Oil transport by rail and sea poses grave health risk in the form of tanker explosions, spills, water and air pollution, and contribution to climate change induced disaster and disease. The Climate Change Task Force of WPSR has developed a position statement, in partnership with our colleagues in Oregon, opposing the transport by rail and the storage and shipment of crude oil within our states. The position statement, which carefully outlines the major risks backed up by credible evidence from the medical literature, will be submitted to the Governors of Washington and Oregon. In order to maximize its impact, we need as many WA and OR health care professionals as possible to sign on to this statement.
Read the position statement and add your name here.
WPSR delegates to Gaza will share stories, photos, and answer questions. In addition to hearing about their work in 2014, you will have the chance to learn about their priorities for promoting peace through service in 2015. Presenters include Charles Cowan, MD; Gerri Haynes, palliative care specialist; Robert Haynes, MD; Grant O’Keefe, MD.
The event is free, but donations will be accepted for WPSR and our work in Gaza. Our 9th delegation will return to Gaza in March 2015.Click here for more details
A new report written by nuclear energy expert Robert Alvarez, and commissioned by Washington and Oregon PSR, reveals new risks associated with the CGS reactor at Hanford. The report, entitled “The Hazards of High-Level Radioactive Waste in the Pacific Northwest: A Review of Spent Nuclear Fuel Management at the Columbia Generating Station,” highlights serious concerns about a possible earthquake disaster; harmful doses of contamination to workers; and the location of the plant workers' parking lot next to a newly discovered site of radioactive waste buried at Hanford. Alvarez is a former policy advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy during the Clinton Administration and senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC.Read the full report here.
WPSR, Hanford Challenge, and United Association Local 598 announced a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Hanford contractor Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS). The goal is to ensure that workers at the Hanford nuclear site are protected from exposures to toxic vapors from Hanford’s high-level nuclear waste tanks. Over 56 workers have been sent for medical evaluation since March 2014. After 30 reports about the vapor issue in the last 25 years, it is time to take real action. Washington’s Attorney General filed a similar notice of intent to sue this week, as well.To read the full press release, please click here.
The Social Justice Ministry at Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church will host a presentation Friday, March 13 at 7 PM: Everyday Palestinian Life. Speakers, Gerri Haynes and Elliott Adams, will share their observations of the life of Palestinians as witnessed in Gaza and the West Bank
A coalition of citizen groups have come together to plan a State of the Site meeting to take place in Vancouver.
Opening reception for the Particles on the Wall exhibit on the impacts of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
A coalition of citizen groups have come together to plan a State of the Site meeting to take place in Walla Walla.
A letter to the editor on the public safety risks of a proposed oil terminal in Vancouver, WA, by WPSR Executive Director Laura Skelton and member Dr. Michael Soman.Source: New York Times
A report on used nuclear fuel management at the nuclear power plant near Richland will be released Wednesday in Seattle by Heart of America Northwest and Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility.Source: Tri-City Herald
WPSR will be presenting information about human health impacts of oil transport and storage in WA State at several upcoming events, including public hearings in Spokane and Olympia and a public panel discussion in Hoquiam.
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Urge your senators to co-sponsor the "Children and Firefighters Protection Act."
Coal ash is toxic. Tell President Obama that protection from coal ash contamination has to be robust, mandatory and nationwide.
Public comment from Laura Skelton, Executive Director of Washington PSR, on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan. Read more »
Slides by Dr. Ken Lans on climate change and carbon reduction. Read more »