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Chesapeake PSR

April 2016

Exciting April events

  • Join us on April 7 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Maryland State Medical Society in Baltimore for a discussion, How Climate Change Will Affect Public Health and the Practice of Medicine in Maryland (CME credits are available). Presenters are Samantha Adhoot, MD, FAAS and Cindy Parker, MD, MPH. A light dinner will be available. Details.
  • Save the date, April 30. The Chesapeake PSR Annual Dinner will be from 6-8:30 p.m. in Baltimore. Our featured speaker will be Paul Connett, PhD, an acclaimed speaker and author on zero waste solutions. Paul has been a leading global fighter against incineration and for sustainable waste solutions, such as composting, recycling, reuse, repair and redesign. Details.
  • For questions about events or to RSVP, contact Tim Whitehouse at twhitehouse@psr.org or (240) 246-4492.

Final Days in Annapolis

As the Maryland General Assembly nears the end of the 2016 session, it appears some of our hard work is paying off. Here is an update on some of the bills we have been working on:

  • The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act (GGRA) reauthorization was signed into law on April 4 by Governor Larry Hogan. The GGRA mandates 25 percent reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, and 40 percent by 2030 (from the 2006 baseline).
  • A bill to raise the amount of renewable energy used in Maryland (as part of the Renewable Portfolio Standard or RPS) to 25 percent by 2020 passed the House last month and is expected to pass the Senate in the next few days. Unfortunately, a bill to remove dirty energy, such as incineration and burning poultry litter, from the RPS was defeated in the Senate.
  • Slightly different versions of the Pollinator Protection Act, which would restrict the sale and use of neonicotinoids – a class of insecticides toxic to bees and to humans – have passed the House and the Senate. We are hoping for a final bill to pass this week with no weakening amendments.

There is much more, and it changes daily. Keep an eye out for our legislative wrap-up, which will come out at the end of the month. Read Chesapeake PSR’s testimony on legislation this session.

Other important information:

  • April 17-20: Join activists from across the nation at the 27th Annual DC Days 2016 event. Four days of training and advocacy on nuclear weapons, power and waste. Meet with Members of Congress and administration officials. Sponsored by Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA) and Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR).
  • Now - May 31: Indoor air quality study participants needed. Does your child suffer from asthma? The nonprofit National Center for Healthy Housing is looking for Maryland participants for a study on whether improving indoor air quality (IAQ) can reduce asthma triggers and symptoms, and improve quality of life. The one-year IAQ study is the first in the U.S. to examine middle-class families in single-family homes. Details.

To learn more about Chesapeake PSR and our work on health, environment and social justice issues in Maryland, visit our website. You can also follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

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