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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Washingtonians Demand ‘Coal to Green by 2015’
    September 28, 2010

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

  • 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
  • For children's sake, move away from coal
    September 26, 2010

    According to “Coal’s Assault on Human Health,” a report by Physicians for Social Responsibility, coal pollutants have been linked to four of the five leading causes of death in our nation, including cancer, stroke, heart disease and chronic lower respiratory diseases.

    Source: News Tribune
  • Hundreds of concerned citizens demand EPA protections from toxic coal ash
    September 17, 2010

    Hundreds of concerned citizens gathered in Chicago today urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to pass strong, federally-enforceable safeguards for coal ash, the toxic remains left over from coal-fired power plants. Citizens traveled to Chicago from across Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Indiana to testify about the harmful effects of coal ash on their health, neighborhoods and communities. The hearing is one of seven the EPA is holding this month on its proposal to finally regulate toxic coal ash.

  • Coal ash disposal in Kansas City region
    September 17, 2010

    Yesterday Earthjustice and Physicians for Social Responsibility released a detailed report entitled Coal Ash: The Toxic Threat to Our Health and Environment. The Kansas City region has some seven or eight coal ash disposal sites. Coal ash is toxic.

  • Doctors, environmentalists urge coal waste regulation
    September 17, 2010

    An organization of doctors joined an environmental group Thursday to encourage the EPA to adopt tougher regulations for coal ash waste, which they say is toxic. The 1.2 billion-gallon spill of wet coal ash from a breached dam near Kingston, Tenn., just before Christmas 2008 received national attention, but it didn't reveal the full dimensions of the health threats from coal ash waste, according to Dr. Peter Wilk, executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

    Source: Electric Light & Power
  • Sides raise concerns over coal ash at EPA hearing in Dallas
    September 9, 2010

    PSR member Dr. Karen Lewis spoke in support of labeling coal ash as hazardous waste at an EPA hearing in Dallas this week.

    Source: Dallas Morning News
  • UAB medical students launch Pakistan relief drive
    September 9, 2010

    Medical students at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have launched a drive to collect supplies for flood-ravaged Pakistan.

    Source: UAB News
  • Farmland is being readied for a nuclear crop
    September 5, 2010

    Anne Suellentrop of Kansas City PSR speaks out against a planned nuclear weapons parts plant.

    Source: Kansas City Star
  • Banning BPA a wise decision for Maine
    September 4, 2010

    An op-ed by PSR Maine board member Jeffrey Peterson, MD on the health hazards of Bisphenol-A.

    Source: Press Herald
  • Feds hear two sides of coal ash debate
    August 31, 2010

    PSR's Barbara Gottlieb testified at an EPA hearing, urging the government to regulate dangerous coal ash.

    Source: Knoxville News Sentinel
  • Coal gunk gets its day
    August 31, 2010

    Dr. Roberta Richardson, president of Colorado PSR, discusses the health impacts of toxic coal ash.

    Source: Denver Post
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