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."
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: 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.
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).
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