July 20, 2011
PSR doctors raise warnings over "Toxic 20" States with Most Toxic Air Pollution from Power Plants
PSR doctors in six "dirty" states participated in the media release of a study that identifies the states with the most toxic air pollution from oil- and coal-fired power plants. Air toxics include severely dangerous neurotoxins, carcinogens, and precursors to fine particulate pollution.
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July 18, 2011
Peace Is Still Possible, Washington PSR Annual Dinner
WPSR supporters gathered this month to honor long-time PSR board member Dr. Dave Hall, a leader for peace and nuclear disarmament who is retiring from the chapter’s board after many years of service. The special evening included inspirational words from Dr. Howard Frumkin, dean of University of Washington school of public health. The tribute recognized Dave's exceptional contributions to the elimination of nuclear weapons and his commitment to the chapter. Learn more about the chapter's work »
July 7, 2011
WPSR Hosting Annual Dinner
Washington chapter of PSR hosts their Annual Dinner July 14, 2011
at the University of Washington’s Center for Urban Horticulture. Join
WPSR and Keynote Speaker Dr. Howie Frumkin, Dean of University of Washington
School of Public Health as they honor Dr. David Hall; celebrating their
successes and contributing to their future.
June 24, 2011
PSR Curriculum Would Protect Migrant Farmworkers’ Children
The children of migrant farmworkers are at risk for toxic chemical exposures and other environmental hazards. PSR has released a new train-the-trainer curriculum and education packet on preventing harm to this vulnerable population. Targeting staff and community health workers of the Head Start Seasonal and Migrant Farmworker program, the curriculum augments PSR’s Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit. It includes hands-on activities for parents, brief anecdotes about chemical exposures, information on chemical policy, and principles of participatory education.
June 22, 2011
PSR’s Safe Energy Presents at Netroots Nation
Michele Boyd represented PSR at Netroots Nation in Minneapolis on Friday, June 17. She presented along with others in a panel discussion called Dirty Energy: The Fight against Coal, Oil, Natural Gas and Nuclear Power, where she talked about the dismal economics of new nuclear reactors, why nuclear is not a solution to climate change, and the repercussions of the ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis on nuclear power in the United States.
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June 21, 2011
And the People’s Choice Award Goes to... Halogenated Flame Retardants!
PSR-LA hosted a red-carpet awards ceremony June 16th – the second annual Toxies awards – to highlight the dangers of “bad actor” chemicals trespassing on our bodies, our environment, and our consumer products. The satiric event brought focused attention – and plenty of laughter – to the issue of how chemicals with known and suspected health effects remain in wide commercial use.
June 17, 2011
Austin PSR Announces New Director Diane Papillion, MPH, RD
Diane Papillion MPH, RD grew up in Texas City, TX right next door to a petroleum refinery and thus began her concerns with environmental health. As a parent of two young children, she is passionate about children’s health. She has a long history of work with non-profits and community organization. From 2002-2010, she was the nutrition services director of Meals on Wheels and More in Austin, TX and created their successful Meals for Kids and Meals on Two Wheels (bike delivery) programs. She is working to engage the community to become more environmentally and civically involved.
June 16, 2011
Experts Address the Role of Environmental Chemicals in Cancer
Cancer exacts a terrible toll on Americans – more than 1,500 people die of the disease every day. In the search for the causes of cancer, scientists are increasingly aware of the role of chemicals in the environment. The National Toxicology Program recently listed formaldehyde and styrene as known and likely human carcinogens, respectively. These two widely-used chemicals join the ranks of hundreds of cancer-causing agents in the environment. This month, the Environmental Health Policy Institute highlights seven essays by public health experts on the relationship between toxic chemicals in the environment and cancer.
June 14, 2011
Is this the road to zero?
Our Kansas City PSR Chapter and their tireless leader Ann Suellentrop, MSRN are challenging the local nuclear weapons component plant. PSR knows these facilities bring fewer jobs than would a similar investment in green jobs, but they do bring substantial health concerns to the impacted communities. We need to raise our voices to challenge this dangerous and expensive project. We ask, "is this the road to zero we've heard so much about?" Read a powerful statement from Ann on the consequences of nuclear weapons production on Kansas City.
