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  • May 11, 2012

    PSR Briefs Senate on Dangers from Coal Ash

    PSR doctors flew to Washington from 6 states to present the Obama Administration with a petition signed by 850 health professionals about the toxic dangers posed by unregulated coal ash disposal. They delivered the petition to the EPA and the President's Council on Environmental Quality and called for a health-protective coal ash rule. The doctors also held a Senate briefing and met with key senators, urging them to defeat an amendment to the Transportation bill that would essentially ban the EPA from regulating toxic coal ash.

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  • May 9, 2012

    Webinar on Nuclear Famine report Thurs., May 10 at 8:30 PM Eastern

    PSR and IPPNW released a new report on Tuesday, April 24th on the global health consequences of even a limited nuclear war between India and Pakistan. Now is your chance to hear directly from Dr. Ira Helfand, the report’s author, about the findings and their implications for nuclear policy.  Thursday, May 10th at 8:30 PM Eastern.

    RSVP here »


  • May 4, 2012

    Oregon PSR's 2012 Awards Dinner: Celebrating Success and Looking Forward

    Oregon PSR recently held its annual dinner, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Helen Caldicott and honoring the winners of the 2012 Greenfield Peace Writing Contest.

    Read more and watch the keynote speech »


  • May 4, 2012

    Livestream of Press Conference on Fukushima Daiichi Disaster Today at 10 am EDT

    Japanese nuclear scientist and Japanese and U.S. medical doctors discuss current radiological health conditions and concerns in Japan after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor catastrophe. PSR President Dr. Andy Kanter will speak about the need for accurate and timely information regarding exposure to radioactivity in order to protect and promote public health. Watch the livestream here at 10 am EDT.

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  • May 2, 2012

    Congressional Briefing by PSR Covers Nuclear Famine Report

    Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) recently sponsored a Congressional briefing to present the findings of a new PSR/IPPNW report, Nuclear Famine: One Billion People at Risk, that demonstrates the devastating consequences of a limited nuclear exchange on climate and agriculture. The report's author, Dr. Ira Helfand, delivered the message that without decisive action towards nuclear abolition, more countries will develop nuclear weapons programs and the threat of a regional nuclear conflict will continue to increase.

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  • April 26, 2012

    PSR briefs Senate on dangers from coal ash; petition signed by 850 health professionals

    PSR doctors flew in to Washington from six states recently to present the Obama Administration with a petition signed by 850 health professionals voicing concern about the toxic dangers posed by unregulated coal ash disposal. The PSR doctors delivered the petition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the President's Council on Environmental Quality and called for prompt release of a health-protective coal ash rule. The doctors also held a briefing for the Senate and met individually with key senators, urging them to defeat an amendment to the Transportation bill that would essentially ban the EPA from regulating toxic coal ash, now and in the future.

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  • April 23, 2012

    A billion people at risk

    PSR and IPPNW just released a report that demonstrates that a regional nuclear war could put 1 billion people at risk of famine. Without strong movement towards nuclear abolition, more countries will develop their own domestic nuclear weapons programs and the threat of a regional nuclear conflict will only continue to increase. Over the past few weeks, North Korea and India tested long-range missiles in moves that will escalate tensions and bring regional nuclear weapons states into a dangerous nuclear arms race.

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  • April 11, 2012

    If you had a trillion dollars, what would YOU spend it on?

    Does this chart of proposed federal spending represent your priorities?

    If not, raise your voice with us today!

    Sadly, this chart does represent our current reality. Almost 57% of discretionary federal spending could go to the military this year. But it can change. After all, it's our money!

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  • April 9, 2012

    Environmental Toxins and Brain Development

    Toxic substances in the environment can affect the development of the brain – and with it, our intelligence and our behavior. The fetus, infant and child are most vulnerable, but brain development continues for two decades, so exposure can be harmful at many points in life. What environmental contaminants are damaging our neurodevelopment?  How widespread is the exposure? What is our society losing in terms of intelligence as a result? And what can we do about it? For insights, read this month's Environmental Health Policy Institute.



  • April 4, 2012

    Best opportunity in years to reduce military spending!

    The battle over our federal budget priorities has begun.  We urge you to remember that it is your money and to make your voice heard this tax season.

    The current discussion in Congress offers us the best opportunity in years to make meaningful reductions in the bloated military budget. We can't afford to squander this moment, but some are trying to do just that.

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  • March 29, 2012

    EPA Acts to Reduce Industrial Carbon Pollution from New Power Plants -- A Critical First!

