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  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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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  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Nuclear Crisis in Japan: What Next?
    Posted by April Avant on March 30, 2011

    “Nuclear Meltdown” -The words displayed on almost every American newspaper front page, television screen and computer homepage alike in recent days. An earthquake and tsunami descended on Japan causing worry and strife across a nation. Read more »

  • German Election Results Reflect Depth of Public Distaste for Nuclear
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell on March 29, 2011

    The German public sent a strong message to policymakers in state elections on Sunday. Read more »

  • Old friends, new partners for peace, and much work to do back in the USA
    Posted by Andrew S. Kanter, MD, MPH, FACMI on August 27, 2010

    Some initial thoughts upon arriving at the first official day of the 19th IPPNW World Congress in Basel, Switzerland… Due to poor time planning, I arrived later than usual and I unfortunately was unable to participate in the International Council meeting and the Student Congress. It was nice to hear from Ira, Ashish and Peter, though! It is a rainy morning here in Basel, and it would normally be the wee hours of the morning back in New York, so I am functioning on the adrenalin of seeing so many old friends. It is truly wonderful to see everyone here. You realize that this is a big family all working for our planet. Read more »

  • Key Updates from the Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference at the UN
    Posted by Ira Helfand, MD on May 6, 2010

    Two issues with special relevance to PSR are emerging here at the NPT review in New York: Austria, Switzerland, China and the 80 odd nations of the Non Aligned Movement (NAM) have explicitly endorsed a Nuclear Weapons Convention (NWC), and recommended that a call to initiate negotiations for a NWC be included in the final document of the Review Conference. The call reflects a widely held view among participants that nuclear disarmament is as important as non proliferation and can not be put off indefinitely as it has in the past. Read more »
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  • Today is National Don't Nuke the Climate Call-In Day!
    Posted by Laicie Olson on October 15, 2009

    Please call your Senators’ offices and tell them to keep nuclear power out of the Senate climate bill. Recent events, such as John Kerry and Lindsay Graham’s op-ed in Sunday's New York Times calling for more nuclear power in the bill, add to the urgency of this call-in day. Help keep the Senate's phones ringing all day long by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. Read more »

  • President Signs Omnibus Spending Bill, Promotes Security and Nuclear Non-Proliferation
    Posted by Mae Stevens on March 12, 2009

    President Obama signed the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act, H.R. 1105, which continues the policy shift away from the build up of nuclear weapons and toward efforts to stabilize U.S. relations throughout the world. Read more »

  • Physicians Applauds a Cleaner, Healthier Stimulus Bill
    Posted by Mae Stevens on February 18, 2009

    Physicians for Social Responsibility applauds the stripping of unnecessary funding from the stimulus bill -- The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act -- while promoting cleaner energy choices that will help to reduce the pollutants impacting America’s health. In particular PSR opposed funding for dirty and dangerous energy sources like coal and nuclear power. Read more »

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