Chesapeake PSR

Position Papers

Below are links to testimony, positions, letters and statements by Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility (Chesapeake PSR) in support of its policy agenda.

LEGISLATIVE AGENDA 2017

Legislation Chesapeake PSR is supporting in the 2017 Maryland General Assembly.

LEGISLATIVE TESTIMONY 2017

Chesapeake PSR Supports HB 0270: Testing for Lead in Drinking Water - Public and Nonpublic Schools, April 5, 2017

Chesapeake PSR Supports HB 1487 Landlord and Tenant - Repossession for Failure to Pay Rent - Procedures, March 29, 2017

Chesapeake PSR Supports HB 932: Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Atrazine Study March 9, 2017

Chesapeake PSR Supports HB 1358: Maryland Lead Poisoning Recovery Act March 8, 2017

Chesapeake PSR Supports SB740: Oil and Natural Gas – Hydraulic Fracturing – Prohibition Feb 28, 2017

Chesapeake PSR Opposes SB 862: Environment - Hydraulic Fracturing - Moratorium and Referenda Feb 28, 2017

Chesapeake PSR Supports with Amendments HB 133: Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing - Notification of Elevated Blood Lead Level Feb 24, 2017

Chesapeake PSR Supports with Amendments HB 7: Children With Elevated Blood Lead Levels - Environmental Investigation Feb 24, 2017

Chesapeake PSR Supports HB 1325: Oil and Natural Gas – Hydraulic Fracturing – Prohibition Feb 22, 2017

Chesapeake PSR Supports SB230: Healthy Working Families Act  Feb. 9, 2017

Chesapeake PSR Supports SB 184: Energy Efficiency Programs - Calculations of Program Savings and Consideration of Cost-Effectiveness Jan. 30, 2017

Chesapeake PSR Supports HB 0066, Environment - Lead and Mercury Wheel Weights - Prohibition Jan. 25, 2017 

LEGISLATIVE ROUNDUP 2016

Outcomes of Legislation We Supported in the 2016 Maryland General Assembly

LEGISLATIVE TESTIMONY 2016

Chesapeake PSR Opposes SB 361, Civil Actions - Hydraulic Fracturing Liability Act (fracking in Maryland) March 28, 2016

Chesapeake PSR Supports HB 1287 Public Utilities - Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard - Eligible Sources (RPS) March 3, 2016

Chesapeake PSR Supports HB 1106 - Clean Energy Jobs - Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard Revisions (RPS) March 3, 2016

Chesapeake PSR Supports HB 580 - Healthy Working Families Act (paid sick leave) March 1, 2016

Chesapeake PSR Supports HB 1328 - Environment - Lead and Mercury Wheel Weights - Prohibited March 1, 2016

Chesapeake PSR Supports HB 829 - Agriculture - Cattle, Swine, and Poultry - Use of Antimicrobial Drugs (antibiotic resistance) March 1, 2016

Chesapeake PSR Supports HB 1180 - Correctional Services - Restrictive Housing - Report Feb. 26, 2016

Chesapeake PSR Supports HB 705 Maryland Clean Energy Center - Clean Energy Technology Funding (Green Bank) Feb. 25, 2016

Chesapeake PSR Supports HB 394: Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals - Information and Fund Feb. 17, 2016

Chesapeake PSR Supports SB 323: Maryland Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act - Reauthorization Feb. 9, 2016

Chesapeake PSR Supports HB 211: Pollinator Protection Act Feb. 10, 2016

LEGISLATIVE ROUNDUP 2015

Legislation We Supported in the 2015 Maryland General Assembly April 19, 2015

LEGISLATIVE TESTIMONY 2015

Chesapeake PSR Supports Maryland Bill HB1042, NOx Emissions - Pollution and Combustion Control Technologies March 12, 2015

Chesapeake PSR Supports Maryland Bill HB952, Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals - Information and Fund March 11, 2015

Chesapeake PSR Supports Maryland Public Information Act Bill SB695 March 6, 2015

Chesapeake PSR Supports Maryland Bill  HB1087/SB481, The Community Solar Energy System Program March 3, 2015

Chesapeake PSR Supports Maryland  Bill SB163, The Pollinator Protection Act Feb. 17, 2015

Chesapeake PSR Supports Maryland Bill HB0987/SB0693, Ambient Air Quality Control-Cumulative Air Impact Analysis Feb. 17, 2015

Chesapeake PSR Supports Montgomery County Bill 52-14, Restricting the Use of Certain Kinds of Pesticides Jan. 14, 2015

POSITION PAPERS, LETTERS AND COMMENTS

Air Quality Monitoring

Chesapeake PSR Letter to MDE on the 2016 Annual Ambient Air Monitoring Network Plan for the State of Maryland June 23, 2015

Coal-Fired Power Plants

Sierra Club and Chesapeake PSR comments to the Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review Committee on Proposed NOx Regulations from Coal-fired Power Plants November 24, 2015

Sierra Club and Chesapeake PSR Comments on 9-18-15 Draft of 26.11.38: Control of NOx Emissions from Coal-fired Electric Generating Units October 23, 2015

Chesapeake PSR Comments on 7-26-15 Draft of 26.11.38: Control of NOx Emissions from Coal-fired Electric Generating Units July 31, 2015

Chesapeake PSR and Sierra Club's Notice of Intent to Sue Maryland Governor Hogan--NOx Emissions, Coal Plants April 22, 2015

Sierra Club, Chesapeake PSR TV Commercial, Governor Hogan Blocking Critical Clean Air Protections April 2, 2015

Chesapeake PSR Letter to Senate President Mike Miller on the Importance of HB1042/SB892 Addressing NOx Emissions from Coal Plants March 26, 2015

