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Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility press coverage plus press releases, op-eds and letters to the editor written by Chesapeake PSR members are below.


PRESS AND COMMENTARY

2017 Press

Washington Post article, How gardeners can combat climate change, Chesapeake PSR climate co-lead, Sara Via, PhD, April 20, 2017. Dr. Via talks about what you can do right in your back yard to reduce your carbon footprint and enjoy the natural world.

Maryland Public Television interview, The Dig: Fracking and Public Health, Chesapeake PSR board member Gina Angiola, MD, April 4, 2017. Dr. Angiola talks about the public health issues linked to fracking, and how no regulatory framework can protect residents from fracking's harms to health, air and water.

Baltimore Sun letter to the editor, Is Baltimore safe from rail accidents? Chesapeake PSR board president Gwen DuBois, MD, MPH, April 3, 2017. Dr DuBois discusses the need to evaluate the risks from transporting and storing oil and other hazardous materials in populated areas like Baltimore.

Baltimore Sun quote, Fracking Problems Would Affect Whole State, Opponents Tell Harford ForumChesapeake PSR board member Gina Angiola, MD, March 16, 2017 Dr. Angiola lays out harms to health and environment from fracking drilling and its entire infrastructure and lifecycle.

The Bay Net quote, Advocates, Community Leaders Condemn Pro-fracking Legislation, Chesapeake PSR board member Gina Angiola, MD, Feb. 9, 2017 Dr. Angiola is quoted saying that Maryland Senate leadership is evading its responsibility to protect public health by introducing a pro-fracking bill.

WSCL interview, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Big Health BoostChesapeake PSR Climate Health Action Team Co-Lead Sara Via, PhD, Feb. 7, 2017 Dr. Via speaks to Don Rush about the economic and health benefits to Maryland of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

WMDT interview, Greenhouse Gas Initiative Impacts Health in Maryland, Chesapeake PSR Climate Health Action Team Co-Lead Sara Via, PhD, Jan. 11, 2017 Dr. Via speaks on the positive health impacts of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

Maryland Reporter Op-Ed, Legislature Can Make Healthy Decisions on Fracking, Renewable Energy, Chesapeake PSR Climate Health Action Team Co-Lead Al Bartlett, MD, and Maryland Environmental Health Network's Rebecca Rehr, MPH, Jan. 12, 2017 Dr. Bartlett and Rehr make the case for health in urging the Maryland General Assembly to ban fracking and overturn Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act.

2016 Press

WYPR interview, Cleaning Up Maryland's Air, Chesapeake PSR Climate Health Action Team Co-Lead Sara Via, PhD, Dec. 15, 2016 Chesapeake PSR's Dr. Sara Via lauds the successes of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and the positive economic, environmental and health effects of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy efficiency in Maryland.

Frederick News-Post LTE, We Must Protect Frederick Residents From Fossil Fuel Pollution Chesapeake PSR Executive Director Tim Whitehouse, Nov. 20, 2016 Chesapeake PSR's Tim Whitehouse writes 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. 

Frederick News-Post article, Medical Community Calls for Carbon Emissions Reductions in Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), Chesapeake PSR Executive Director Tim Whitehouse, Aug. 25, 2016 Chesapeake PSR's Tim Whitehouse is quoted about a letter signed by 100 health care professionals asking for stricter emissions standards in RGGI, noting the adverse health effects of air pollution from electricity generation in Maryland and the Northeast. 

Frederick News-Post Op-Ed, Agricultural Overuse of Antibiotics, Antibiotic Resistance and Superbugs, Chesapeake PSR Climate Health Action Team Co-Lead Sara Via, PhD, July 13, 2016 Chesapeake PSR's DrSara Via and Betsy Nicholas of Fair Farms write about the need to reduce agricultural antibiotics use in animals that are not sick, to prevent the spread of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. 

Baltimore Sun Op-Ed, Banning Fracking is the Only Rational Option in Maryland, Chesapeake PSR Board Member Gina Angiola, MD, June 28, 2016 Chesapeake PSR's Dr. Gina Angiola talks about the consequences to health and climate of allowing fracking in Maryland. Studies link fracking to premature births, and increased hospitalization rates for cardiac and neurological illness. 

Baltimore Sun LTE, EmPOWER is Not a Tax, Chesapeake PSR Climate Health Action Team Co-Lead Sara Via, PhD, June 10, 2016 Chesapeake PSR's Dr. Sara Via, a biology professor at University of Maryland, outlines the benefits of the EmPOWER Maryland energy efficiency program in a letter to the editor, and criticizes Maryland Governor Larry Hogan for mentioning only the utility surcharge.

Baltimore Sun article, Maryland Challenges EPA Over Anne Arundel's Wagner Coal-Fired Power Plant, Chesapeake PSR President Gwen DuBois, MD, MPH, quoted, June 13, 2016 Chesapeake PSR's Dr. Gwen DuBois is quoted in the Baltimore Sun about the need for pollution controls on coal-fired power plants. 

WYPR appearance, Curtis Bay Baltimore Incinerator (Starts at 19:13), Chesapeake PSR Executive Director Tim Whitehouse, Feb. 17, 2016 In an interview with Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Secretary Ben Grumbles on WYPR, Chesapeake PSR's Tim Whitehouse questions the merits of the Energy Answers incinerator in the Curtis Bay neighborhood of Baltimore, stating that it makes no sense for public health (emitting lead and neurotoxins) and economic reasons.

