Dear Friends of PSR Philadelphia,
Happy Holidays! We hope your are staying warm this holiday season and enjoying the company of family and friends. 
Updates on PSR
PSR Committees
PSR Philadelphia's Board of Director's are initiating committees that will help expand our mission by designing programs, improving communications and strategic planning, and augmenting membership. If you would like to volunteer or donate please visit our website or donate today. 
Peaceful Posse
PSR's Peaceful Posse has had tremendous success this year. 6-10 boys actively attend the group on a weekly basis, held at community centers in the housing projects as well as local restaurants. The boys have displayed less aggression, held each other accountable for their own misbehaviors/actions, and a few have even exceeded academically. The boys have started to confide in our PSR volunteers and act as role models in their communities
Take Action!
1) Sign petition against DRBC's unjust public participation process
Since 2010, the processing of fracking waste and extraction of water for fracking outside of the Delaware Water Basin have been prohibited by the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC).  The DRBC is proposing regulations that remove key protections.   The draft regulations   propose a ban, which is stronger than the current moratorium on high volume hydraulic fracturing throughout the Delaware River Basin  but also would allow the discharge of frack wastewater in the Watershed and the export of water out of the basin for fracking elsewhere.

 The DRBC issued its draft natural gas regulations on Nov. 30 and  made public participation close to impossible .
  • Two public hearings in extremely difficult to access location locations: Waymart PA on Jan. 23 (at the top of a mountain) and a hotel at the Philadelphia Airport on Jan. 25 (Which is difficult to access without public transportation).
  • Included a written public comment period closing Feb. 28, 5:00 pm.
  • To speak at the hearings or to submit an online comment, you must register on line by December 31 and wait to be assigned a speaker slot. 
Please sign this petition to help pressure the Commissioners into extending the comment period from 90 days to 180 days, add hearings, to remove the nonsensical restrictions and to create a just process that is inclusive of everyone. For more information on how you can take action and help fight the DRBC visit: http://www.delawareriverkeeper.org/node/5136 or http s://www.facebook.com/events/174877963101246/
2) Fight to protect the Clean Power Plan!
The Clean Power Plan is an existing rule that sets strong carbon pollution standards for electric power plants. By 2030, the Clean Power Plan would prevent 90,000 pediatric asthma attacks, 4,500 premature deaths, hundreds of thousands of lost work and school days, and save tens of billions of dollars—each year.
The current Administration has proposed repealing the rule , giving power plants a license to pollute, and allowing them to continue to avoid paying for the costs of their pollution. The Lung Association is fighting back and to learn more about their efforts visit: http://www.lung.org/our-initiatives/healthy-air/outdoor/fighting-for-healthy-air/
Please consider three actions:
  • Submit your own comment to protect the Clean Power Plan here
  • Submit your signature on a letter for parents and grandparents who support implementation of the Clean Power Plan (The Lung Association's goal is to get 4,500 signatures, to represent the 4,500 annual premature deaths that could be avoided if EPA implemented the Clean Power Plan before the public comment period deadline of January 16, 2018)
  • Please help promote the letter with the sample tweet: Calling all Parents & Grandparents! Please tell @EPA to safeguard #CleanAir4Kids & protect the Clean Power Plan! #ProtectCPP http://bit.ly/2A3ex8t
Current News
Fracking sites may raise the risk of underweight babies
A new five-year study on more than 1.1 million births in Pennsylvania between 2004 and 2013, found that 25% of women who live within half a mile from fracking sites gave birth to low weight infants and those who live half a mile to two miles away also gave birth to low weight infants, although not as low. Beyond two miles, there was no indication of any health effect to newborns, a significant drop-off, the study said. Read more about this issue here .