December 20, 2016
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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump's choice to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has spent his career working to dismantle basic public health protections. Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), our national organization, is asking you to call your U.S. senators to urge them to reject Pruitt's nomination. Read PSR's press statement and why this choice matters.


New fracking regulations cannot protect Maryland

No regulations can protect Maryland from the health, environmental and climate harms of fracking. 

Chesapeake PSR submitted comments to Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) last week detailing why Maryland's proposed regulations are inadequate, give too much leeway to industry and are not backed by science. Read the Baltimore Sun piece on why opponents of fracking support a ban. 

Chesapeake PSR Board Member Gina Angiola, MD, spoke at a rally and testified in Annapolis yesterday. Dr. Angiola delivered more than 150 signatures of Maryland health professionals who support a ban on fracking. Read why a ban on fracking is the only rational option.

 

 

 

Intervening in offshore wind 

The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) has granted Chesapeake PSR leave to intervene in the applications of US Wind and Skipjack Offshore Wind projects. An intervenor has all the rights of a party in the proceeding. Chesapeake PSR's Al Bartlett, MD, will lead our efforts to ensure that health issues are addressed adequately during the hearing.  Read the petition here.

 

Lawsuit threatens MoCo lawn pesticide law

Chesapeake PSR is part of a coalition urging Montgomery County to "vigorously defend" the Healthy Lawns Act against an industry lawsuit seeking to overturn the pioneering 2015 act, which restricts non-essential use of certain toxic pesticides on public and private lawns. Lawn chemicals are linked to cancers, asthma and ADHD. Please read the coalition press release here.

 

Please sign our petitions on fracking, air pollution

Time is running out! We are making a last-ditch effort to get as many health professional signatories as we can on two important health professional sign-on letters to the Maryland General Assembly before the session starts in January, urging the legislature to:

1.) Ban fracking in Maryland. SIGN HERERead more about our efforts to ban this dangerous unconventional gas development and production - and how you can help.

2.) Overturn Governor Hogan's veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act. SIGN HERERead about our work on clean renewable energy in Maryland.

 

Climate change and health at a crossroads in Maryland
Dr. Sara Via, Co-Lead, Climate Health Action Team

Dr. Via appeared on WYPR to discuss the rowsing success of the Maryland EmPOWER energy efficiency program and the nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Also read her blog post on how these two programs are a big win for Maryland's economic, health and climate change efforts - and why they may be in danger under the Hogan administration.

We must protect Maryland residents from fossil fuel pollution
Tim Whitehouse, Executive Director

In an op-ed in the Frederick News-Post, Chesapeake PSR Executive Director Tim Whitehouse wrote about the need to break Maryland's fossil fuel habit and that clean renewable energy is a small price to pay for a healthier Maryland as air pollution contributes to risks of asthma, lung cancer, respiratory illness and cardiovascular disease.

 

 
 

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

Support us and help Maryland get healthier  

We became an independent chapter only two years ago, and we depend on your support to continue as a health voice on environment and social justice issues in Maryland. With the incoming administration at the federal level, Maryland efforts will be even more important. Please make a donation today, and your contribution will be matched! Thank you!



 
 
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