August 17, 2017
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With climate change accelerating more rapidly than many expected, Chesapeake PSR and other groups are challenging U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt's efforts to roll back health standards for pollution from coal-fired power plants. Coal is a dominant source of energy in Maryland and in the mid-Atlantic, and we need to rapidly scale down our reliance on this dirty fuel source for electricity. That is why we are:

Fighting EPA's failure to act on upwind pollution 

Chesapeake PSR and other groups are challenging EPA on its failure to protect the state from air pollution from 19 coal-fired power plants in five states. Did you know as much as 70 percent of Maryland's ozone pollution comes from neighboring states, and coal-fired power plants are a major source of this pollution? Read more about this lawsuit and why it is important.



Fighting EPA's toxic coal waste rollback

Chesapeake PSR joined a lawsuit against the EPA, challenging the Trump administration's plans to allow coal plants to dump toxic waste into the nation's water. The Pruitt EPA wants to go back to 35-year-old standards that allow continued dumping of arsenic, mercury, lead and other pollutants harmful to human health. Read more about why we are challenging EPA's actions.



Court overturns Montgomery pesticide ruling  

A judge recently overturned Montgomery County's ban on the use of certain lawn pesticides. We testified in support of the ban and, along with other groups, are encouraging the county to appeal the court's decision. Read why lawn pesticide restrictions are a good idea.



Warnings and hope on Hiroshima anniversary 

Chesapeake PSR and other PSR chapters continue to work to ban nuclear weapons and prevent nuclear first strikes. This month we sponsored two events to remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Read about the worsening nuclear threat - and how you can get involved.



Now available: PSR's toolkit on toxins and kids' health 

National PSR has updated its free Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit to help health professionals better protect patients from toxins in air, water, food and products. The guide was developed to fill in gaps in environmental health information and is endorsed by the National Academy of Pediatrics. Get the toolkit.





Baltimore Sun op-ed: Maryland governor must match environmental claims with action 

Sara Via, PhD, Co-Lead, Climate Health Action Team 

Dr. Via urged Governor Larry Hogan to support a stronger Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the wildly successful "cap and invest" program in nine states, including Maryland, that has cut carbon emissions by 37 percent and boosted the states' economies by $2.9 billion. Read how RGGI also has improved Maryland health.



Baltimore Sun op-ed:  Nuclear weapons treaty offers hope this Hiroshima Day

Gwen DuBois, MD, MPH, President 

Dr. DuBois (pictured, left) wrote that the recent nuclear weapons ban treaty vote offers hope, despite the absence of the eight nuclear states. Signers agree never to develop, test or threaten to use nuclear weapons. Read why the treaty is critical to human survival


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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