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  • January 28, 2012
    Living in the dusty shadow of coal mining

    While there has been limited research in Australia on the health effects of coal mining, extensive studies in the US by the Physicians for Social Responsibility found people living in high coal-producing counties had higher rates of cardiopulmonary disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hypertension and kidney disease compared with people in non-coal-producing counties.

    Source: The Australian
  • January 19, 2012
    PSR Iowa Leads Fight Against Nuclear Subsidies

    As the nuclear industry renews its effort to persuade legislators, taxpayers and ratepayers to prop up its uneconomic industry, PSR Iowa is leading a grassroots campaign against an advanced cost recovery bill, a measure which would enable utilities to collect the capital expense for a new nuclear reactor in advance from their customers.

  • 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.

  • January 18, 2012
    PSR Signals Intention to Sue U.S. EPA for Release of Coal Ash Rule

    PSR, acting with environmental organizations, filed a Notice of Intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to require the Agency to release rules for safe disposal of coal ash, the toxic waste left when electrical utilities burn coal.

  • January 15, 2012
    Proposed clean car standards would save Pa. families money

    Dr. Robert Little, co-chair of Harrisburg Physicians for Social Responsibility, explains the health impacts of particulate matter from car exhaust.

    Source: The Carlisle Sentinel
  • January 12, 2012
    Nuclear plant opponents in Fla. voice concerns

    Dr. Lynn Ringenberg, president of PSR Florida, said the new nuclear units just aren't worth the risk. It's been proven, she said, that even low levels of radiation can cause cancer.

    Source: Washington Examiner
  • January 12, 2012
    Educational Tools on Energy Criticized for Inaccuracies

    "The information being presented to students misleads them on very basic questions of health and safety. Fossil fuels like coal have very damaging effects on health, and schools should warn students about them, not ignore them," noted Barbara Gottlieb, Director of Environment and Health at Physicians for Social Responsibility.

  • January 12, 2012
    EPA Passes Mercury Emissions Ruling

    Arizona PSR participated in actions to encourage the EPA to pass more stringent mercury emmissions controls for industries such as coal plants, waste management of coal burning, and others. This article includes a statement from Arizona PSR on the good news of the EPA ruling.

  • January 12, 2012
    Two Decades of Work Result in Strong Rules to Reduce Toxic Mercury Exposure

    Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) has worked for twenty-two years to protect the public from the severe toxic effects of mercury. Mercury, a neurotoxin, damages the developing brain; fetuses, infants and children exposed to mercury can suffer lifelong developmental delays, loss of IQ and mental retardation. In adults, mercury can damage the heart and kidneys.

  • January 12, 2012
    EPA's New Mercury & Air Toxics Rule Called a "Victory for Children"

    PSR chapters across the country celebrated the EPA’s recent finalization of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards rule. This rule is a huge victory for human health, particularly for children, who can face developmental delays and mental retardation due to mercury exposure.

  • January 6, 2012
    Time to fix our nuclear waste disposal system

    An op-ed by PSR Board member Dr. Jeff Patterson on the dangers of nuclear waste.

    Source: Santa Monica Daily Press
  • January 4, 2012
    PSR-LA Asks for Review of EPA Action on Air Pollutants

    PSR-Los Angeles, along with NRDC and Communities for a Better Environment, are asking a federal appeals court to review an action by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that lets a local air quality agency avoid monitoring pollutants from area freeways.

    Source: Long Beach Report
  • January 4, 2012
    Catherine Thomasson Becomes Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility

    Dr. Catherine Thomasson, an Oregon physician and leading advocate on health-related impacts on nuclear weapons and climate change, became executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility on January 1, 2012.

  • December 28, 2011
    Republicans undermining environmental protections

    A letter to the editor from PSR board member Dr. Alan Lockwood.

    Source: Buffalo News
  • December 22, 2011
    Mercury poisoning still a problem in Maine, worldwide

    An op-ed from PSR Maine Board member Dr. James H. Maier on the effects of mercury.

    Source: Kennebec Journal
  • December 15, 2011
    Toxics Poster Now Available in Arabic!

    History of toxics poster now available in Arabic.

  • December 9, 2011
    “No Thank You” to Genetically Modified Organisms

    FoodMed 2011 offers presentations on compelling and cutting edge topics linking food to human health.

  • December 7, 2011
    PSR calls for strengthened Biological Weapons Convention inspections and protocols to close loopholes

    Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) applauds the Obama Administration’s decision to send U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the Biological Weapons Convention Review Conference underway in Geneva Switzerland.

  • December 6, 2011
    Video: Jeffrey Patterson on Nuclear Power and Human Health

    Dr. Jeffrey Patterson, former president of Physicians for Social Responsibility talks with Earth Focus about the links between nuclear power and human health.

  • November 28, 2011
    Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies adopts historic resolution calling for a nuclear free world

    In a momentous decision, the Council of Delegates of the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies has adopted, by acclamation, a resolution calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons and calling on all national societies to conduct educational campaigns about the unique, catastrophic, and humanitarian consequences of nuclear war.

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