WEAA, Marc Steiner Show appearance, Comments on the Curtis Bay Baltimore Maryland Incinerator, Chesapeake PSR Executive Director Tim Whitehouse and Secretary Gwen DuBois, MD, MPH, Feb. 11, 2016 Chesapeake PSR's Tim Whitehouse and Dr. Gwen DuBois talk to WEAA's Marc Steiner about the public health effects of lead emissions if Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) allows the Energy Answers trash incinerator to go forward in Baltimore's Curtis Bay.

2015 Press

Baltimore Sun Op-Ed, Curtis Bay Incinerator Progression Disappointing, Chesapeake PSR Secretary Gwen DuBois, MD, MPH, Nov. 9, 2015. Chesapeake PSR's Dr Gwen DuBois urges opposition to the proposed Energy Answers Incinerator because of emissions of mercury, lead, fine particulate matter, heavy metals, dioxin and nitrogen oxides (NOx) as well as diesel truck fumes. 

Baltimore Sun LTE, The Best Energy Expenditure is Negative, Chesapeake PSR Climate Health Action Team Co-Lead Sara Via, PhD, Aug. 20, 2015. Chesapeake PSR's Dr. Sara Via explains why energy efficiency is the secret weapon against air pollution.

Baltimore Sun LTE, Nuclear Weapons Threaten Human Extinction, Aug. 13, 2015, Chesapeake PSR Board Member Dr. Art Milholland,, Aug. 13, 2015 Chesapeake PSR Board Member Dr. Arthur Milholland outlines the numbers and dangers of nuclear weapons.

Baltimore Sun LTE, Governor Larry Hogan's Opposition to Clean Air Standards Harms Maryland Children's Health Chesapeake PSR Climate Health Action Team Co-Lead Alfred Bartlett, MD, Apr. 7, 2015. Chesapeake PSR's Dr. Alfred Bartlett identifies the health consequences (asthma, asthma attacks and hospitalizations) of not imposing stricter NOx standards on coal-fired power plants.

Baltimore Sun LTE, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Turns Back the Clock on Clean Air RegulationsChesapeake PSR Climate Health Action Team Co-Lead Sara Via, PhD, March 13, 2015. Chesapeake PSR's Dr. Sara Via criticizes Governor Hogan's decision not to publish regulations strengthening standards for NOx emissions from coal-fired power plants. 

Washington Post LTE, Should Montgomery County be Banning "Cosmetic" Lawn Pesticides?Chesapeake PSR Executive Director Tim Whitehouse, March 9, 2015. Chesapeake PSR's Tim Whitehouse supports a bill that would restrict the use of toxic lawn care pesticides in Montgomery County, Maryland. 

Gazette LTE, Exposure to Lawn Pesticides Carries DangersChesapeake PSR Board Member Stephanie Fowler, PhD, MPH, March 4, 2015. Chesapeake PSR's Dr. Stephanie Fowler supports a bill that would restrict the use of toxic lawn care pesticides in Montgomery County, Md. 

Cumberland Times-News LTE, Fracking Moratorium Ignores Public Health Risks, Chesapeake PSR Board Member Stephanie Fowler, PhD, MPH, Feb. 8, 2015. Chesapeake PSR member Dr. Stephanie Fowler counters claims from an industry spokesperson that fracking is safe.

Cumberland Times-News LTE, Maryland Needs to Take Long-Term Action Against Fracking Chesapeake PSR Board Member Stephanie Fowler, PhD, MPH, Jan. 30, 2015. Chesapeake PSR's Dr. Stephanie Fowler supports a moratorium on fracking in Maryland. 

2014 Press

Letters to the Editor and Commentary   


PRESS RELEASES

2017 Press Releases

Groups Sue To Block Trump Rollback of Safeguards For America’s Worst Toxic Water Pollution Source May 3, 2017

Groups File Amicus in Support of Montgomery County, MD Pesticide Restrictions, April 27, 2017

Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility Applauds Governor Hogan’s Support for a Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing in Maryland  March 17, 2017

Health Organizations Applaud the Maryland House of Delegates for Passing Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing in Maryland March 10, 2017

2016 Press Releases

Maryland Health Professionals Urge RGGI Board to Adopt More Stringent Carbon Caps  August 12, 2016

Maryland Groups Call on Fracking Industry to Allow Silenced Victims to Speak May 10, 2016

Physicians Group Calls for Moratorium on New Lead (Pb) Emitting Facilities in the Southern Baltimore Area, Including Curtis Bay Feb. 5, 2016

2015 Press Releases

Alliance for Nurses for Healthy Environments, Chesapeake PSR Comment on John's Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Study Linking Birth Outcomes and Proximity to Drilling and Fracking Operations During Pregnancy Oct. 8, 2015

Chesapeake PSR Launches Campaign Against Fracking Industry Secrets July 9, 2015

Chesapeake PSR, Sierra Club Take Gov. Hogan to Court for Unlawfully Blocking Clean Air June 11, 2015

Chesapeake PSR, Sierra Club Announce Intent to Take Gov. Hogan to Court for Unlawfully Blocking Clean Air Protections April 22, 2015

Chesapeake PSR Announces Opposition to Senate Bill 409, Environment, Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations April 3, 2015

Governor Hogan Steps Back from Public's Right to Breathe Clean Air Jan. 22, 2015

2014 Press Releases

Chesapeake PSR, Food and Water Watch, Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environment Urge Legislature to Keep Hydraulic Fracturing Out of Maryland Dec. 17, 2014

Press Release on Governor O'Malley's Statement on Hydraulic Fracturing Nov. 25, 2014

Chesapeake PSR and Other Organizations Call on Governor O'Malley to Support Complete Disclosure of Hydraulic Fracturing Chemical Formulas July 16, 2014


Press Contact

Tim Whitehouse, Chesapeake PSR Executive Director

325 East 25th St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
240-246-4492

twhitehouse@psr.org