July 19, 2016
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Maryland Pilots Community Solar 


Maryland's Public Service Commission has approved a three-year community solar pilot program that will allow benefits from clean renewable energy to flow to communities with no current access to solar power, including renters, homeowners with structural barriers to installing solar panels, and limited income residents. Read more on Chesapeake PSR's involvement »



Don't Frack Maryland

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has published white papers that outline how the state plans to significantly weaken fracking regulations that were proposed under Governor Martin O'Malley's administration. Chesapeake PSR commented on the white papers and will circulate a health sign-on letter this week outlining our opposition to fracking in Maryland. Read our comments on the fracking white papers. 





EPA Says No to Maryland on SOPollution

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rejected MDE's challenge on SO2 emissions, saying the state does not meet federal air quality standards. Now Maryland must come up with a plan to reduce pollution from the Wagner coal-fired power plant south of Baltimore in Anne Arundel County. Are Maryland's actions a bad omen for clean energy? Read more »


Will Gaithersburg Opt in to Pesticides Law?

Chesapeake PSR has asked the City of Gathersburg to opt in to Montgomery County's Healthy Lawns Act, a bill that would prohibit the use of certain lawn pesticides that are extremely dangerous to human health and establish notice requirements for the application of certain other lawn pesticides. The city expects to make a decision this year. Read why we should not be using these pesticides on our lawns.»



A Message From Dr. Gwen DuBois, New President

The Board of Directors has elected Gwen DuBois, MD, MPH, as Chesapeake PSR's new president. Dr. DuBois will replace Cindy Parker, MD, MPH, who oversaw the growth and development of Chesapeake PSR into a statewide chapter with a special focus on climate and energy issues. The Board, staff and many volunteers at Chesapeake PSR would like to thank Dr. Parker for her work and leadership, and we are grateful she will remain on our board. Read a message from President DuBois »



Ban Fracking in Maryland: the Only Rational Option

Gina Angiola, MD 

Maryland will allow fracking after October 2017 unless the Maryland General Assembly enacts a ban. Chesapeake PSR Board Member Dr. Gina Angiola wrote in the Baltimore Sun that the risks to human health and climate change from fracking are too high. The only rational choice is to ban fracking in Maryland. Read more »


How Farm Antibiotics Overuse Creates Superbugs

Sara Via, PhD 

Farm use of antibiotics on animals that are not sick is "the fastest way to produce bacterial populations that can resist antibiotics," or superbugs, wrote Chesapeake PSR's Dr. Sara Via and Betsy Nicholas of Fair Farms in the Frederick News-Post. They urge policymakers to limit the use of medically important antibiotics in agriculture. Read more »


Energy Efficiency Critical to Expanding Clean Energy

Sara Via, PhD

The EmPOWER energy efficiency program provides "enormous economic, environmental and health benefits" to Maryland residents and electric power consumers, said Chesapeake PSR's Dr. Sara Via in a letter to the Baltimore Sun.  Read more »


RGGI: A Win-Win for Maryland

Sara Via, PhD

Chesapeake PSR is working with other groups in Maryland and the Northeast on lowering the cap on CO2 emissions from power plants through the important Regional Greenhouse Gas Intitiative (RGGI). Climate Health Action Team Co-Lead Dr. Sara Via writes about why this "wildly successful" program needs to be strengthened. Read more »



July 24: March for a Clean Energy Revolution

On July 24, members of Chesapeake PSR will join the March for a Clean Energy Revolution in Philadelphia before the Democratic National Convention. Let us know if you can join us. Also, please consider signing a health letter in opposition to fracking as part of this event.



August 7 and 9: Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemorations 

Planning for the Baltimore commemorations of the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki are underway. Activities include a demonstration, a musical performance, a Japanese dinner, a talk from a survivor of the bomb, and a discussion of gun violence. More information

With the United States now expected to spend up to $1 trillion on its nuclear revitalization program - money that should be used to revitalize our communities and transition to clean energy - we thought you would be interested in reading Chesapeake PSR Board Member Art Milholland, MD's 2015 op-ed in the Baltimore SunAs Long as Nuclear Weapons Exist, We're on the Brink of Self Annihilation, and Richard Rhodes' review of Almighty: Courage, Resistance, and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age by Dan Zak.



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