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Examining Carbon Capture Through a Public Health & Environmental Justice Lens

Issue: climate change | coal | Environment & Health | environmental justice | Equity & Justice | fracking & methane

Type: video & audio

Webinar co-hosted by PSR National and the Science & Environmental Health Network. Watch below and click here for additional resources.


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Mercury and Air Toxics PSR Testimony

Issue: air pollution | children's health | coal | Environment & Health | environmental justice | Equity & Justice | safe food & water | toxic chemicals

Type: policy positions & testimony

PSR Environment & Health Director Barbara Gottlieb and PSR Climate Ambassadors Janis B. Petzel, MD and Alan Lockwood, MD, FAAN, FANA, testified before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in support of the EPA reaffirming and strengthening the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for Power Plants rule. Read Barbara Gottlieb’s testimony Read Dr. Janis Petzel’s testimony …

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PSR Testimony on Toxic Mercury Pollution

Issue: air pollution | children's health | coal | Environment & Health | environmental justice | Equity & Justice | safe food & water | toxic chemicals

Type: policy positions & testimony

On September 8th, 2021, Barbara Gottlieb, Environment and Health Program director, represented Physicians for Social Responsibility in front of the United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB). She commented on the need for the EPA to reinstate their Mercury and Air Toxics rule, which was cut during the previous administration. This rule limits toxic …

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Letter to EPA on Coal Combustion Residuals

Issue: air pollution | coal | Environment & Health

Type: policy positions & testimony

Letter signed by PSR and partner groups asking the Environmental Protection Agency to extend by 30 days the comment period for the Interim Final Guidance for State Coal Combustion Residuals Permit Programs.


PSR Expert Testimony on Coal Ash

Issue: coal | Environment & Health | toxic chemicals

Type: policy positions & testimony

Chesapeake PSR is suing the EPA over a proposed delay in a rule that slashes coal ash waste discharges into rivers and streams. PSR National Environment & Health Director Barbara Gottlieb gave expert testimony on the health impacts of coal ash disposal.


PSR Policy on Carbon Pricing

Issue: air pollution | children's health | climate change | coal | Environment & Health | environmental justice | Equity & Justice | renewable energy

Type: policy positions & testimony

PSR recommends a Price on Carbon applied to Fossil Fuels as a Tool to Help Prevent Global Climate Catastrophe Statement: Physicians for Social Responsibility urges the United States to adopt a carbon price on fossil fuels to control global emissions of carbon dioxide and methane, the chief causes of global climate change. Background: The Intergovernmental …

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Selling Our Health Down the River

Issue: coal | Environment & Health | safe food & water | toxic chemicals

Type: reports

Why EPA Needs to Finalize the Strongest Rule to Stop Water Pollution from Power Plants The Environmental Protection Agency recently set the first federal limits on how much arsenic, mercury, selenium, nitrogen and other toxic metals coal-fired power plants can discharge into streams and rivers. PSR coauthored this report in June 2015 documenting the need …

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Chromium Fact Sheet

Issue: coal | Environment & Health | toxic chemicals

Type: fact sheets & infographics

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


Big Issues in Coal Ash Disposal

Issue: coal | Environment & Health

Type: fact sheets & infographics

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 enforceable standards that would greatly strengthen protections for human health.


Coal Ash: The Toxic Threat to Our Health and Environment

Issue: coal | Environment & Health | toxic chemicals

Type: reports

Coal ash, one of the dirtiest secrets in American energy production, burst into the U.S. consciousness three days before Christmas, 2008 when an earthen wall holding back a huge coal ash disposal pond failed at the coal-fired power plant in Kingston, Tennessee. The 40-acre pond spilled more than 1 billion gallons of coal ash slurry …

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