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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 »
    1 comment(s)

  • 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 »
    4 comment(s)

  • 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 »

  • Peter Wilk, MD Large International Conference Confirms that PSR’s Voice of Urgency is Needed
    Posted by Peter Wilk, MD on March 30, 2011

    It has been a privilege on behalf of PSR to be participating for the past two days in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Annual Conference on Nuclear Policy. This gathering with over 700 top level participants from 40 countries has been grappling with some of the most pressing issues facing our world today. Read more »
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  • 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 »

  • Trident Nuclear Subs: A liability not an asset
    Posted by Eline van Schaik on March 24, 2011

    As the United Kingdom considers the renewal of their Trident submarines, it’s time for a debate about nuclear weapons in Europe. Read more »
    1 comment(s)

  • Giant Leaps Forward to Protect Communities from Toxic Power Plant Pollution
    Posted by Kristen Welker-Hood, ScD, MSN, RN and Tony Craddock, Jr., Environmental Health Intern on March 18, 2011

    The signing of the proposed Mercury & Air Toxic Standard is a long overdue victory for American public health. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson articulated that this is the initiation of an effort that will, “Save lives, prevent illnesses, and provide economic opportunities.” Read more »

  • Coal’s Unpaid Bills: $345 Billion Annually
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on March 2, 2011

    A recent report estimates that coal’s impacts – including its effects on health and the damage in inflicts on the environment -- cost the U.S. about $345 billion annually. According to the report, a full rendering of coal’s costs would double to triple the price of coal-generated electricity. Read more »

  • Food Essays Posted on Environmental Health Policy Institute
    Posted by Molly Rauch, MPH on February 28, 2011

    Last week we posted essays to the Environmental Health Policy Institute addressing the question: “How does our food production system drive our exposure to toxic chemicals?” Read more »

  • Wealth and Health
    Posted by Martin Donohue, MD FACP on February 28, 2011

    My name is Martin Donohoe and I practice internal medicine, teach courses in public health, medical humanities, and women’s rights, and work with a number of activist groups on issues relevant to universal health care, food safety, and environmental preservation. Read more »

  • A week at the United States Institute of Peace: New perspectives and old dilemmas
    Posted by Eline van Schaik on February 22, 2011

    Thanks to the commitment of PSR’s Security Program to the professional development of its staff, I was able to attend a week-long course at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). Read more »

  • Citizen's movement pushes Reagan towards nuclear disarmament
    Posted by Tad Daley on February 17, 2011

    As Ronald Reagan is lionized this month to commemorate the centennial of his birth, it ought to be recalled that Reagan's presidency brought America and the world to the brink of infinite peril. President Reagan's nuclear buildup and nuclear saber-rattling so increased the temperatures inside the pressure cooker of the Cold War that it seemed likely to blow its lid at any moment - splattering everyone standing in the kitchen of Planet Earth. Read more »

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