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  • 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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  • September 2, 2010

    Experts address scientific uncertainty

    PSR’s Environmental Health Policy Institute, an online forum of medical and public health experts, has posted expert responses to a new topic: How can we set science-based policies in the face of scientific uncertainty? This month read essays by Martha Dina Arguello, Lin Kaatz Chary, Steven G. Gilbert, and Michael McCally. Learn what the experts think; build your advocacy skills; and join the conversation. Check back each month for new topics, new experts, and new responses.

  • August 4, 2010

    EPA Rejects Petitions to Overturn Greenhouse Gases Endangerment Finding

    After months of investigation, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has rejected the claims of 10 petitions that questioned the EPA's 2009 determination that greenhouse gases are a threat to human health. These petitions were yet another attempt to prevent the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions by the Clean Air Act.

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  • Coal Ash
    July 29, 2010

    PSR supports rigorous regulation of coal ash

    Coal ash, the residue left over after coal is burned, contains some of the world’s deadliest toxics: arsenic, lead, mercury, cadmium, selenium and others.  Despite its toxicity, disposal of coal ash is not regulated by the federal government.  Instead, the states apply a patchwork of rules, some of them inadequate to protect human health and the environment. 

    PSR urges its members to submit comments to the Environmental Protection Agency, insisting on strict federal regulation of coal ash disposal sites that now leak deadly toxics into surface water and drinking water.

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  • July 9, 2010

    Countdown to Feature Film on Nuclear Weapons

    In the midst of an exciting year for advancing Nuclear Disarmament world-wide, the makers of "An Inconvenient Truth" are releasing a new feature film on the dangers of nuclear weapons. This film, "Countdown to Zero," features key leaders in the arms control community including PSR Board Member Dr. Ira Helfand speaking to the need for the abolition of nuclear weapons before the threat of a nuclear detonation is realized. Read more to get information on a screening near you and how you can help.

  • June 23, 2010

    Energy Industry Deregulation: First Oil, Now Nuclear

    At a press briefing on June 23, experts raised serious concerns about provisions included in proposed climate/energy legislation that would undermine Nuclear Regulatory Commission safety reviews and deregulate new reactors in much the same way that the oil industry safety regulations were skirted before the BP oil disaster.

    Dr. Jeff Patterson, PSR Board President (left) emphasized that "One of the crucial lessons from the oil spill in the Gulf is that measures to accelerate licensing, cut corners on safety and generally undermine regulation can lead to tragic consequences."

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  • June 8, 2010

    Defeat of Senator Murkowski's Dirty Air Act represents monumental win for safeguarding public health

    On June 10, the U.S. Senate rejected, 47 – 53, a "Dirty Air Act" resolution sponsored by Senator Murkowski (R-AK), which would have gutted the Clean Air Act's ability to crack down on the dirtiest climate polluters.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been authorized to use the Clean Air Act to control greenhouse gases coming from sources like Big Oil and Dirty Coal.  The Senate decisively supported that vision. Read Dr. Peter Wilk's response to the defeat of the Dirty Air Act.

  • June 8, 2010

    New START vote scheduled for mid-September

    After over 2 months and 20 Senate hearings, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has scheduled the vote on the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) for mid-September.

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  • June 4, 2010

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marks Nuclear Abolition Day

    This Saturday, June 5th is Nuclear Abolition Day and over 25 countries have registered over 50 concrete actions they will be taking to promote a world free of nuclear weapons. In support of these actions, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon sent a video message explaining that, "the tide is turning and more people are rejecting nuclear weapons" and we must build on this momentum to turn the Government's goals into actions.  In support of Nuclear Abolition Day, PSR encourages all of you to write to your senators urging them to support New START.

  • May 21, 2010

    Capitol Hill Briefing on the Risks of Nuclear Reactors

    Peter Bradford, former Commissioner, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, discusses the fact that loan guarantees do not reduce the financial risk of new reactors; they just shift the risk to taxpayers.  Every $10 billion in loan guarantees represents an exposure of about $100 for every U.S. family.

