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  • Big News for Our Friends at Sierra Club!
    Posted by Peter Wilk, MD on July 21, 2011

    PSR salutes Sierra Club's $50 million grant for expanding its Beyond Coal campaign and shutting down more dirty, polluting coal-fired power plants Read more »

  • Climate Change Brings More Deadly Heat Waves
    Posted by Sarah Lovinger, MD, Chicago PSR on July 20, 2011

    Chances are that if you are living in the United States right now, you are experiencing sweltering heat. Read more »

  • Self-Soothing Safeness
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell on July 19, 2011

    It feels good to tell ourselves that everything is going to be okay. It’s an urge that everyone can understand. So, when I read the Washington Post’s editorial, Learning lessons from Fukushima, a part of me can empathize. Read more »

  • Keeping Secrets at DOE
    Posted by Michele Boyd on July 15, 2011

    The Department of Energy Improvement Act of 2011 (S. 1160) has been quietly introduced in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee. The committee ostensibly held a hearing on the bill on July 12, but it was largely ignored in lieu of two other bills on solar and geothermal energy, respectively. Read more »

  • CEDA: An Inflated Title XVII
    Posted by Michele Boyd on July 15, 2011

    On July 14, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee once again passed legislation that sets up a Clean Energy Deployment Administration (CEDA) to provide loan guarantees as well as indirect subsidies to “clean” energy projects. Read more »

  • Evac Havoc
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell on July 1, 2011

    The latest story in the fab AP series on the state of nuclear reactors in the US introduces the hot topic of evacuation zones in the event of a nuclear accident in the United States. NRC regulations specify that there must be a plan in place to evacuate 10 miles around US reactors. Read more »

  • Los Alamos and Fort Calhoun: lessons in the precautionary principle
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell and Ashish Sinha on June 30, 2011

    Within the past week, we have witnessed two separate nuclear threats in the United States as a consequence of a forest fire and flooding. The Los Alamos National Laboratory is the birthplace of the nuclear bomb and continues to be a center for nuclear weapons’ development and a place for storage of radioactive waste. A forest fire that has already consumed 61,000 acres of forest is now at the edge of Los Alamos. The Fort Calhoun Nuclear Reactor is imperiled by flood waters from the Missouri River. Read more »
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  • Los Alamos and Fort Calhoun: lessons in the precautionary principle
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell and Ashish Sinha on June 30, 2011

    Within the past week, we have witnessed two separate nuclear threats in the United States as a consequence of a forest fire and flooding. The Los Alamos National Laboratory is the birthplace of the nuclear bomb and continues to be a center for nuclear weapons’ development and a place for storage of radioactive waste. A forest fire that has already consumed 61,000 acres of forest is now at the edge of Los Alamos. The Fort Calhoun Nuclear Reactor is imperiled by flood waters from the Missouri River. Read more »
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  • Oh, Appropriations Season...
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell on June 24, 2011

    It’s that time of year again when Congress attempts to move through the appropriations process. If you need a refresher, Schoolhouse Rock shows how the process is supposed to work... Here’s a look at where we’re at so far with nuclear subsidies. Read more »
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  • In-depth Investigative AP Reports on Aging Reactors and Tritium Leaks
    Posted by Michele Boyd on June 23, 2011

    A new AP series is investigating the aging reactors in the United States. These stories highlight the major safety issues in US reactors. Read more »
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  • PSR Leader's statement to Kansas City Council
    Posted by Ann Suellentrop, MSRN on June 22, 2011

    The production of nuclear weapons components is a dirty business. That's why Congress set up a program at the turn of the century (called the EEOICPA) that reimburses nuclear workers up to $400,000 and a medical card to pay for expenses related to their illness. There is a list of several hundred workers from the KC Plant who have died at relatively young ages from brain tumors, pancreatic cancer, leukemia and other catastrophic illnesses. Read more »
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  • “Bad Actor” Chemicals Honored at Second Annual Toxies Awards
    Posted by Molly Rauch, MPH on June 21, 2011

    Picture a Hollywood theater with limos, paparazzi, primping, and acceptance speeches. But instead of honoring Hollywood’s stars and starlets, the Toxies awards honored “bad actor” chemicals in a satiric red-carpet awards show hosted by PSR-LA. Read more »

  • Hello
    Posted by Michele Boyd on June 16, 2011

    Welcome to The Nuclear Reaction, the new blog by Physicians for Social Responsibility’s Safe Energy Program. The Safe Energy Program was established in 2008 to protect public health, taxpayers, and national security by preventing the construction of expensive, polluting, and dangerous new nuclear reactors. Read more »
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  • Production or Destruction?
    Posted by April Avant on June 14, 2011

    Ann Suellentrop, MSRN, PSR Kansas City leader and her colleagues, the KC Peace Planters, collected over 4,000 signatures to stop the building of a new nuclear weapons production facility city in Kansas City, Missouri. Read more »
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  • Militarism on a Sick Planet
    Posted by Maureen McCue, MD, PhD on June 13, 2011

    Iowa PSR recently sponsored a workshop on the interconnections between militarism, climate and environmental degradation from a health and human rights perspective. Read more »

  • Germany Kicks the Habit: No Nuclear Reactors by 2022
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell on June 1, 2011

    How do you know when you’ve had enough? With addiction, usually there are warning signs. The rewards no longer surpass the drawbacks, the risks, and the loss. A smoker notices a persistent cough. An alcoholic can’t remember the night before. Small, relentless wakeup calls. Read more »

  • PSR doctor questions Trident Renewal and calls to abolish all nuclear weapons worldwide
    Posted by David C. Hall, MD, PSR Past President on May 16, 2011

    The Pentagon and US Navy are planning to rebuild the Trident submarine nuclear weapons fleet over the next fifteen years at a cost likely to exceed $1 trillion over the life of the program. Read more »
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  • Air Pollution and Our Health
    Posted by April Avant on May 3, 2011

    Nearly half of Americans live an area which is heavily polluted, the American Lung Association stated in their annual State of the Air Report released last week. What does this mean? The roughly 157 million people living in these areas are placed at a high risk for asthma, respiratory disease and premature death. Most cities have shown improvement from last year’s report, but how much of an improvement is it if nearly half of us are living in air that is harming our health? Read more »

  • A Collaborative Effort to Protect Public Health: The Work of the National Conversation on Chemical Exposures
    Posted by Shoko Kubotera on April 26, 2011

    The National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures was initiated by the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in June 2009 to make a plan to better protect the public from harmful chemicals. Read more »
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  • Nuclear or Coal: A False Choice for Public Health
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell on April 11, 2011

    In the wake of the Japanese nuclear crisis, Americans are considering things that they haven’t thought of in a while. One is the relationship between nuclear power and health. As workers dump millions of gallons of irradiated water into the ocean, radiation levels reach Chernobyl-like levels in villages around Fukushima, and iodine-131 is found in US milk, it is reasonable to question how “clean” nuclear is. Read more »

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