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May 28, 2019

Peace and Security

No U.S.-Iran War

Physicians for Social Responsibility Calls On Congress to Prevent War with Iran

Calling all PSR members: the moment has arrived to contact your U.S. representative and senators to urge them to exercise their solemn duty to protect our nation's interests and prevent war with Iran.

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Denise Duffield

Celebrating Champions Advancing Nuclear Weapons Issues

Denise Duffield of PSR-LA Honored for Her Tireless Work

On May 21, the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability presented Denise Duffield, Associate Director of PSR-Los Angeles, with their 2019 Bill Mitchell Grassroots Activist of the Year Award in recognition of her outstanding work to address nuclear issues in Los Angeles, in the state of California, and the nation at large. This award is truly well-deserved; PSR joins ANA in applauding Denise for years of courageous advocacy, including her recent success in drawing attention to the potential health risks posed by contamination from the Santa Susana Field Laboratory as a result of the Woolsey Fire.

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Environment & Health

HR 9 graphic

U.S. House of Representatives passes climate action bill

PSR celebrates the House of Representative's passage of H.R. 9, the "Climate Action Now Act," to hold the U.S. accountable to its commitments made under the Paris Agreement. This is a crucial step in directing current and future climate policy. However, it falls short of ensuring that the U.S. plays its full part in limiting global warming to 1.5°C. With H.R. 9 signifying our continued commitment to fighting climate change, it is time to push for stronger climate action to prevent irreversible climate catastrophe.

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Jordan Cove graphic

Hopeful Win Against Fracked Gas in Oregon

Congratulations to both Oregon PSR and Washington PSR for helping persuade the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to deny a critical permit to the proposed Jordan Cove LNG (liquefied natural gas) project and the Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline. The massive LNG export terminal and the pipeline could not demonstrate that they would meet Oregon's clean water standards. The fight is not over yet—the company can reapply for a permit—but this is a welcome advance to protect the climate, the environment and public health.

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Fore River

Stop the fracked-gas compressor station!

The governor of Massachusetts may grant a construction permit for a dangerous, polluting fracked-gas compressor station in a low-income community near Boston. The compressor station would release cancer- and leukemia-causing benzene and formaldehyde every day—and cancer rates in the area are already 39% higher than other parts of Massachusetts. Fire and explosion are also serious risks. Yet over 960 households are located within a half-mile. The compressor station would be an environmental injustice and should not be built. Join us in signing a petition to Governor Baker to reject this terrible idea.

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PSR Actions

Don't drill in the Everglades!


PSR calls on Congress to prevent war with Iran


Stop the compressor station!

In the news

The Rev. Peter Kakos: Denuclearizing is a fitting honor
The Daily Hampshire Gazette - May 24
Features PSR


University Hosts Panel on Proposed Natural Gas Project
The Heights (Boston College) - May 24
Features Greater Boston PSR’s press conference on the Weymouth compressor


Climate Justice: For the People, the Land, the Planet
The Humanist - May 24
Mentions remarks by Dr. Laalitha Surapaneni, Chesapeake PSR


In Weymouth, echoes of Flint
Boston Globe - May 23
Mentions Greater Boston PSR's work opposing the Weymouth compressor station


Physicians for Social Responsibility Opposes War with Iran
PSR Press Statement, Common Dreams - May 21


Compressor Station Permit Based On Incomplete Air Tests, State Admits
Earthwhile, WBUR - May 21
Quotes Greater Boston PSR report on Weymouth compressor station


No War With Iran, Say 62 Groups in Letter to Congress
Common Dreams - May 21
Quotes Jeff Carter, Executive Director, PSR


DEP threatened with sanctions, ordered to produce emails
Boston Herald - May 20
Quotes Greater Boston PSR report on Weymouth compressor station


Maine legislators seek to expand state's solar industry via community solar in new bill
Solar Builder Online - May 20
Quotes Karen D'Andrea, PSR Maine


DEP introduces new air quality data in compressor case
Lowell Sun - May 17
Features Greater Boston PSR report on Weymouth compressor station


Two Days Into Weymouth Gas Compressor Hearings, Safety Of Emissions Disputed
WGBH - May 16
Features Greater Boston PSR report on Weymouth compressor station


Toll roads bill on Gov. DeSantis’ desk puts kids’ health at risk
Op-ed co-authored by Dr. Lynn Ringenberg, PSR Florida, The Tallahassee Democrat - May 15


Activists say power plant pollution laws in jeopardy
Sarasota Herald-Tribune - May 15
Quotes Dr. Lynn Ringenberg, PSR Florida


Compressor station fight heads to Beacon Hill
The Patriot Ledger - May 15
Features Greater Boston PSR report on Weymouth compressor station


Protesters Bolster Case Against Weymouth Compressor Station
WGBH - May 15
Features Greater Boston PSR report on Weymouth compressor station


Report from Weymouth Gas Foes Warns of Pollution and Explosion Danger
WGBH - May 13
Quotes Dr. Matt Bivens, PSR board member and board chair of Greater Boston PSR


HB 6 is the wrong way to reform energy programs
Letter to the editor by Molly Hammersmith, student member of PSR, The Columbus Dispatch - May 12


A Centenarian in Northampton, Mass., Reflects on a Life of Anti-War Activism
New England Public Radio - May 8
Features interview with Frances Crowe and mentions her late husband Tom Crowe's work with PSR


Local First Arizona Foundation's SCALE UP program helps businesses save money through sustainability
Western Free Press - May 6
Features Arizona PSR chapter


Oregon agency says "NO" to Jordan Cove LNG project
Western Environmental Law Center press release - May 6
Features quote from Dr. Patricia Kullberg, Oregon PSR


Watts Clean Air and Energy Committee Host "Watts Hearts Earth Celebration"
Los Angeles Sentinel - May 2
Mentions presentation by PSR-Los Angeles


Fifth Circuit Hears Debate Over Coal Plant Wastewater Rules
Courthouse News Service - May 2
Lawsuit brought by environmental groups including PSR


Reform U.S. nuclear weapons policy before it's too late
Op-ed by Chesapeake PSR's Dr. Gwen DuBois, Baltimore Sun - May 2

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