    At a Capitol Hill briefing on May 20 organized by the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and Physicians for Social Responsibility to educate Senate staff on the serious financial and proliferation risks inherent in building new nuclear reactors, several experts cautioned against pursuing nuclear energy as a solution to climate change. Read more »

  • May 21, 2010

    Nurses Urge Greater Protection from Chemical Exposure

    Kristen Welker-Hood, ScD, MSN, RN, director of PSR's environment and health program, Donna Yancey, RN and Nancy Hughes, RN, American Nurses Association, at National Nurses Week, May 11

    Hazardous Chemicals in Health Care and PSR Member Donna Yancey, R.N., a Seattle nurse and participant in PSR's bio-monitoring study, were featured recently during National Nurses Week as part of an effort to shine a spotlight on the need for chemical reform. The report was released in October 2009 by PSR, in partnership with American Nurses Association, Clean New York and Health Care Without Harm Nurses Working Group. The report is now being used widely to educate policymakers on the public health benefits of chemical reform. Read more » 

  • May 17, 2010

    Five Minutes to Make a Difference

    Take action around the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START). Signed on April 8, 2010, New START, a bi-lateral treaty between the United States and Russia, is a critical first step to reduce the global nuclear threat, prevent the further spread of nuclear weapons and make the world safer. We need citizens from across the country to stand up and let their senators know that we want New START to be ratified. Please take 5 minutes and make a call to your senators' offices, urging them to ratify the New START!

  • May 5, 2010

    PSR participates in 2010 NPT Review Conference

    PSR has begun an active May by participating in multiple events at the  Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference. On May 1st, PSR took part in the the International Peace Conference where Secretary General Ban Ki Moon gave a groundbreaking speech on a world free of nuclear weapons.

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  • May 3, 2010

    SPSR Student Leaders Summit

    Student physicians met in Washington, DC for trainings in medical advocacy.

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  • May 3, 2010

    Day of Action Report: 25 Meetings with Congressional Offices in a Single Day

    On April 29, leading physicians from across the country joined PSR chapter leaders and DC-based staff to meet with key offices on Capitol Hill to educate congressional staffers and lawmakers on the risks to public health from failure to promote clean, renewable energy, prevent massive nuclear and coal subsidies and to reduce the threat of nuclear war.  Fifty in-district actions also took place as part of this successful Day of Action.

  • April 26, 2010

    Physicians world-wide call for the removal of US Nuclear Weapons from Europe

    PSR and IPPNW have signed a joint statement on our disappointment on the US Administration's opposition to the removal of US nuclear weapons stored in NATO Countries.

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  • April 23, 2010

    PSR's New START Campaign Begins In Ernest

    As New START moves through Congress, PSR will seize this moment to educate our legislators on the points of this Treaty that are important to the disarmament agenda. In the next coming weeks, PSR has a number of actions on START including:

    1. Day of Action in Washington D.C. April 29, 2010
    2. Community wide call in on New Start, May 17, 2010
    3. Letter to the editor on New START

    Today, please take five minutes to submit a letter to editor though our online module.

  • April 15, 2010

    Obama and PSR shine spotlight on securing loose nuclear material in parallel summits

    President Obama hosted the Nuclear Security Summit with 47 heads of state; in parallel PSR as well as other organizations that make up the Fissile Materials Working Group (FMWG) hosted the “Next Generation Nuclear Summit” on securing fissile materials and our next steps towards progressing this goal. Read PSR ED Dr. Peter Wilk's comments on the substance of Obama's Nuclear Summit.

  • April 2, 2010

    Join PSR to take ACTION on Capitol Hill!

    PSR is heading to congressional offices to meet with lawmakers to promote clean, renewable energy, prevent massive nuclear and coal subsidies and to reduce the threat of nuclear war. Get involved with PSR’s Day of Action, April 29th in Washington D.C.

  • March 29, 2010

    Future Physicians meet in Washington April 30-May 2nd

    Medical students from around the country are coming to Washington to gain skills in organizing, medical activism and advocacy.

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