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  • July 31, 2012
    PSR Addresses Anti-Fracking Rally at U.S. Capitol

    Catherine Thomasson, MD, PSR’s executive director, addressed thousands of people rallying at the U.S. Capitol on July 28 to protest pollution and climate change caused by “fracking.”

  • 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
  • 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
    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 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 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
    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 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: 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
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  • November 30, 2016
    Eating for Climate and Health
    PSR's new PowerPoint presentation on how climate change impacts food production, and agriculture's contribution to climate change.