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Back from the Brink: Support a World Free of Nuclear Weapons
Chesapeake PSR's board enthusiastically supports national Physicians for Social Responsibility's (PSR) Back from the Brink resolution, a call to prevent nuclear war demanding a world free from the threat of nuclear weapons. The resolution calls on the United States to lead in preventing nuclear war by renouncing the first strike nuclear option, ending the sole authority for a U.S. president to launch a nuclear attack, removing nuclear weapons from hair-trigger alert, cancelling plans to enhance the U.S. nuclear arsenal and pursuing a verifiable agreement among nuclear-armed states to eliminate nuclear weapons. Many local and national organizations have endorsed the "Back from the Brink" resolution. Sign the resolution as an individual or sign the resolution as an organization.
Maryland: Health Professionals Urge Maryland's Legislature to Strengthen Responses to Lead Exposures in Children (closed)
This health professional letter urged the Maryland General Assembly to improve the intervention and notification requirements on blood lead levels in children to be consistent with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations. This change would lower the level at which the state must conduct an environmental investigation into the causes of a child's lead poisoning from the state's current level of 10 micrograms per deciliter to 5 micrograms. Blood lead levels in children in Maryland are a serious issue. Read more on our lead page.
Maryland: Urge the General Assembly to Support 100 Percent Clean Renewable Electricity by 2035 (closed)
This letter urged the Maryland General Assembly to support the "100% Clean Renewable Energy and Equity Act," to place Maryland firmly on a feasible path to achieving 100% clean electricity by 2035. The bill was withdrawn during the 2018 Maryland General Assembly session but will be reintroduced in 2019. Read more about the act here.
This health professional letter urged the General Assembly to support the Community Healthy Air Act, which requires the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to perform a one-time study of the air pollutants emitted by concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO) and assesses any potential public health risks. Industrial poultry operations in Maryland emit contaminants including ammonia, particulate matter, volatile organic compounds and endotoxins. Studies have shown that exposure to these contaminants has been linked to asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory issues.
This petition urged the Virginia General Assembly to remove Virginia’s anti-competitive solar policies that inhibit the growth of distributed solar energy in the state. Removing Virginia’s anti-competitive solar policies would benefit the state’s economy and the health of its residents and create even more good-paying local jobs. Increasing the use of solar and other clean energy means fewer dirty energy sources, resulting in public health benefits such as fewer serious cases of asthma and other respiratory diseases, as well as lower risks of heart attacks and strokes.
This petition urged the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to strengthen coal-fired power plant discharge standards. The Trump administration is trying to roll back the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards devised in 2015, but MDE can require Maryland coal-fired power plants to comply with the stronger standards, regardless of what the Trump EPA decides. Upholding strong effluent standards will help protect Maryland residents from the adverse health impacts - including brain damage and cancer - of toxic lead, mercury and arsenic discharge into Maryland waterways. Read about Chesapeake PSR's involvement in a lawsuit against the EPA on this issue.
This petition urged Maryland's congressional delegation to freeze spending on nuclear weapons, support the Markey-Lieu bill to reduce the threat of first strike nuclear launches and support the U.N. treaty to ban nuclear weapons. In July of 2017, 122 nations signed a treaty to ban nuclear weapons development, testing and possession. Nuclear weapons present an existential threat to the world and must be eliminated. The U.S. - along with the other eight nuclear-armed states - did not participate in treaty negotiations and has plans to spend more than $1 trillion upgrading its nuclear arsenal.
The petition was signed by 81 Virginia health professionals and advocates. The letter urges the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to reject certification for the Mountain Valley Pipeline and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which will endanger Virginia water, air and community safety. Read more about the pipelines.
The petition was signed by 94 Virginia health professionals and advocates. The letter urges the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to develop regulations that support deep reductions in allowable carbon emissions from power plants. We also urge DEQ ensure the regulations are "trading-ready" so that Virginia can join a multi-state carbon reduction program such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), to bring more resources to protect Virginia’s coastline, stronger energy efficiency programs, an increase in the use of clean, renewable energy, more jobs, and better health outcomes for Virginia residents.
Maryland: Support a Strong RGGI Program for Climate Action (closed)
The petition letter was delivered to Governor Larry Hogan on July 13, 2017. The letter, with 81 signatures, asks Governor Larry Hogan to support the strongest possible plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
On August 23, 2017, the RGGI states agreed to strengthen RGGI program, cutting emissions by almost 30 percent by 2030 from the electricity sector.
Maryland: Support Offshore Wind in Maryland (closed)
This petition is closed and was delivered to the Public Service Commission (PSC) with 86 signatures in April 2017. It supported two proposals for offshore wind projects in an area off the Maryland coast.
On May 11, 2017, the PSC approved both offshore wind projects.
Maryland: Our letter to support a Maryland fracking ban (closed)
In early March 2017 we delivered a letter from over 220 doctors, nurses, researchers and other public health professionals who have signed on to our health professionals letter asking Maryland leaders to enact a fracking ban.
On April 4, 2017, Governor Hogan signed a law banning fracking in Maryland.
Maryland: Our letter to support a veto override of Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2016 (closed)
On February 2, 2017, the Senate joined the House of Delegates in voting to override the Clean Energy Jobs Act. The Clean Energy Jobs Act is now law in Maryland. The act will increase Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), committing Maryland to receive 25 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020—an increase from the current goal of 20 percent by 2022. Our letter supporting an override is here.