July 24, 2012
PSR speaks out against fracking
PSR’s executive director will be a featured speaker at the first nationwide demonstration to protest the use of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in natural gas and oil extraction.
April 30, 2012
Doctors Press Court to Release Records in Gas Fracking Case
A brief in support of the newspapers was filed on behalf of Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility, and other groups.
Source: Business Week
March 15, 2012
Oregon Health Authority Grants Bull Run Treatment Variance
On March 14th, the OHA released its Final Order granting a variance from the federal and state requirement that the Portland Water Bureau treat Bull Run source water for Cryptosporidium. Oregon PSR and our dedicated volunteers were instrumental in securing this variance.
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.
October 25, 2011
Hundreds Gather in Seattle for Healthy Hospital Food Conference
"I think this is the most energized and inspiring group of people I have been around," said Lucia Sayre, co-chair of the HFHC program and Co-Director, Bay Area Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Source: The Sacramento Bee
August 31, 2011
Toxin-Free Infants and Toddlers Act Passes CA Senate
Executive Director of PSR-LA, Martha Dina Arguello, described the vote as "part of reasserting California's leadership on environmental health protections."
Source: Ms. Magazine
August 16, 2011
Doctors Take Aim At Antibiotic Resistance From Factory Farming
Lucia Sayre, co-executive director at the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of PSR, says tapping the power and respect of the medical community can provide the necessary boost to change the food industry.
Source: Huffington Post
May 12, 2011
Reproductive health and the industrialized food system
SF PSR co-executive director Lucia Sayre has co-authored an article in Health Affairs, the leading journal of health policy, on chemicals in the food system. In it she provides an overview of how our industrialized food system contributes to adverse reproductive and developmental health impacts.
Source: Health Affairs
April 20, 2011
The Portland Water Bureau needs to hit the pause button
An op-ed coauthored by Oregon PSR executive director Kelly Campbell on a proposed water treatment plant in Portland.
Source: The Oregonian
March 23, 2011
Radiation Risks in Tokyo's Water Supply Are Slight, Safety Experts Say
PSR's Dr. Alan Lockwood explains the connection between thyroid cancer and iodine-131, which has been found in Tokyo's water supply.
Source: Wall Street Journal
March 23, 2011
Radiation found in Tokyo tap water
PSR's Dr. Alan Lockwood explains the risk of cancer from nuclear accidents.
Source: USA Today
March 23, 2011
Physicians for Social Responsibility Deeply Concerned About Reports of Increased Radioactivity in Food Supply
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) expressed concern over recent reports that radioactivity from the ongoing Fukushima accident is present in the Japanese food supply.
March 12, 2011
Japan's Radiation Exposure: How Serious Is It?
"Strontium is chemicaly similar to calcium," says Dr. Ira Helfand, a board member for Physicians for Social Responsibility. "So it gets incorporated into bones and teeth and can stay there, irradiating the body, for a long time."
March 10, 2011
Green light for polluters
An op-ed co-authored by Western North Carolina PSR's Dr. Lewis Patrie.
Source: News & Observer
February 25, 2011
Pennsylvanians didn't vote for dirtier air
Dr. Robert Little, co-chairman of Harrisburg PSR, co-authors this op-ed on the Congressional attempt to strip EPA of its power to enforce clean air and water laws.
February 25, 2011
Congressional action would dismantle fundamental safeguards to health
The U.S. House of Representatives launched a major assault on basic anti-pollution safeguards when it passed a “Continuing Resolution” on Feb. 19.
February 9, 2011
PSR Releases New Report on Hexavalent Chromium in Coal Ash
In a just-released report, PSR and two environmental organizations have revealed that most of the chromium that leaches from coal ash into ground and surface water takes the form of highly carcinogenic hexavalent chromium. Long known to cause lung cancer when inhaled, hexavalent chromium has been shown to cause stomach cancer in humans, and intestinal and oral cancers in laboratory animals, when ingested in water.
February 4, 2011
Carcinogen tied to coal ash pollution
A new report from environmental and social justice groups reports that hexavalent chromium, a chemical linked to cancer, is regularly leached from coal ash sites. The report, “EPA's Blind Spot: Hexavalent Chromium in Coal Ash,” is a collaboration of the law firm Earthjustice, PSR and the Environmental Integrity Project.
Source: Beckley Register-Herald
February 3, 2011
Hexavalent chromium pollution linked to coal ash disposal
A report released this week titled "EPA's Blind Spot: Hexavalent Chromium in Coal Ash" was produced with Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Environmental Integrity Project.
Source: Facing South
February 2, 2011
Report says fly ash sites leak chromium into water
Two southwestern Pennsylvania fly ash disposal sites are among 28 such sites in 17 states that have contaminated groundwater by leaking toxic, cancer-causing hexavalent chromium, according to a new report co-authored by PSR.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette