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  • March 20, 2014

    PSR Opposes Nuclear Weapons Largesse in the Obama Budget

    The Congressional Budget Office predicted last December that maintaining and "modernizing" US submarines, land-based missiles, bombers and nuclear warheads would cost $355 billion over the next decade. On March 4, the Obama Administration released its 2015 budget, which starts us up this "modernization mountain." PSR is working to save billions by cutting unneeded nuclear weapons spending from the budget.

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  • March 14, 2014

    The Fukushima disaster 3 years on

    PSR remains gravely concerned about the ongoing disaster at Fukushima. 400 tons of water daily flows into the damaged reactor and turbine buildings where it becomes radioactively contaminated. Some is collected in makeshift tanks, many of which have leaked repeatedly. The rest is dumped directly into the sea. About 150,000 people still can't return to their homes and farms. Assessment of their exposure to radiation is still woefully inadequate.

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    international colleague
    at IPPNW »

  • March 13, 2014

    PSR-Chesapeake: No "medical gag rule" on fracking

    PSR's Chesapeake chapter has helped launch legislation that would allow Maryland health professionals to learn what specific chemicals patients may have been exposed to from hydraulic fracturing operations. In many states, industry keeps that information secret even from doctors who are treating patients, using so-called "medical gag rules." Many of the chemicals used in fracking are toxic.

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  • March 6, 2014

    An Urgent "No" on Keystone XL pipeline

    Extracting, processing, shipping and burning the Canadian tar sands oil would release huge amounts of carbon dioxide. It could mean "game over for the climate," according to climate scientist James Hansen. If that is so, then President Obama's decision on the Keystone XL pipeline could determine our future. Tell him that we can't risk unleashing all that carbon pollution.

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  • February 27, 2014

    Male Infertility Linked to Environmental Toxics

    With men's sperm counts falling, male infertility is being recognized as a serious contributor to infertility problems. Scientific evidence suggests that one cause of male infertility is exposure to environmental toxins such as BPA, commonly found in plastic water bottles, linings of canned food and beverage containers, and the thermal receipt paper we handle in supermarkets and ATMs. Learn more at PSR's Environmental Health Policy Institute.

  • February 18, 2014

    Student PSR Meet-Up: May 9-10

    Students, join fellow SPSR members to build lasting relationships, utilize advocacy skills for social change, learn from experts, effectively recruit new members, and learn how you could be part of the exciting opportunities in the upcoming year.

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  • February 11, 2014

    Three fourths of the nations of the world attend Mexico nuclear weapons conference

    Last month, representatives from 145 national governments and many NGOs, including PSR, gathered in Nayarit, Mexico for the second conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons. Board Member Ira Helfand, MD, was a lead speaker at the conference presenting on the threat of a limited nuclear war. Other weapons, such as chemical weapons, biological weapons, land mines and cluster munitions have been banned on humanitarian grounds. Will nuclear weapons be next?

    Read Dr. Helfand’s blog »

  • February 10, 2014

    PSR to EPA: Protect health, slash carbon emissions

    Climate change is one of the greatest threats to health in the 21st century, making it urgent that we slash carbon emissions. The EPA's proposed rule to limit carbon emissions from new coal-fired power plants gives us an opportunity to do just that. Barbara Gottlieb, PSR's Director of Environment and Health, testified before the EPA, calling on them to pass a strong rule.

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  • February 6, 2014

    Radiation and Human Health: Three Years After The Japan Disaster

    NEW webinar update on the Fukushima disaster, presented by PSR President Dr. Robert Gould and Dr. Makhijani of IEER. The biggest risk is to those who have been and continue to be exposed in Japan. There is much less threat to those in the US, but with inadequate testing we could be exposed through seafood. The real threat is potential accidents at U.S. reactors and further disaster at Fukushima from spent fuel pool #4.

    View the webinar here »

  • February 4, 2014

    PSR, Allies Require EPA to Finalize Coal Ash Rule

    More than five years after a disastrous coal ash spill, PSR and ten co-litigants completed a lawsuit requiring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to finalize regulations for the disposal of coal ash. The agreement requires EPA to issue first-ever federal rules by December 19, 2014 but does not specify how rigorous a standard EPA will set for this highly toxic industrial waste. 

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  • January 31, 2014

    Thank you, Senators Reed, Whitehouse and Markey!

    PSR thanks Senators Jack Reed (RI), Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) and Edward Markey (MA) for bringing our new nuclear famine report, Two Billion at Risk?, to the attention of administration officials and Committee chairs. After the Dec. 10 report release, the three Senators sent the report with a signed cover letter to President Obama, Secretary Kerry, Secretary Hagel, General Martin Dempsey, Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the US Ambassadors to India and Pakistan, as well as Senators Levin, Inhofe, Menendez, and Corker.

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  • January 24, 2014

    PSR Mourns an Exceptional Leader

    PSR mourns the death of former PSR President Dr. Jeff Patterson. His powerful spirit to call for protection of human health and to alleviate suffering was matched with gentle compassion and a desire to breach conflict. He served his patients and the international peace community well and we are grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from him. We will miss but always remember his deep, reasonable voice and wise counsel.

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  • January 17, 2014

    Feinstein blasts sanctions legislation

    On Jan. 14, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) urged her fellow senators to oppose new Iran sanctions legislation.
    "The fact is we have reached agreement and that action is just about to take place, and we are going to jaundice it, we are going to hurt it, and we are likely to collapse it by passing additional sanctions now...It defies logic, it threatens instant reverse, and it ends what has been unprecedented diplomacy. Do we want to take that on our shoulders? Candidly, in my view, it is a march toward war." Tell your senators to oppose new sanctions »

    Watch the video here »

  • January 16, 2014

    Chemical Spill Reveals How Little We Know

    On January 9, an industrial chemical used in coal processing contaminated the source of drinking water for Charleston, WV.  Some 300,000 residents were issued a "do not use" water advisory, while local officials struggled to determine the threat to health posed by the little-known chemical.  This accident highlights how little we know about the safety of chemicals that surround us -- and how our regulatory system fails to provide us with vital health and safety information.

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  • January 15, 2014

    Learn Advocacy Skills in PSR's Webinar Series

    It takes many skills to be an effective advocate. Student PSR is launching a 5-part skills building series of webinars and presentations to teach tools for activism! Please join us for the next webinar on fundraising on February 11th. View the presentations and support materials that were used in the AMSA leadership training and attend the webinars to be able to present this material to your own group!

    Learn more »

  • January 8, 2014

    Record-breaking cold may be linked to climate change

    That record-setting cold that brutalized two-thirds of the United States recently? It could actually be linked to climate change. Scientists are examining the theory that the increase in summer melting of Arctic sea ice exposes greater areas of sea water. That dark water absorbs the sun's heat, then releases it back to the air in winter, destabilizing the polar vortex, a wind pattern that circles the Arctic. Weakening of the polar vortex allows masses of frigid air to stream south, even reaching the Gulf of Mexico.

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  • January 8, 2014

    New Bill Threatens Crucial Iran Nuclear Deal

    In November, negotiators for the "P5+1" nations and Iran reached a historic agreement that temporarily halted Iran's nuclear program and put into motion negotiations for a permanent accord within six months. But now a bipartisan group of Senators threaten to derail diplomacy with legislation calling for new sanctions on Iran. PSR opposes the Menendez/Kirk bill (S 1881) and urges Congress to give diplomacy a chance to work.

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  • December 31, 2013

    PSR Thanks You

    Please enjoy our “THANK YOU” video for all our members and activists who make us who we are! PSR is able to do so much because our members take action, whether calling on the President to cut nuclear weapons or doing legislative work to protect the unborn from flame retardants.

    Watch the video here »

  • December 17, 2013

    Victory! Furniture made safer by California’s new standard

    Exposure to hazardous flame retardants, found in upholstered furniture, should now be reduced as a result of California’s new flammability standard, which multiple states are expected to follow. Flame retardants have been linked to health concerns such as reproductive and developmental toxicity, hormonal disruption, lowered IQ and cancer. Our latest Environmental Health Policy Institute looks at this victory and how flame retardants -- ubiquitous in our home, work and school environments -- affect our health and the health our children.

  • December 17, 2013

    Steps to remove hazardous chemical from soap

    PSR applauds the U.S Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision to require companies to prove antibacterial chemicals are more effective than soap and water.  In January, 2010, PSR joined with over 80 citizens, health, and environmental groups in submitting a petition to the EPA on the potential human health effects of widespread use of triclosan, and the failure of the EPA to adequately take into consideration such health concerns. 

    Read more about hazards of Triclosan »


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