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  • Toxic Coal Blues
    August 22, 2012

    According to Regna Merritt of Oregon Physicians of Social Responsibility, coal creates a substantial number of health risks, from the exposure to people working in coal mines, to the coal dust and diesel emitted along transportation routes, to the air pollution caused by burning the fossil fuel itself.

    Source: The Portland Observer
  • Health Care Community Pushes Back Against Ameren's Attempt To Stall On Emissions Reductions
    August 17, 2012

    Chicago Physicians for Responsibility Executive Director Dr. Sarah Lovinger warned that the potential health implications for residents should not be overshadowed because of economic concerns.

    Source: Progress Illinois
  • Johnson & Johnson to remove harsh chemicals from baby products
    August 15, 2012

    PSR is among the groups that have been pushing Johnson & Johnson to remove toxic chemicals from its products.

    Source: NBC News
  • Activists Stop Traffic at Navy's West Coast Trident Submarine Base on Hiroshima Anniversary
    August 7, 2012

    Activists representing Physicians for Social Responsibility, Washington Chapter, arrived at Ground Zero on Saturday during the Bike to the Bomb bicycle ride. Bike to the Bomb protests the use of nuclear weapons against the people of Japan, and spotlights the massive nuclear arsenal stored and deployed at Bangor.

    Source: Salem News
  • From Hiroshima to Fukushima: A Nuclear Legacy
    August 2, 2012

    PSR leader Dr. Robert Dodge reminds us, "Our collective ability to effect change is far greater than we realize."

    Source: Ventura County Reporter
  • UI alumna hops on bike to spread the word
    July 29, 2012

    Iowa PSR's Michelle Gin is one of about three dozen activists from around the world set to pedal across Japan in August on a two-week, 300-mile trek that will take her from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in the name of global peace and the end of nuclear proliferation.

    Source: Iowa City Press Citizen
  • Solution elusive for San Juan Generating Station
    July 25, 2012

    Abby Wear, executive director of the New Mexico chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, said coal particulates are linked to cardiac and respiratory disease. "Coal is an assault on our health," Wear said.

    Source: Farmington Daily Times
  • Join fight for cleaner air in EPA proposal
    July 18, 2012

    An op-ed from PSR Sacramento President Dr. Harry Wang.

    Source: Sacramento Bee
  • Groups: U.S. Shares 'Mindset' Behind Japan's Nuclear Disaster
    July 12, 2012

    "American regulators and the federal government should take heed," said Physicians for Social Responsibility Executive Director Catherine Thomasson. "This report should serve as a warning that the U.S. has the same colluding system between industry, regulators and government."

    Source: Environment News Service
  • The World Bank's Chance to Clean Up Its Coal Act
    July 5, 2012

    PSR President Dr. Andrew S. Kanter co-authored this piece on the global health impacts of coal.

    Source: Huffington Post
  • Coal trains bring asthma, heart disease
    July 4, 2012

    Letter to the Editor from PSR's Dr. Martin Donohoe.

    Source: The Portland Tribune
  • ‘Gang of Eight’ Utilities Spent Millions Lobbying and Litigating Against EPA Action While Pollution Contributes to Over 10,000 Deaths
    June 20, 2012

    “Coal pollutants contribute to four of the five leading causes of mortality in the United States: heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic respiratory diseases,” said Catherine Thomasson, MD, executive director of PSR. “The damage they do to health is severe and widespread. It’s vital that these dirty emissions be reduced. If not, thousands of Americans will needlessly suffer illnesses and premature deaths.”

    Source: Salem News
  • 2 groups sue to block Navy plans for second Bangor munitions wharf
    June 19, 2012

    The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Tacoma by Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, of Poulsbo, Kitsap County, and Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, of Seattle.

    Source: Seattle Times
  • Shut down the Northwest's only nuclear power plant
    June 18, 2012

    An op-ed by Dr. John Howieson, a retired radiologist and an advisory board member of Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility.

    Source: The Oregonian
  • Nuclear emergency planning overhaul draws fire
    May 29, 2012

    PSR's Dr. John Rachow spends more time than most thinking about the evacuation of frail populations such as nursing home residents, because he is an internist specializing in geriatric medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

    Source: The Gazette
  • Reject the dirty politics of coal ash for clean water
    May 27, 2012

    An op-ed from PSR Florida's Dr. Lynn Ringenberg.

    Source: Tampa Bay Times
  • The Danger Downwind
    May 24, 2012

    A New York Times editorial links to a letter to the president signed by PSR and other groups, calling on the EPA to take action under the Clean Air Act to prevent disasters at chemical plants.

    Source: The New York Times
  • Dust in the wind?
    May 17, 2012

    Maye Thompson of Oregon PSR explains the health effects of coal dust.

    Source: The Portland Tribune
  • Nuclear bill would have been a disaster for Iowa
    May 16, 2012

    In a major blow to the nuclear industry, the Iowa Legislature adjourned without passing a bill that would pave the way for MidAmerican Energy to charge ratepayers in advance for new nuclear reactor construction. PSR was among groups working in opposition to the bill.

    Source: Iowa City Press Citizen
  • A nuclear clash could starve the world
    May 11, 2012

    An op-ed co-authored by PSR board member Dr. Ira Helfand on the danger of nuclear famine.

    Source: CNN
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