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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. 

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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.

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New regulations to push WA homes away from fossil fuels in 2023

November 17, 2022 Comments Off on New regulations to push WA homes away from fossil fuels in 2023

KUOW article quoting Dr. Mark Vossler, president of Washington PSR.

Bringing the World Back from the Brink

November 17, 2022 Comments Off on Bringing the World Back from the Brink

Interview in The Progressive with PSR’s Dr. Ira Helfand.

Xcel rate increase is contrary to energy goals

November 14, 2022 Comments Off on Xcel rate increase is contrary to energy goals

Letter to the editor in the Daily Camera by Sharon Montes, MD, PSR Colorado.

Zero-emission vehicles: Protecting planet, improving health

November 11, 2022 Comments Off on Zero-emission vehicles: Protecting planet, improving health

Letter to the editor in the Seattle Times by Max Savishinsky, Executive Director of Washington PSR.

Gas stoves are hazardous to your health, Multnomah County report says

November 10, 2022 Comments Off on Gas stoves are hazardous to your health, Multnomah County report says

Article in The Oregonian quoting Dr. Melanie Plaut, a volunteer with Oregon PSR.

Fracking, abortion, and the challenge of raising a family in southwestern Pennsylvania

November 7, 2022 Comments Off on Fracking, abortion, and the challenge of raising a family in southwestern Pennsylvania

Grist article quoting PSR-PA’s Laura Dagley, BSN, RN.

Lawsuit by Washington County homeowner says fracking caused “forever chemicals” to contaminate his drinking water

November 7, 2022 Comments Off on Lawsuit by Washington County homeowner says fracking caused “forever chemicals” to contaminate his drinking water

Article from Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 quoting PSR-PA’s Dr. Ned Ketyer.

Report: The proposed Peabody power plant will exacerbate existing health inequalities

November 4, 2022 Comments Off on Report: The proposed Peabody power plant will exacerbate existing health inequalities

WBUR article quoting Brita Lundberg, MD, Greater Boston PSR President.

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Stress on pregnant people and exposure to pollution impacts babies’ size and health, USC study shows

November 2, 2022 Comments Off on Stress on pregnant people and exposure to pollution impacts babies’ size and health, USC study shows

USC Annenberg Media article quoting Paula Torrado Plazas, manager of the health and environment program at PSR-LA.

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Exchange on Fracking: Key takeaways from the Pennsylvania Senate debate between John Fetterman and Mehmet Oz

October 31, 2022 Comments Off on Exchange on Fracking: Key takeaways from the Pennsylvania Senate debate between John Fetterman and Mehmet Oz

Letter to the Editor from Walter Tsou, MD, MPH, PSR Pennsylvania in the Philadelphia Inquirer.