June 3, 2011
PSR Testifies for Reducing Hazardous Air Pollutants
At recent hearings held by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), PSR health professionals spoke out in favor of strong, effective limits on toxic air emissions from power plants. Read more »
Read the June 10 Des Moines Register op-ed by Dr. McCue on the risks of nuclear power and the need for Iowa to invest its "limited resources in safe, proven, growing options like energy efficiency and renewable energy."
May 24, 2011
PSR health professionals speak out on the right to breathe clean air
PSR health professionals, representing PSR chapters from coast to coast, traveled to Washington, D.C. recently to convey to policymakers a simple, powerful message: All Americans have a right to breathe clean, healthy air.
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May 13, 2011
Protecting Public Health Through Clean Air Regulations
Earlier this month, a PSR delegation of health care professionals from ten states completed two days of congressional and executive branch meetings discussing the health imperatives around this issue. Working with colleague organizations and using PSR’s new report The Clean Air Act: A Proven Tool for Health Air, we cited the well-documented health benefits of keeping the Clean Air Act strong.
May 3, 2011
PSR Highlights the Health Benefits of the Clean Air Act and Points to Further Opportunities for Saving Lives
Physicians for Social Responsibility releases its report, The Clean Air Act: A Proven Tool for Healthy Air, a review of the health protections achieved through air pollution prevention that also identifies how pollution continues to threaten the health of many Americans.
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April 26, 2011
Are You Within a Nuclear Reactor Accident Evacuation Zone?
You might be. One-third of Americans live within 50 miles of a nuclear reactor. Check out our new mapping tool to see if you fall within an evacuation zone and are at risk.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) mandates that nuclear operators have plans for a 10-mile radius in the event of an accident. However, in the ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis, the NRC recommended a 50-mile evacuation zone for Americans.
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April 26, 2011
Physicians Cite Flawed Evacuation Zones, Nuclear’s Health Risks on Chernobyl Anniversary
PSR physician experts gathered at the National Press Club on April 26 -- the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident -- to draw comparisons between Chernobyl and the ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis, and to issue a warning about the inadequacies of emergency preparedness, in the event of such an accident in the United States.
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April 21, 2011
Taking it to the States!
PSR was on the road again with a speakers tour in Maine and New Hampshire. Dr. Ira Helfand, Dr. Robert Dodge, and Col. Richard Klass (retired) paired up to present Nuclear Security Issues: Medical and Military Perspectives, our vision for a world free from the horrors of nuclear weapons. Don’t miss the great op-ed by Dodge and Klass, who write, “New Hampshire Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Shaheen have an opportunity to help lead a bipartisan majority to stop the worldwide testing of nuclear weapons and help reduce the risk posed from these weapons of mass destruction.”
Dr. Ira Helfand and Col. Richard Klass write in an op-ed in The Times Record, "Maine’s Sens. Collins and Snowe have the singular opportunity to lead a bipartisan majority to stop the worldwide testing of nuclear weapons."
April 14, 2011
Every Breath You Take
This month, PSR’s Environmental Health Policy Institute posts essays on air pollution and health. At a time when Congress is pushing to limit the ability of the EPA to control air pollution, these essays provide important information on the true cost of dirty air. Read what top air health and science experts think is the most important achievement we've gained through air pollution management, as well as what they think remains to be done to safeguard public health from air pollution.
April 14, 2011
Lown-Alexander-Sidel Award Bestowed on Tova Fuller
At this year’s student conference “Rx for Survival,” Dr. Tova Fuller was awarded the first Lown-Alexander-Sidel Award for excellence in medical advocacy. Dr. Fuller was recognized for her ability to inspire other medical students and her contributions to advancing PSR’s mission. She served as national representative for Student Physicians for Social Responsibility from 2006 to 2009 and was instrumental in expanding the student program in both membership and new chapters. Read more »
March 30, 2011
Plutonium Carries Serious Risks to Public Health and the Environment
The release of plutonium from at least one of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear reactors carries serious risks to public health and the environment, according to PSR. Inhalation of a plutonium particle the size of a speck of dust can lead to lung cancer and death. The particle’s extensive half-life also means it will impact the environment for thousands of years if released into the soil, air or sea.
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March 30, 2011
Large International Conference Confirms that PSR’s Voice of Urgency is Needed
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.
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