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  • December 22, 2010


    The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) passed on Dec. 22 with an overwhelming vote of 71-26. On January 25th, the Russian Federation ratified New START in the DUMA, moving it to a final vote in the Federation Council of Russia. This outcome was made possible by the hard work of PSR members and our many colleague organizations working together to encourage our allies and convince skeptics about the treaty's importance. As we celebrate this accomplishment, we are also reaffirming our fundamental commitment to ridding the world of all nuclear weapons. Through our 1 More 4 Zero campaign, we will continue to build support for this essential and inspiring vision, while taking important short-term steps on the road to zero. Thank you for all your work to bring about this victory. Onward to a more peaceful, just, and healthy world!

  • December 21, 2010

    Senate Votes 67-28 to Move Forward with START

    PSR applauds the Senate's decision to move the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty to a final vote as early as Dec. 22. After months of debate and hundreds of hours of testimony, the Senate appeared ready to ratify the treaty which will reduce U.S. and Russian arsenals.

  • December 16, 2010

    PSR Experts Discuss Technology Innovations and Toxic Exposures

    We know that toxic chemicals in consumer products have the potential to cause negative human health effects. What if we tried to address toxic chemicals at the most primary level of prevention – by preventing them from being invented? Scientists are beginning to explore the ways in which technology and research can shepherd in a decidedly new chemical era, one that does not compromise human health. This month, read how expert contributors to the Environmental Health Policy Institute Evan Beach, Mark Dorfman, Steven G. Gilbert, Lin Kaatz Chary, Mark Rossi, and Jennifer Sass answer the question: “How can innovations in technology and research reduce exposures to toxic chemicals?”

  • December 15, 2010

    US Senate votes to bring New START to the floor

    The US Senate voted to allow consideration of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).  The strong bipartisan vote provides New START supporters with a sense that the Senate will eventually provide advise and consent for ratification of this vital treaty.  Much work left to be done over these next few crucial days.  It remains a good time to contact your Senators to let them know you support ratification of New START.  Make a call to your Senators now.

  • December 14, 2010

    Media Reports Maine Senators Back Treaty

    It was reported in the Portland Press Herald that Maine’s two Republican Senators, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, had announced that they would vote for the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.  The senators joined a large bipartisan group backing the treaty.  Roger Fenn of PSR/Maine was quoted as saying  "Their endorsement is proof that Sens. Collins and Snowe have heard Maine people who have urged for support for ratification."

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  • November 23, 2010

    Join, renew or give!

    Support PSR in asserting a strong medical and public health voice for the prevention of nuclear war and proliferation and to slow, stop and reverse toxic degradation of the environment and global warming.  Your tax-deductable contribution will ensure that we have the resources necessary to work towards a healthy, just and peaceful world for present and future generations. Thank you!

  • November 18, 2010

    PSR Testifies for Health-protective Coal Ash Disposal

    Seizing an opportunity to shape a policy with nationwide implications for health, PSR mobilized its network to urge the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to adopt strong, health-protective regulations for the disposal of coal ash.

    PSR individual members, board members, chapter leaders and national staff joined forces to support rigorous federal regulation of this toxic waste.  Individual members submitted comments via email, and high-level PSR representatives gave testimony in person at six of the EPA’s eight coal ash hearings across the country. Read more »

  • November 4, 2010

    Environmental Health: Urgent Threats on the Horizon

    What emerging environmental hazard should be next on the policy agenda? PSR's Environmental Health Policy Institute, an online forum of medical and public health experts, has posted expert responses to this question. Learn more about flame retardants, endocrine disruptors, cell phone radiation, nanoparticles, and the pollution caused by the U.S. military in essays by Arlene Blum, Theo Colborn, Devra Davis, Steven G. Gilbert, and H. Patricia Hynes. And join the conversation to tell us what you think is the next urgent environmental health threat. Don’t forget to check the Institute each month for new topics, new experts, and new responses.

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  • November 3, 2010

    Flaws in Small Modular Reactors

    PSR and the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research have teamed up on a new factsheet to address the growing myth that small modular reactors (SMR) are the new fix for nuclear industry.  The factsheet finds that SMRs are not only unlikely to be the solution, but may actually exacerbate the cost, safety, and waste problems that are found in conventional reactor technologies.

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  • October 28, 2010

    Exercise Your Power as a Citizen: Vote!

    PSR members know that elections are an important part of our democratic process.  We also know that our commitment to “prevent what we cannot cure” goes well beyond the ballot box.  We act to affirm our vision of a peaceful healthy future throughout the year in many different ways.  Still, we recognize that this election will have a profound impact on our ability to advance our vital agenda -- all of PSR’s core issues hang in the balance.

