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PSR-LA in the News! Help Us Turn Awareness into Action

PSR-LA in the News! Help Us Turn Awareness into Action

PSR-LA is making headlines! In just the last two weeks, our work to protect health and the environment was featured in multiple media outlets. We are building momentum for change and now must keep the pressure on. Please help us turn this exciting media attention into action by donating today!

New Report Highlights Risks Posed by Oil & Gas Operations to Local Communities in LA

New Report Highlights Risks Posed by Oil & Gas Operations to Local Communities in LA

Where you live matters. People living adjacent to oil and gas wells are living with the very real possibility of serious health conditions due to exposures from air toxic chemicals that are known to have significant health impacts. And ultimately, once the oil is extracted, refining and burning it causes very real health impacts for everyone.

June 18 – SSFL Work Group Meeting

Learn About Potential for Offsite Exposures from the Santa Susana Field Laboratory Wednesday, June 18th 6:30 PM  Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center 3050 E. Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, CA 93065 The next SSFL Work Group meeting will include a featured presentation on: Potential for Offsite Exposures Associated with the Santa Susana Field Laboratory – Dr. Yoram Cohen, Professor of […]

Position Available: Heath and Air Associate

Position Available: Heath and Air Associate

Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles (PSR-LA) seeks a full time Air Quality & Health Program Associate to support the implementation of PSR-LA’s Air & Health program. The Program focuses on regional air pollution policies, elimination of urban oil and gas extraction, and rapid transition away from use of fossil fuels for energy.

The Toxies Make News in the San Gabriel Valley

The Toxies Make News in the San Gabriel Valley

The Toxies made a splash on March 22nd at a community event hosted by Congresswoman Grace Napolitano to discuss the status of the Baldwin Park Superfund site, as well as drinking water quality issues in the San Gabriel Valley.

Press Release: Fire Safety & Health Groups Defend Improved Furniture Flammability Standard

Press Release: Fire Safety & Health Groups Defend Improved Furniture Flammability Standard

New Standard Better Protects Firefighters and Consumers – A coalition of fire safety and health groups has intervened to support the recently updated California furniture flammability regulations, which have been challenged by the major chemical manufacturer Chemtura.

March 26 - Movie Presentation of Toxic Hot Seat

March 26 – Movie Presentation of Toxic Hot Seat

Join us for a screening of the HBO Documentary, Toxic Hot Seat, on Wednesday, March 26 at 7:30pm at Laemmle’s Royal Theatre. The film explores the use and effects of chemical flame retardants in the United States and features PSR-LA’s Martha Dina Argüello and Ana Mascareñas.

LA City Council Takes First Steps Toward Fracking Moratorium

LA City Council Takes First Steps Toward Fracking Moratorium

On Friday, February 28, the Los Angeles City Council voted to take the first steps toward establishing a moratorium on fracking and unconventional well stimulation in Los Angeles!

PSR-LA Executive Director Martha Dina Argüello to Receive Black Women for Wellness Award

PSR-LA Executive Director Martha Dina Argüello to Receive Black Women for Wellness Award

PSR-LA is proud to announce that Executive Director Martha Dina Argüello will receive the “Wangari Muta Maathai” Award from Black Women for Wellness on March 8th.

February 5 - SSFL Work Group Meeting

February 5 – SSFL Work Group Meeting

Learn more about the nuclear and chemical contamination at the Santa Susana Field Lab (SSFL) and efforts to clean it up at SSFL Work Group meeting on February 5th at 6:30 pm at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 E. Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, CA 93065.

Jan. 9 & 10 - Chemical Security Listening Sessions in LA

Jan. 9 & 10 – Chemical Security Listening Sessions in LA

A working group of federal agencies will be in Los Angeles to hear your ideas on how we can prevent disasters at U.S. chemical facilities. Our voices are needed urgently to make sure this review includes prevention-based policies so that our health and environment can be protected.

Court Halts Disposal of Radioactive SSFL Debris at Unlicensed Facilities

Court Halts Disposal of Radioactive SSFL Debris at Unlicensed Facilities

The Sacramento Superior Court granted a motion for preliminary injunction against the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) pending the final outcome of a lawsuit over the demolition and disposal of radioactive debris from the Santa Susana Field Lab (SSFL), a former nuclear reactor and rocket engine test site. The suit was brought by the […]

SB4 - Gag Rule Gone!  But the fracking battle continues...

SB4 – Gag Rule Gone! But the fracking battle continues…

While the battle in the Capital was fierce, when SB 4( Pavley) was signed by the Governor on Friday, September 20th it required that all of the chemicals used in well stimulation be disclosed and there is NO doctor gag rule. In the final days of session this bill became problematic when California Environmental Quality Act exemptions where added to the bill.

November 6 - TOXIC HOT SEAT advance screening

November 6 – TOXIC HOT SEAT advance screening

Join us for an advance screening of the HBO documentary, TOXIC HOT SEAT, which explores Chemical Flame Retardants in the U.S. The film features PSR-LA’s Martha Dina Argüello and Ana Mascareñas. When: Wednesday, November 6th @ 6pm Where: Fowler Museum at UCLA North Campus, UCLA, Los Angeles, California 90095 RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1597MDXXvx175xZzddBBIl9AttOJXyEVGLuIqKputTCU/viewform TOXIC HOT SEAT follows a courageous group of […]

Press Release: Oil Companies Used 12 Air Toxic Chemicals Hundreds of Times in LA Basin

Press Release: Oil Companies Used 12 Air Toxic Chemicals Hundreds of Times in LA Basin

Oil companies have used 12 dangerous “air toxic” chemicals more than 300 times in the Los Angeles Basin in recent months, according to a new report from the Center for Biological Diversity that is already drawing concerned reactions from public health advocates and an L.A. city councilmember.