Chesapeake PSR joined other environmental and health groups in a lawsuit to prevent Scott Pruitt's EPA from unlawfully rolling back important health protections for our nation's waterways from toxic water waste from US coal power plants.
Lead in lipstick is still allowed in the US. The FDA recently released a draft guidance on allowable parts per million for lead in cosmetics. Kim Egan of Chesapeake PSR's advisory group writes about why there is no safe level of lead exposure for humans.
USEPA rejected the Maryland Department of the Environment'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.
Chesapeake PSR asks Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to improve lead emissions and lead air pollution monitoring in south Baltimore and extend the comment period on the Maryland Air Monitoring Network Plan.
The New York Times reported on the health problems faced by residents in the Upton-Druid Heights neighborhood of West Baltimore, the scene of recent unrest in Maryland's largest city.
The New York Times reported that, "...residents die from nearly every major disease at substantially higher rates than the city as a whole — nearly double the rate from heart disease, more than double the rate from prostate cancer, and triple the rate from AIDS. Life expectancy here is just 68 years, one notch above Pakistan." In addition, the area suffers from higher rates of asthma, lead paint poisoning and drug addiction.
Bishop Douglas Miles, the pastor at Koinonia Baptist Church in Northeast Baltimore, told the New York Times, “If the statistics that are present in these communities were present in any white community in Baltimore, it would be declared a state of emergency. Health disparities loom as a giant lurking in the shadows. They never get talked about.”