  • October 18, 2010

    Physicians for Social Responsibility, 1961 - Today

    In 1961 a group of physicians -- with their knowledge of medicine and concern for humanity -- resolved to tell the whole story about the grave threat to humanity posed by nuclear weapons proliferation. PSR physicians and concerned citizens have remained inspired for nearly 50 years by an unwavering dedication to the public's health. Your contribution will ensure that the physicians of tomorrow have the resources, tools and inspiration to continue our campaign for a safe and healthy future.

  • October 7, 2010

    A Moment of Decision is Upon Us!

    Ira Helfand, M.D., at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute of Peace, in September for a public discussion about the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, joined by Col. Richard Klass, U.S. Air Force (ret.) of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, and Assistant Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller, the principal negotiator on New START.

    In a rare bipartisan vote, New START was recommended by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (14-4). Now some are trying to delay a vote by the full Senate on this vital treaty. Congress will decide soon if New START will get time on the agenda for the lame duck session. With your help, we have been keeping up a steady drumbeat for ratification. Now we must make a big push to get the floor time needed.  Please call your Senators TODAY urging them to bring this important treaty up for a vote before year end.

  • October 7, 2010

    PSR Leader Meets with Chief New START Negotiator

    Ira Helfand, M.D., at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute of Peace, in September for a public discussion about the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, joined by Col. Richard Klass, U.S. Air Force (ret.) of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, and Assistant Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller, the principal negotiator on New START.

    Thanks in large part to the good work of PSR members and our colleagues in the disarmament community, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted in September to support ratification of New START. The bipartisan vote in committee is a positive sign and PSR members are keeping up a steady drum beat for swift ratification of this treaty as an urgent step to enhance our national security.

  • October 7, 2010

    Is there a Nuclear Revival in the United States?

    Michele Boyd, director of PSR’s Safe Energy program, at the release of her new report.

    A new report by PSR’s Michele Boyd refutes the nuclear industry’s claims that the U.S. is on the brink of a nuclear renaissance. Far from a revival, the industry continues to be plagued by cost escalation, faulty reactor designs, and unresolved waste issues. Dangerous and still unable to compete in the marketplace—even with massive tax-payer funded subsidies—the industry is cancelling, suspending or delaying proposed reactor projects. The report was supported by the Heinrich Boll Foundation and released at a panel event at Center for Strategic International Studies. Download a free copy of the report.

  • September 28, 2010

    Give Today

    From our campaigns to reduce and eliminate the threat of nuclear weapons to our programs for stronger policies protecting human health from environmental threats, PSR is having an impact on the issues you care about most. There is much more to be done to continue the progress even as we prepare for the challenges that lie ahead. Your support is critical at this moment. Please make a tax-deductable contribution to PSR today. It will ensure that we have the resources necessary to deliver the strongest effort possible in the months ahead. Thank you!

  • Coal Ash
    September 21, 2010

    Help contain coal ash threats

    Coal ash is a toxic threat to public health across the nation.  Let's seize this opportunity to work with the EPA to secure robust national regulations for safe coal ash disposal.

  • September 16, 2010

    PSR and Earth Justice co-release new Coal Ash report

    Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) and Earthjustice announce the release of a groundbreaking report "Coal Ash: The Toxic Threat to our Health and Environment." It places a magnifying glass over the damaging impacts toxic pollutants in coal ash can have on human health and the environment. The report comes as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency conducts public hearings in eight cities across the country on its proposal to regulate coal ash. The proposal is open for public comments until Nov. 19.

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  • September 15, 2010

    Shocking News -- bipartisanship breaks out in Washington, DC!

    PSR Board President Dr. Jeff Patterson (r) with Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of Two Futures Project, in Nashville to meet with Tennesseans about the ratification of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.

    Thanks in large part to the good work of PSR members and our colleagues in the disarmament community, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to support ratification of New START. The growing bipartisan consensus has taken hold in this key committee. Following speaker tours in Tennessee and Georgia by PSR President Dr. Jeff Patterson and PSR Board Member Dr. Ira Helfand, Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) supported New START! We must keep up the steady drum beat for swift ratification of New START as a modest and urgent step to enhance our national security

  • September 14, 2010

    Last-ditch effort for more nuclear subsidies

    Tell your Senators and Representatives to oppose these last ditch efforts to authorize more nuclear loan guarantees. Help us prevent wasteful spending on dangerous reactors that endanger the public’s health and strain our already overburdened economy

  • September 3, 2010

    PSR calls on EPA for Tougher Regulation of Toxic Coal Ash

    PSR testified recently before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the health risks associated with coal ash, at the first of seven EPA hearings on disposal of this dangerous coal combustion waste product.

    Barbara Gottlieb, deputy director of environment and health, and Alan Lockwood, MD FAAN, a member of the PSR board, outlined the dangers to health from toxicants that leach, leak and spill from coal ash disposal sites around the country.

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