August 11, 2016
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Last chance to sign our health letter to strengthen the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) 

Please sign Chesapeake PSR's health professional letter to lower CO2 caps on power plant emissions in Maryland and eight other states in the Northeast. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is a cap and trade program that has been reducing carbon pollution since 2009 across a consortium of nine states in the Northeast, including Maryland. Lowering the cap is a critical step in meeting the state's 2030 greenhouse gas emissions goals. But it is not at all clear that Maryland will support any efforts to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. The RGGI board could make a decision as early as next week about whether to lower the cap. Don't delay! We will deliver the letter at 12 noon on Friday. Sign on to Chesapeake PSR's health professional letter.

 
 

Offshore wind health advocates needed

Are you interested in making a difference on one of the most important issues of our time - climate change? Contact us about volunteering as a health advocate for offshore wind. Maryland will soon make a decision on whether to permit this type of clean, renewable energy. Read why offshore wind is such an important issue for climate and health in Maryland.

 

 

 


 

Please sign: Our letter to support a Maryland fracking ban

We are stepping up our work to stop fracking from coming to Maryland. Please join the 98 doctors, nurses, researchers and other public health professionals who have signed on to our health professionals letter asking Maryland leaders to enact a fracking ban. If the General Assembly does not ban fracking, the state may begin issuing drilling permits in October 2017. If you oppose fracking, sign on to our letter here. 

 
 

Commemorating Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Baltimore

This week, Chesapeake PSR joined peace and justice groups in Baltimore to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and to advocate for the ban of nuclear weapons and testing. This was one of many activities throughout the country. Here are some recent articles published by PSR chapters around the U.S. on nuclear issues. Read our blog post on why the U.S. should not spend $1 trillion "modernizing" our nuclear arsenal.

 

 
 

U.S. EPA fails to respond on coal-fired plant

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has failed to respond to a notice of intent to sue from the Environmental Integrity Project, Chesapeake PSR, Sierra Club Maryland and Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) over serious deficencies in a permit issued by the Maryland Department of the Environment for the Morgantown coal-fired power plant. We are concerned about limits on opacity, particulate matter and the ability of citizens to enforce provisions of the permit. This is another sign that Maryland is backtracking on its responsibility to protect the health of the residents of Maryland from coal pollution. More information will be forthcoming in our next newsletter.

 

 

Time to Revisit Atrazine in Maryland

Tim Whitehouse, Executive Director 

The EPA recently released a preliminary risk assessment concluding that the herbicide atrazine likely harms most species of plants and animals, including mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles. Atrazine, which is banned in Europe, is also an endocrine disrupter linked to birth defects and cancer. You may remember that in 2009, residents of Maryland were found to have the second highest level of exposure rates to atrazine in the country. Read more on atrazine, and stay tuned.

   

 

   
 

Join Chesapeake PSR at a public meeting with the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to discuss improvements in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) 

RGGI is a critical tool in reducing carbon emissions from power plants and in supporting programs that lower energy bills and reduce energy consumption across the state by requiring owners of fossil fuel power plants to pay for their climate pollution.

WHAT: Public meeting on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

WHERE: Maryland Departent of the Environment (MDE) Headquarters, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD

WHEN: Thursday, September 1, 6 - 8 p.m.  

 

 
 

Chesapeake PSR is a strong health voice on issues of environment, social justice and peace. Our volunteer activists are medical and health professionals and interested individuals. Please volunteer with Chesapeake PSR, donate, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

 


 

 

 
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