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  • Chernobyl Engineer in Hospital, 1986 Chernobyl Remembrance
    Posted by Alan H. Lockwood, M.D., F.A.A.N. on April 26, 2016

    Almost 30 years ago I was a member of the PSR delegation that toured what was then the USSR. Our trip coincided with the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster that occurred about six weeks earlier. Read more »

  • What is PSR doing, taking a stand on a trade bill?
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on May 11, 2015

    Look again: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is much more than a trade bill. (In fact, of its 29 draft chapters, only five deal with tariffs and other traditional trade issues.) Read more »
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  • Areva: Enemy of the Environment and Democratic Practices in Africa?
    Posted by Dadie Loh on December 24, 2012

    Areva, the French uranium extraction giant, has proven that protection of the environment and a feasible democratic process in countries where it operates is the least of its concerns. Read more »

  • IPPNW World Congress, August 2012 Video
    Posted by Mathias Pollock, MPH on December 24, 2012

    Hundreds of physicians and health professionals from all over the world came together at the 20th World Congress in Hiroshima, Japan to dialogue and strategize for the elimination of nuclear weapons and the threat of nuclear war. Read more »
    2 comment(s)

  • I wish you could have been with us this morning
    Posted by Dick Mark, Consulting Director, Safe Energy on November 19, 2012

    Dick Mark is consulting director of PSR's Safe Energy Program. He attended an important court hearing on Mon., Nov. 19 Read more »

  • PSR in Japan: Lessons from Fukushima
    Posted by Mathias Pollock, MPH on August 29, 2012

    There is no safe world in which either nuclear weapons capabilities or reliance on nuclear energy can exist. They are inextricably linked both through the science of supply and the politics of power. And as modern history has continually reaffirmed, since the very inception of the nuclear age, the human race is both unequipped to safeguard against this awesome force and unprepared to deal with the consequences. Read more »

  • Reforming the Title XVII Program
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell on July 20, 2012

    The Title XVII Loan Guarantee Program (1703) is a part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and was established to provide loan guarantees for ‘innovative energy technologies’. Read more »
    3 comment(s)

  • 'Waste Confidence': What you need to know
    Posted by Diane Curran, partner in the firm of Harmon, Curran, Spielberg, & Eisenberg, L.L.P. and representative of BREDL, Riverkeeper, and SACE in the court appeal of the waste confidence rule on June 20, 2012

    On June 8, 2012, the US District Court of Appeals threw out the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) so-called ‘waste confidence’ decision. The lawsuit, brought by the state of New York and four environmental groups (Natural Resources Defense Council, Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, Riverkeeper, and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy) will fundamentally impact NRC licensing proceedings and environmental analysis as well as any future decisions on nuclear waste management. Read more »
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  • Quiet Retreat
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell on January 25, 2012

    Last night President Obama’s State of the Union called for us to “double-down on a clean energy industry.” Amid several not-so-great comments about fracking and offshore oil, it was notable that President Obama failed to mention nuclear at all. Read more »

  • And We're Back...
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell on November 15, 2011

    Apologies to all readers for the longish hiatus of this blog. Many things have occurred since we last posted: Read more »
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  • The Fallout
    Posted by Charlotte Tucker, APHA on November 1, 2011

    A nuclear disaster in a plant near Chicago would force the evacuation of 7 million people and could deliver fatal doses of radiation to 20,000 people, said a speaker at an APHA session on "In the Wake of Fukushima: Is Nuclear Energy Healthy for Communities?" this afternoon. Read more »

  • Speak Up! The BRC needs to hear from you!
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell on September 13, 2011

    Today the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future (BRC) will convene in Denver the first of its public meetings since releasing its draft report on US nuclear waste management. The BRC was created in the wake of the Obama Administration’s wise decision to shutter the Yucca Mountain project as a way to hopefully (finally?) figure out what to do with spent fuel in this country. In case you didn’t know, after 60 years of nuclear power, the U.S. still has no permanent storage for the over 65,000 tons of spent fuel sitting around at 70 sites all over the country. Read more »
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  • Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell on September 2, 2011

    The Associated Press has done some more great work on the safety risks of nuclear reactors. According to its recent analysis of an 11,000 page record request from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the risk that an earthquake would cause a severe accident at a U.S. nuclear reactor is much greater than previously thought. Read more »

  • Hurriquake Week and Nuclear Reactors
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell on August 26, 2011

    Just days after an earthquake that shook Toronto to South Carolina, we are once again gearing up for a dangerous scenario. The earthquake caused ‘unusual events’ at a dozen reactors along the East Coast, demonstrating, particularly in the wake of the Fukushima disaster earlier this year that more emergency preparedness is desperately needed at reactor sites. This upcoming weekend, the East Coast is expecting a Category 3 hurricane, Irene, which poses yet another threat to the reactor safety. Read more »

  • Laser Enrichment and its Proliferation Risks
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell and Ashish Sinha on August 22, 2011

    Over the weekend, the New York Times reported on General Electric’s successful attempt at using laser enrichment to create nuclear fuel. They now seek support for a $1 billion facility that would cover 100 acres in Wilmington, NC. Read more »

  • Laser Enrichment and its Proliferation Risks
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell and Ashish Sinha on August 22, 2011

    Over the weekend, the New York Times reported on General Electric’s successful attempt at using laser enrichment to create nuclear fuel. They now seek support for a $1 billion facility that would cover 100 acres in Wilmington, NC. Read more »

  • Score One for Jaczko, Public Safety
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell on August 12, 2011

    PSR is an organization that you couldn’t accuse of going soft on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Let’s face it: there are many reasons not to. Still, it’s heartening to see that NRC Chairman Jaczko understands that NRC is supposed actually regulate the nuclear industry. Yesterday, he made public his vote (and reasoning for said vote) on the recommendations of the NRC’s Fukushima Task Force, in which he endorses moving forward on the recommendations. Read more »

  • Hiroshima-Nagasaki-Fukushima
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell and Ashish Sinha on August 10, 2011

    On August 6, 1945, by executive order of President Truman, the United States of America detonated the atomic bomb named “Little Boy” over Hiroshima. Read more »
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  • Thermo-Nuclear
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell on August 5, 2011

    It’s August in DC. It may be hyperbolic, but there are times when I feel like bursting into flames is an appropriate reaction to the horrible atmosphere that greets me when I leave the safe confines of air-conditioning. Read more »

  • Heart-wrenching stories from Fukushima on the Right to Relocate
    Posted by Michele Boyd on August 3, 2011

    Fukushima prefecture residents are pressing the Japanese government for the fundamental right to relocate away from contaminated areas and to be compensated for their loss of homes and livelihoods. Read more »
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