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Dr Philip Landrigan event

Join PSR Maine and Maine AAP in welcoming Dr Philip Landrigan for a special event about pesticides and his new book –  Children and Environmental Toxins: What Everyone Needs to Know.  Friday, October 19, 2018 5:30PM reception, 6:30PM talk (followed by Q&A) Innovation Hall, UNE Portland campus Pre-registration HERE Dr Landrigan is an international leader in public health …

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Be wary of fighting ticks with pesticides, consider alternatives

Portland Press Herald Feature Letter from Dr James Maier – The recently released results of a Critical Insights poll show that over 80 percent of voters in Maine are concerned about the increased spread of insect-borne diseases like Lyme related to our changing climate. If folks haven’t been outdoors much recently


Scarborough lawmakers should back solar bill

The Forecaster Letter to the editor from Mark Follansbee on a proposed law that would protect Maine’s solar industry. “New rules, which will be implemented in just a few months, impose an additional fee for using energy that homeowners generate themselves. This undermines the economic incentives for residential-scale solar installations and, in turn, threatens an …

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Pass legislation to protect community solar projects in Maine

Portland Press Herald Letter to the editor from Mark Follansbee on a proposed bill to protect Maine’s growing solar industry from new fees. “New rules that will be implemented in just a few months impose an additional fee for using energy that homeowners generate themselves. This undermines the economic incentives for residential-scale solar installations, and, …

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Trump’s EPA cuts are a threat to clean water

Bangor Daily News Op-ed by physician Janis Petzel on the repeal of the Clean Water Rule and proposed cuts to EPA’s budget. “Weakening clean water protections harms Maine and its people. A healthy environment leads to better health from a medical perspective, but it is also the basis for a healthy economy. Maine depends on …

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We can pull ourselves back from the brink of nuclear war

Bangor Daily News Op-ed from Peter Wilk, MD and Constance Jordan, MSN, ANP, PMHNP on what we can do to prevent nuclear war. “Mainers are joining in the urgent effort to lead us back from the brink of nuclear catastrophe. A growing group of Maine health professional and religious organizations, including the Maine Council of …

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Help firefighters by nixing chemicals

Morning Sentinal June 28, 2017 Letter to the editor by Sally Melcher-McKeagney, RN, PSR Maine member. “The only way to reduce exposures to our families and firefighters is to avoid the toxic chemicals completely. Flame retardants in upholstered furniture have no life safety benefit, make fires more dangerous, according to experts, and no state in …

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Maine scientists, academics condemn Trump’s decision on climate accord, see consequences for state

Portland Press Herald The Maine Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, which represents more than 3,000 health care professionals and health advocates statewide, also issued a statement that warned withdrawal from the Paris accord “threatens human health in Maine.” “President Trump’s plan to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord endangers the health of all Mainers …

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Flame retardants an example of better living through chemistry gone awry

Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel Op-ed by PSR Maine’s Sydney Sewall, MD, MPH. “Both organizations that I represent — the Maine Chapters of Physicians for Social Responsibility and the American Academy of Pediatrics — would urge our legislators to support this bill [to ban chemical flame retardants]. Flame retardants are like the lead we used …

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