    PSR is pleased with the new standards announced by the Environmental Protection Agency on March 27 to limit industrial carbon pollution from new power plants. Limiting carbon pollution is an important step in mitigating climate change and reducing the associated health effects that already impact the lives of millions of Americans. Add your name to express your support of this valuable step to improve air quality and reduce climate change.

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  • March 28, 2012

    Editorial opposes new nuclear reactor in Florida

    PSR applauds the recent Tampa Bay Times editorial calling on Progressive Energy to halt plans for a new nuclear reactor in west-central Florida. Dr. Lynn Ringenberg, president of PSR/Tampa, testified before a Nuclear Regulatory Commission panel in January citing the public health risk associated with nuclear reactors and the possibility of a Fukushima-like disaster in the U.S., and urged the commission to reject the license for the Levy plant. Echoing concerns about cost overruns, the Times said it is unfair for Progressive Energy to continue charging its customers for a plant that is unlikely to ever be built.



  • March 28, 2012

    PSR intervenes in lawsuit against EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Rule

    PSR has intervened in a lawsuit to defend the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s newly proposed rule to regulate mercury and air toxics from coal-fired power plants.  EPA is being sued by big polluters and their allies before the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Columbia to strike down the Mercury and Toxics (MATS) rule.

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  • March 23, 2012

    Big Win in Kansas City. Nukes on the Ballot!

    Our PSR chapter, their local coalition partners, and supporters around the world are celebrating a tremendous win. After months of delay and obstruction the Kansas City City Council voted to put our citizen's initiative on the ballot. In April 2013, voters will have a chance to raise their voices for peace and sanity. Our Kansas City chapter played a key role in this long and ground breaking battle. Power to the People!  

    Read more to find out why this is important.


  • March 8, 2012

    You can help stop wasteful military spending

    On Monday, March 12th at 8:30PM ET, PSR will partner with the National Priorities Project to host an online webinar to discuss what is at stake with the federal budget this year. If we are going to be able to take back the budget from the grasp of the military-industrial complex, we need educated advocates to speak for us throughout this country. Sign-up today to register for this opportunity to fight back against hundreds of billions of dollars that are currently allocated for the weapons of war.

    Limited space available. Please register early.

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  • March 7, 2012

    Radiation and Health News in 2012: PSR Warns Country is Still Dangerously Unprepared

    One year after the Fukushima reactor crisis in Japan, no meaningful progress has been achieved in improving the ability of first responders and medical professionals to react to a disaster on a similar scale in the United States, according to a major new report from PSR. The report, titled "Nuclear Power and Public Health: Lessons from Fukushima, Still Dangerously Unprepared," discusses the inadequacies of our current infrastructure to cope with a similar scale nuclear accident.

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  • March 6, 2012

    Teleconference with Rep. Markey: Cutting the Nuclear Weapons Budget

    We invite you to a special phone call with Rep. Ed Markey, an outspoken critic of nuclear weapons.  He will be joining our call to talk to us about The SANE Act, his new bill which would make $100 billion in cuts to over a dozen nuclear weapons programs and already has 41 cosponsors.

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  • March 2, 2012

    March Institute Examines Irrevocable Damage from Coal Ash

    This month's Environmental Health Policy Institute explores the threats to human health posed by coal ash disposal. It details the toxic contaminants in coal ash, the exposure pathways, and the means by which exposure could be prevented. It also includes three portraits of homes, lands, and lives irrevocably damaged by coal ash, told by the people who live it. These terribly poignant accounts bring home like nothing else the dangers, the magnitude, and the tragedy of unsafe coal ash disposal.



  • February 23, 2012

    PSR petitions White House for safe coal ash disposal

    Help PSR petition the White House for release of health-protective standards for coal ash disposal.  Coal ash, the waste left after coal is burned in power plants, contains toxic metals including arsenic, mercury, lead, cadmium, and chromium.  Coal ash has contaminated streams, lakes and rivers, underwater aquifers and drinking-water wells in 34 states. We are gathering signatures on a letter demanding enforceable, nationwide standards for disposal of this huge toxic waste stream.  Please read and sign the letter now.

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  • February 17, 2012

    PSR Testifies for Wind Power in Maryland

    Catherine Thomasson MD, PSR's new executive director, testified in favor of state legislation supporting an off-shore wind farm off the coast of Maryland. Dr. Thomasson's testimony stressed the health costs that would be averted by shifting from coal to clean offshore wind, including a large number of unnecessary premature deaths every year.

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