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Informed activism is principled and effective activism. PSR aims to provide the best materials for its network of members and activists to work at the grassroots level against nuclear weapons, global warming, and environmental contamination. Select an Issue or Resource Type to search for up-to-date information to help you take action in your community.

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  • Chromium Fact Sheet

    A brief overview of the dangers to health from hexavalent chromium in coal ash. Read more »

  • Radiation and Public Health: The Medical Consequences of Radiation

    A short introductory guide to the medical consequences of radiation for clinicians. Read more »

  • Big Issues in Coal Ash Disposal

    The Environmental Protection Agency is currently receiving public comments on its proposed regulations for coal ash handling and disposal. PSR strongly supports the option called "Subtitle C," which would create uniform, federally enforcecable standards that would greatly strengthen protections for human health. Read more »

  • Coal Ash Fact Sheet Coal Ash: Hazardous to Human Health

    Coal ash is the waste that is left after coal is combusted (burned). It includes fly ash (fine powdery particles that are carried up the smoke stack and captured by pollution control devices) as well as coarser materials that fall to the bottom of the furnace. Most coal ash comes from coal-fired electric power plants. Read more »

  • Coal Ash Toxics: Damaging to Human Health

    The toxic substances found in coal ash can inflict grave damage to the human body and the environment. These substances have been shown to escape from some coal ash disposal sites, contaminating the air, land, surface waters, and/or underground aquifers that feed drinking water wells. Read more »

  • In Harm's Way Chemical Fact Sheet

    This chart shows the health effects and characteristics of exposures to the toxicants listed. Learning disabilities include dysfunctions in listening, speaking, reading, writing, spelling, or calculations. Read more »

  • Birth Defects & Other Reproductive Disorders

    Every day, pregnant women are exposed to toxic substances that can be harmful to their babies. Potential effects include physical defects, learning disabilities, and other disorders. This pamphlet suggests some easy things you can do to protect your baby’s health. Read more »

  • Drinking Water Fact Sheet: Maternal and Child Health

    The interaction of unique physiologic, pharmacokinetic, and exposure factors for pregnant women, fetuses, infants, and children make these populations especially susceptible to certain waterborne contaminants. Read more »

  • The Need for Chemical Reform in the United States

    The U. S. chemicals management system is broken. It fails to protect human health from hazardous chemicals adequately because it lacks mandatory safety requirements before a chemical can gain access to market. Read more »

  • Drinking Water Fact Sheet: Radon

    Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas formed by uranium and radium in rocks and soil. Groundwater dissolves radon from uranium-containing rock, resulting in generally higher concentrations of radon in well water compared with drinking water derived from surface waters, such as rivers and lakes. Read more »

 

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