significant improvements in the bill to make it more effective.
May 18, 2009
PSR Calls on the EPA to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions Immediately
Testifying today before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Dr. Peter Wilk, Executive Director for PSR, called on the agency to move forward quickly with regulations to control the emissions of greenhouse gases that are contributing to global warming and creating a serious public health threat.
April 17, 2009
Health Threat Evident, U.S. Must Address Global Warming to Protect the Public
Today the Environmental Protection Agency made an endangerment finding regarding the emission of greenhouse gases that cause global warming. The finding, a requirement of the Clean Air Act recently upheld by the Supreme Court, makes it clear that greenhouse gas emissions must be regulated in order to control global warming and protect human health.
March 11, 2009
President Signs Omnibus Spending Bill, Promotes Security and Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Today President Obama signed the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act, H.R. 1105, which continues the policy shift away from the build up of nuclear weapons and toward efforts to stabilize U.S. relations throughout the world.
February 25, 2009
House Passes Omnibus Spending Bill, Promotes Security and Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act, H.R. 1105, and continued the policy shift away from the build up of nuclear weapons and toward efforts to stabilize U.S. relations throughout the world.
February 12, 2009
Physicians Applaud Conferees for Negotiating a Cleaner, Healthier Stimulus Bill
PSR applauds the efforts of conferees to strip unnecessary funding from the stimulus bill -- The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act -- while promoting cleaner energy choices that will help to reduce the pollutants impacting America’s health. In particular PSR opposed funding for dirty and dangerous energy sources like coal and nuclear power.
January 29, 2009
Senate Stimulus Package Shovels Unneeded Funds to Dirty, Dangerous Power Sources
While the need to move forward with an economic stimulus plan is evident, Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) points out that billions of dollars in the Senate draft for the stimulus package The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, S 336 - will be wasted on dirty and dangerous energy sources, particularly coal and nuclear power.
October 20, 2008
Human Testing Exposing Children to Chemicals
Survey among science and health advocates reveals toxic chemical exposure crisis in America
October 20, 2008
Top 5 Worst Actions of the Bush Administration
Physicians for Social Responsibility and other health advocates surveyed more than 100 thought leaders and identified the Top 5 worst actions of the current administration that have led to widespread contamination from chemicals.