Chesapeake PSR Comments on Proposed COMAR 26.11.38: Control of NOx Emissions from Coal-Fired Electric Generating Units Jan. 7, 2015

Chesapeake PSR Handout, HB1042/ SB 892 are Important Public Health Bills Feb. 2015 (addressing NOx emissions from coal plants)

Chesapeake PSR Letter to Governor Martin O'Malley Supporting Rules Curbing NOx Emissions from Coal-Fired Power Plants June 20, 2014

Chesapeake PSR Letter to MDE Secretary Robert Summers Supporting Preliminary Draft Regulations on NOx Emissions for Coal-Fired Power Plants Jan. 22, 2014

Sierra Club, CCAN and Chesapeake PSR Letter to Governor O'Malley asking for Stricter Controls on NOx and SO2 Pollution from Coal-Fired Power Plants Aug. 14, 2013

Energy Efficiency and EmPOWER Maryland

Multi-organization Letter to Governor Larry Hogan Encouraging Continuation and Growth of EmPOWER August 29, 2016

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act (GGRA)

Chesapeake PSR Comments to the Maryland Commission on Climate Change on Reauthorization of the GGRA  August 31, 2015

Hydraulic Fracturing/Fracking in Maryland

Fracking Regulations Cannot Protect Maryland - a Chesapeake PSR Health and Energy Brief, January 2017

Letter from Health Professionals Opposing Fracking in Maryland Dec. 20. 2016

Chesapeake PSR Comments to MDE on Draft Fracking Regulations Dec. 14, 2016

The Health Effects of Fracking - a Chesapeake PSR Health and Energy Brief, October 2016

Chesapeake PSR Comments to MDE on Fracking Issue Papers July 18, 2016

Chesapeake PSR Statement in Support of a Ban on Fracking in Maryland April 16, 2016

Position Statement in Support of Long-Term Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing in Maryland Feb. 2, 2015  (Superseded in 2016 - Now working on enacting a ban on fracking in Maryland) 

Chesapeake PSR Board Calls for a Continued Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing Fracking in Maryland (Superseded in 2016 - Now working on enacting a ban on fracking in Maryland)  Dec. 20, 2014

David Brown, ScD, Comments for Chesapeake PSR on Maryland Department of the Environment and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' Hydraulic Fracturing Risk Assessment (Fracking) Nov. 2014

Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy (PSE) Comments to Chesapeake PSR on Maryland Department of the Environment's Hydraulic Fracturing Risk Assessment (Fracking) Nov. 2014

Chesapeake PSR Comments on Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health's Study re: Potential Public Health Impacts for Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) Oct. 2, 2014

Chesapeake PSR Brochure: Hydraulic Fracturing, Will Maryland Hinder the Work of Medical and Health Professionals?

Chesapeake PSR, Maryland Environmental Health Network and Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments Letter to Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH) re: Lack of Connection Between MIAEH's Public Health Study and MIAEH's Policy Recommendations on Hydraulic Fracturing July 8, 2014

Chesapeake PSR Maryland Environmental Health Network, Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments and Concerned Health Professionals of NY Letter to Governor O'Malley on Science and Health Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing April 15, 2014

Chesapeake PSR Letter to Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH) on Scope of MIAEH's Potential Public Health Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing Jan. 24, 2014

Chesapeake PSR Letter to Maryland Department of Environment re: Draft Hydraulic Fracturing Best Practices Study Aug. 29, 2013

Incineration

Chesapeake PSR Letter to MDE Secretary Benjamin Grumbles Asking for a Moratorium on New Lead-Emitting Facilities in Southern Baltimore, Including Curtis Bay Feb. 5, 2016

Chesapeake PSR Letter to Baltimore School Board on Dangers of Proposed Incinerator Dec. 20, 2014 (similar letters were sent to 11 other entities)

Nuclear

Chesapeake PSR Comments to EPA Opposing PAG Guidelines Increasing Allowable Radiation in Drinking Water July 25, 2016

Offshore Wind

Petition to Intervene in Applications of Maryland Offshore Wind Projects Dec. 10, 2016

PowerPoint Presentation on Offshore Wind in Maryland by Alfred Bartlett, MD, Co-Lead, Chesapeake PSR Climate Health Action Team  August 2016

Oil and Gas

Oil Trains in Baltimore: Chesapeake PSR President Dr. Gwen DuBois's letter to Baltimore City Health Department Supporting Oil Train Risk Assessment October 19, 2016

Offshore Wind

Chesapeake PSR letter in support of offshore wind in Case No. 9431: In the Matter of the Applications of US Wind, Inc. and Skipjack Offshore Energy, LLC for a Proposed Offshore Wind Project(s) pursuant to the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013.

Pesticides

Chesapeake PSR Letter Urging City of Gaithersburg to Opt In to Montgomery County Pesticide Ban (Healthy Lawns Act) July 1, 2016

Pollinator Protection and Neonicotinoids

Chesapeake PSR testimony supporting the Pollinator Protection Act Feb. 10, 2016

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

Chesapeake PSR Comments at Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) With Secretary Ben Grumbles September 1, 2016

Health Professional Sign-On Letter (162 Signatures) to RGGI Board Urging More Stringent Carbon Caps  August 12, 2016

Chesapeake PSR Comments on the 2016 RGGI Program Review  Feb. 19, 2016

Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS)

Health Professional Sign-On Letter to Override Governor Hogan's Veto on Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2016, September 2016

Solar and Community Solar

Chesapeake PSR Letter to PSC Supporting Maryland's Community Solar Energy Generating System (CSEGS) pilot program June 6, 2016

Nuclear Power and Nuclear Waste

Chesapeake PSR's comments on Waste Control Specialists LLC’s Consolidated Interim Spent Fuel Storage Facility Project March 2, 2017