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  • 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 found in Tokyo tap water

    PSR's Dr. Alan Lockwood explains the risk of cancer from nuclear accidents.

    Source: USA Today
  • 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
    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."

    Source: 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
    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 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.

    Source: Patriot-News
  • 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: Coal ash disposal sites release chromium into groundwater

    A new report by Earthjustice, PSR and the Environmental Integrity Project indicated that 28 fly ash disposal sites in 17 states have leaked toxic hexavalent chromium into groundwater.

    Source: Water Technology Online
  • 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
  • January 27, 2011
    Ban Toxic BPA: Environmental Health Groups Support New Bills in Congress

    Environmental health advocacy groups concerned with toxic chemicals in food and beverages applaud Senator Diane Feinstein and Representative Edward Markey, who both introduced bills this week to limit hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol A in baby bottles, sippy cups and food and beverage containers.

  • December 27, 2010
    Healthier Hospital Food -- For Us and the Earth

    Lucia Sayre discusses San Francisco Bay Area PSR's Balanced Menus program.

    Source: Miller-McCune
  • December 14, 2010
    PSR Assails Health Risks from Coal Ash

    PSR mobilized health professionals to testify against unsafe coal ash disposal at EPA hearings around the country. PSR also wrote and distributed a new study, “Coal Ash: The Toxic Threat to Our Health and Environment.”

  • September 3, 2010
    PSR calls on EPA for Tougher Regulation of Toxic Coal Ash

    PSR testified recently before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the health risks associated with coal ash, at the first of seven EPA hearings on disposal of this dangerous coal combustion waste product.

  • December 28, 2009
    American Public Health Association says FDA should ban rBGH

    APHA along with PSR Oregon and other advocacy groups warn of health risks from recombinant bovine growth hormone (rGBH).

    Source: Examiner.com
  • September 12, 2009
    Clean Water Laws Are Neglected, at a Cost in Suffering

    The NYT launches a major series on the Clean Water Act with a focus on toxic contaminants – lead, nickel and other heavy metals -- in the drinking water of a community near a WV coal mine. But as the article makes clear, worsening pollution in American waters affects thousands of communities nationwide.

    Source: New York Times
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  • August 23, 2016
    Speaking Tour: Heat Advisory
    PSR's Dr. Alan Lockwood will visit 7 states this fall to highlight the health effects of climate change and speak about his new book, Heat Advisory.