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PSR in the News

  • Collins, Snowe get thanks for New Start
    December 24, 2010

    "By ratifying this treaty, the United States is taking a leading role among nations, which will allow us to urge others to take similar steps toward a safer world," said Dr. Daniel Oppenheim, co-president of the Maine chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

    Source: Portland Press Herald
  • Coal Ash and Mercury: why coal is a health hazard
    December 22, 2010

    A new report Coal Ash, the toxic threat to our health and environment has been published by Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) in the USA. It is an analysis of the health hazards of the legacy of coal combustion, the coal ash dumps that epitomise power generation landscapes.

    Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Predicting the World’s Next Water Pollution Disaster
    December 21, 2010

    About a third of the nation’s coal ash storage sites are wet ponds. “These are the ones that have the potential of a catastrophe such as we saw in Tennessee,” said Barbara Gottlieb, who directs the coal program Code Black for the Physicians for Social Responsibility.

    Source: National Geographic
  • Doctors lobby for alternatives to coal
    December 14, 2010

    Maureen McCue, a University of Iowa professor and coordinator of the Iowa chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, said her group is launching an educational campaign to make Iowans aware of the health risks and costs associated with the state's reliance on burning coal to generate nearly 75 percent of its electricity.

    Source: Quad City Business Journal
  • Don't let Kyl and his cohorts kill New START Treaty
    December 14, 2010

    An op-ed by former PSR presidents Ira Helfand, MD, and John O. Pastore, MD.

    Source: Providence Journal
  • Longview’s approval of coal exports ignites challenge from conservation groups
    December 14, 2010

    Conservation groups are challenging the approval of a project to export coal to Asia from Longview. Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility called the project a “lose-lose-lose proposition for human health.”

    Source: Daily Astorian
  • Doctors lobby for alternatives to coal
    December 14, 2010

    The group Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility (IPSR) launched an anti-coal campaign today. IPSR Coordinator Maureen McCue spoke at a statehouse press conference and released a report showing 92% of Iowans live within 30 miles of a coal plant.

    Source: Radio Iowa
  • Push the LADWP to be coal-free
    December 12, 2010

    This article on coal power in Los Angeles quotes PSR on the health impacts of coal-fired power plants.

    Source: Los Angeles Daily News
  • Snowe, Collins support New START treaty
    December 11, 2010

    Roger Fenn, spokesman for the Maine chapter of the group Physicians for Social Responsibility, said he was pleased to hear the announcements. “It still is an urgent item on the Senate agenda since more than a year has passed since the original START expired and we lost the ability to verify Russian compliance under the old treaty.”

    Source: Morning Sentinal
  • BPA Found On Money, Receipts: Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Study
    December 9, 2010

    Bisphenol A is widely found on dollar bills and receipts, according to a new study conducted by Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and the Washington Toxics Coalition. PSR is a member of the diverse coalition that released this report about the hormone disrupting chemical.

    Source: Huffington Post
  • A 40th birthday to remember
    December 9, 2010

    This article on the 40th anniversary of the Clean Air Act mentions PSR's support of enacting a stricter health-based standard for smog rules.

    Source: The Hill
  • The cables make the case for START
    December 9, 2010

    John Pastore, MD and Ira Helfand, MD, both past presidents of PSR, argue that the leaked diplomatic cables show a need for the ratification of New START.

    Source: The Keene Sentinel
  • Two Years After the Tennessee Spill, Coal Ash Still Pollutes Nationwide
    December 7, 2010

    PSR is mentioned in this article on the environmental impacts of coal ash.

    Source: Treehugger
  • Schwarzenegger's Toxic Legacy: Californians' Health, Environment Betrayed By Last Minute Green Chemistry Bait-and-Switch
    December 4, 2010

    Martha Dina Argüello, Executive Director of PSR Los Angeles, discusses the effects of a last-minute change to the Green Chemistry Initiative in California.

    Source: YubaNet
  • START needs Snowe, Collins to forgo political posturing
    December 4, 2010

    An op-ed on the ratification of New START by Dr. Lani Graham, co-president of Maine PSR.

    Source: Morning Sentinel
  • Dispute in Pennsylvania Town Highlights EPA's Coal Ash Dilemma
    December 3, 2010

    The non-profit health advocacy group Physicians for Social Responsibility say ash dumps pose “an acute risk of cancer and neurological effects as well as many other negative health impacts.”

    Source: Center for Public Integrity
  • Republicans warming to Russian arms treaty
    December 1, 2010

    Dr. Ira Helfand, a doctor in Springfield who is on the board of the national Physicians for Social Responsibility, said he met Senator Brown twice in Washington this year to urge him to vote in favor of the New START treaty.

    Source: Boston Globe
  • Commissioners Approve Coal Export Facility in Washington State
    November 25, 2010

    Cherie Eichholz, Executive Director of Washington PSR, explains the dangerous health impacts of coal plants.

    Source: Media Newswire
  • Leading the way in support of new START
    November 21, 2010

    Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Nobel Prize winning International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War have been advocating tirelessly for ensuring that our world becomes a safer place with the long-term reduction nuclear weapons.

    Source: Lewiston Sun Journal
  • Peter Wilk, MD Don't play politics with new START treaty
    November 19, 2010

    PSR Executive Director Peter Wilk, MD writes on CNN.com that ratification of the New START Treaty can't wait any longer.

    Source: CNN
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