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Fracking with “Forever Chemicals”: Analysis Finds Oil and Gas Companies May Be Exposing Texans and Groundwater to Highly Toxic Chemicals

February 6, 2023 Comments Off on Fracking with “Forever Chemicals”: Analysis Finds Oil and Gas Companies May Be Exposing Texans and Groundwater to Highly Toxic Chemicals

Oil and gas companies used PFAS in Texas wells, but the extent of its use is obscured by six billion pounds of “trade secret” chemicals.

PSR Responds to the Introduction of the Gas Stove Protection and Freedom Act 

February 3, 2023 Comments Off on PSR Responds to the Introduction of the Gas Stove Protection and Freedom Act 

In response to Sen. Joe Manchin and Sen. Ted Cruz’s introduction of the Gas Stove Protection and Freedom Act, Barbara Gottlieb, Director for Environment & Health for PSR, issued the following statement.

PSR Statement on the Murder of Indigenous Forest Defender, Manuel “Tortuguita” Esteban Paez Terán

January 27, 2023 Comments Off on PSR Statement on the Murder of Indigenous Forest Defender, Manuel “Tortuguita” Esteban Paez Terán

PSR mourns the death of Tortuguita, and condemns state violence enacted against environmentalists in the United States and abroad. 

Doomsday Clock at 90 Seconds to Midnight

PSR Statement on the 2023 Doomsday Clock Announcement

January 24, 2023 Comments Off on PSR Statement on the 2023 Doomsday Clock Announcement

This announcement by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moving the Clock closer to midnight reminds us that we cannot prepare for nuclear war, we must prevent it.

A Message from Our Executive Director

January 23, 2023 Comments Off on A Message from Our Executive Director

PSR today announced that Jeff Carter, who has led the organization as its Executive Director since 2017, will step down later this year.

PSR Staff Testifies Before EPA on Proposed Methane Rule

January 12, 2023 Comments Off on PSR Staff Testifies Before EPA on Proposed Methane Rule

PSR staff testified to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during hearings to pass a proposed rule reducing leaks of methane and other harmful pollutants from oil and gas operations across the country. 

PSR Statement on the EPA’s Proposed Soot Standard

January 9, 2023 Comments Off on PSR Statement on the EPA’s Proposed Soot Standard

PSR is disappointed by the EPA’s lax decision to propose an annual health standard for soot that does not prioritize human health.

PSR Advises Biden: Rewrite the Nuclear Posture Review

October 28, 2022 Comments Off on PSR Advises Biden: Rewrite the Nuclear Posture Review

The NPR disregards the increasing numbers of Americans who are calling to redirect these resources to urgent needs like food insecurity, access to health care, and the climate change crisis — to name just a few. 

PSR Statement on the Escalating Nuclear Threat in Ukraine

October 19, 2022 Comments Off on PSR Statement on the Escalating Nuclear Threat in Ukraine

It is critical that we all understand that any use of nuclear weapons – tactical, low-yield, or otherwise – would have catastrophic health impacts for the immediate victims and our collective future.

Oil and Gas Companies Have Used PFAS in Ohio Wells; ‘Trade Secret’ Laws Limit Public’s Ability to Know Full Extent of Use

September 29, 2022 Comments Off on Oil and Gas Companies Have Used PFAS in Ohio Wells; ‘Trade Secret’ Laws Limit Public’s Ability to Know Full Extent of Use

Previously unpublicized information unearthed by PSR shows that a class of extremely toxic and persistent chemicals known as PFAS has been used in Ohio’s oil and gas wells since at least 2013.

Nuclear deterrence is the existential threat, not the nuclear ban treaty

January 22, 2024 Comments Off on Nuclear deterrence is the existential threat, not the nuclear ban treaty

PSR Past President Dr. Ira Helfand co-authors this response to an article favoring nuclear deterrence.

Centering Health in a Just Transition – Paving Way for Health-based Climate Actions in Global Climate Negotiations

January 17, 2024 Comments Off on Centering Health in a Just Transition – Paving Way for Health-based Climate Actions in Global Climate Negotiations

Article in PLOS Global Public Health co-authored by Dr. Laalitha Surapaneni, PSR Board Member.

It’s 90 Seconds to Midnight and We Never Give Up Push for a Nuclear-Free World

January 10, 2024 Comments Off on It’s 90 Seconds to Midnight and We Never Give Up Push for a Nuclear-Free World

Op-ed by PSR Board Member Robert Dodge, MD in Common Dreams.

Rocky Flats lawsuit

January 10, 2024 Comments Off on Rocky Flats lawsuit

Coverage of PSR lawsuit in Boulder Weekly, quoting PSR Colorado’s Deborah Segaloff, PhD.

Colorado activists sue feds to block proposed trail near former nukes facility

January 9, 2024 Comments Off on Colorado activists sue feds to block proposed trail near former nukes facility

Coverage in the Missoula Current of PSR lawsuit, quoting PSR Colorado’s Deborah Segaloff, PhD.

Environmental and public health advocates file lawsuit Monday to halt work on Rocky Flats trail

January 9, 2024 Comments Off on Environmental and public health advocates file lawsuit Monday to halt work on Rocky Flats trail

Coverage of PSR lawsuit over proposed trail on land contaminated with radioactive waste, from Denver 7 ABC.

Advocates sue to block trail through Rocky Flats, citing ‘plutonium plume’

January 8, 2024 Comments Off on Advocates sue to block trail through Rocky Flats, citing ‘plutonium plume’

Coverage of PSR lawsuit from Fox 31 Denver, quoting PSR Colorado’s Deborah Segaloff, PhD.

Colorado environmental groups file federal lawsuit to halt Rocky Flats trail

January 8, 2024 Comments Off on Colorado environmental groups file federal lawsuit to halt Rocky Flats trail

Coverage in The Denver Post of lawsuit brought by PSR over proposed trail on plutonium-contaminated land.

Meat industry’s dubious claims of sustainability at COP28

December 26, 2023 Comments Off on Meat industry’s dubious claims of sustainability at COP28

Op-ed by Michael J. Martin, MD in the San Jose Mercury News.

Building Decarbonization Policy Must Center Housing and Health Equity

December 26, 2023 Comments Off on Building Decarbonization Policy Must Center Housing and Health Equity

Clean Technica article quoting PSR-Los Angeles’ Edgar Barrazza.