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  • 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
  • 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
  • Coal ash: Truly hazardous
    November 18, 2010

    PSR national board member and Washington PSR President Steven Gilbert, PhD, DABT, explains the dangerous health effects of hazardous coal ash waste and urges the EPA to enact strong regulations on coal ash disposal.

    Source: The Salt Lake Tribune
  • Senate should go ahead, approve new arms treaty
    November 13, 2010

    An op-ed by Lewis Patrie, MD, of Western North Carolina PSR on the need for New START.

    Source: Ashville Citizen-Times
  • Maine Voices: New START needs GOP support to pass
    November 11, 2010

    An op-ed by Maine PSR co-president Daniel Oppenheim, Ph.D., MD on the new START treaty.

    Source: Portland Press Herald
  • Coal starts dirty and ends dirty
    October 29, 2010

    A recent report by the group Physicians for Social Responsibility titled "Coal Ash -- The toxic threat to our health and environment" provides an overview of the specific dangers linked with coal ash and the scale of the problem in the United States.

    Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
  • PSR brings health concerns to the fore as EPA hearings scrutinize coal ash
    October 27, 2010

    PSR chapters, board members and staff have been raising concerns nationwide about the health impacts of coal ash disposal. Barbara Gottlieb was interviewed on the Knoxville, TN NPR station the morning of the final EPA public hearing on coal ash regulation.

    Source: WUOT
  • Koch Leaves Federal Cancer Panel as Groups Urge Ethics Probe
    October 27, 2010

    Energy magnate David Koch ceded his spot on a National Cancer Institute advisory board last month, but green advocates including PSR are taking aim at the conservative mega-donor nonetheless by calling for a review of federal ethics policies that allowed him to sit on the panel despite a potential conflict of interest.

    Source: New York Times
  • Nation’s Pediatricians Recognize Thomas B. Newman, MD, MPH
    October 14, 2010

    PSR Board Member Tom Newman, MD, MPH, received the Elizabeth M. Leistikow Lifetime Achievement Award at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference in San Francisco on Oct. 2. The award recognizes Section on Epidemiology members who have a track record of accomplishments in teaching, administration, and/or advocacy of evidence-based pediatrics over a period of years.

  • Protestors rally to shut down Chicago's coal plants
    October 13, 2010

    Pilsen’s air is dirty. While hundreds of runners gasped for it, passing the Chicago Marathon’s 20-mile marker Sunday, just blocks away dozens were rallying to keep it clean.

    Source: Medill Reports: Chicago
  • IEER/PSR: 'Small Modular Reactors' No Panacea for What Ails Nuclear Power
    September 29, 2010

    The same industry that promised that nuclear power would be "too cheap to meter" is now touting another supposed cure-all for America's power needs: the small modular reactor (SMR). The only problem is that SMRs are not only unlikely live up to the hype, but may well aggravate cost, safety, and environmental problems, according to a new fact sheet prepared by the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research and PSR.

    Source: PR Newswire
  • Clean energy groups protest Centralia TransAlta coal plant
    September 29, 2010

    Dr. Steven Gilbert, president of Washington PSR, discusses the health care costs of coal plants.

    Source: The Olympian
  • 'Countdown to Zero' outlines concerns about nuclear weapons: Leeds physician appears in documentary film
    September 29, 2010

    The madness of nuclear war has been diverted in the past, but sometimes just barely says Dr. Ira Helfand of Leeds, who is interviewed in the film. Helfand is an emergency medicine physician and member of the national board of directors of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

    Source: Daily Hampshire Gazette
  • Washingtonians Demand ‘Coal to Green by 2015’
    September 28, 2010

    Dr. Steven Gilbert, president of Washington PSR, explains the health impacts of coal plants.

    Source: CommonDreams.org
  • Hundreds to Rally at EPA Hearing on Coal Ash in Louisville
    September 27, 2010

    Barbara Gottlieb, deputy director of the Environmental Health Program for Physicians for Social Responsibility, says coal ash contains 19 harmful heavy metals, including arsenic, lead and mercury. "And these substances, if they're eaten or drunk or inhaled, can cause cancer. They can cause nervous system impacts such as cognitive deficits and developmental delays. They affect virtually every major organ system in the human body."

    Source: Public News Service
  • Activists Speak Out at EPA Coal Ash Hearing
    September 27, 2010

    PSR's Barbara Gottlieb discusses the need for coal ash regulation in this article on an EPA coal ash hearing in Kentucky.

    Source: WFPL News
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