Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility is looking for a new Executive Director. It is a dynamic time for our organization as we focus our efforts on nuclear issues; climate change; environmental toxins; income inequality; and our Middle East initiative. If you are passionate about these issues and have the necessary experience, we invite you to submit your application.To submit and application, please follow this link.
Dr. Dave Hall has published an open letter to U.S. Representatives Rick Larsen and Adam Smith, both of whom serve on the House Armed Services Committee.
"We don’t need 12 new Trident warships each capable of creating nuclear winter. Support for this omni-cidal weapons system derails us from essential investments in our spiritual, physical, emotional, and economic health as a nation. Our credibility further erodes among those who rightly or wrongly mistrust our dedication to a peaceful planet."Read the full letter at Journal of the San Juan Islands
Ratepayers could save $1.7 billion over the next 17 years if the Columbia Generating Station (CGS) nuclear power plant in Washington State is closed according to a new report by McCullough Research of Portland, Oregon.
The CGS, the only plant completed of the five plants begun by the Washington Public Power Supply System (WPPSS), contains a General Electric boiling water reactor similar to those destroyed during Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
“We believe this report demonstrates clearly that aging nuclear reactors, in addition to having safety problems, are having trouble competing in the electric power market,” says Dr. Catherine Thomasson, PSR national executive director. The report was commissioned by the Washington and Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility local affiliate chapter.Read full report here
A local geologist examining existing knowledge of the seismic activity on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and the Mid-Columbia basin has concluded that the earthquake standards set for the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant are at least 300% lower than should be required.Read more
Disarmament. A decade after the end of the Cold War, the world carried the burden of over 30,000 nuclear weapons into the new millennium.More on Energy and Peace »
Founded in 1980, WPSR alerted the public that no meaningful medical response exists to nuclear war, and that "prevention is the only cure."More on Hanford Nuclear Reservation »
"According to “Coal’s Assault on Human Health,” a report by Physicians for Social Responsibility, coal pollutants have been linked to four of the five leading causes of death in our nation, including cancer, stroke, heart disease and chronic lower respiratory diseases. As leaders in our state debate the future of TransAlta, they must take the health impacts of coal seriously and insist that the plant transition off coal as soon as possible."
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A new analysis by Washington and Oregon PSR says earthquake risks were seriously underestimated when the state’s only commercial nuclear-power plant was built almost 30 years ago on the Hanford nuclear reservation.Source: Seattle Times
PSR is among groups asking for a “single, comprehensive” environmental impact statement on proposed coal terminals in Washington State.Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
PSR will be working with economist Robert McCullough to examine the business case for an early retirement of the Columbia Generating Station nuclear power plant.Source: Wall Street Journal
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Following the dropping of the bill this week in Olympia, the Coal Free Washington Campaign needs the voices of health professionals to secure advancement of this legislation.
Health professionals have a significant part to play in the effort to eliminate coal fired power plants and on December 8th we hope you will join us for an educational morning focused on educating health professionals about the dangerous effects of coal-fired plants.