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  • March 17, 2011
    Radiation and Health: The Japanese Nuclear Crisis and Health Impacts

    The ongoing crisis at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant seriously threatens human health and will continue to pose a threat for an indeterminate period. That’s the message that PSR spokespeople have been carrying to the public through the mass media over the past week.

  • March 16, 2011
    News Briefing: Radation Impacts on Human Health from the Japanese Nuclear Reactor Crisis

    Three Leading International Radiation Exposure Experts to Outline Impacts, Areas for Concern

  • March 16, 2011
    News Briefing: Radiation Impacts on Human Health of Japanese Reactor Crisis - Audio available here

    A news media briefing took place today with three of the world’s leading radiation exposure experts to discuss the consequences for human health of the nuclear reactor crisis in Japan.

  • March 15, 2011
    Japan's Nuclear Reactor Crisis Worsens

  • March 15, 2011
    Half of U.S. nuclear reactors over 30 years old

    "If a plant was operating for a certain period of time, what assurances do we have that it's mechanically sound," said Ira Helfand, a board member at Physicians for Social Responsibility. "Given what's happened in Japan, do we really want nuclear plants operating here?"

    Source: http://money.cnn.com/2011/03/15/news/economy/nuclear_plants_us/
  • March 14, 2011
    Japan's nuclear crisis calls for examination of energy solutions

    A letter to the editor from Dr. Rich Grady, president of Washington PSR.

    Source: Seattle Times
  • March 13, 2011
    Japan scrambles to cool nuclear reactors, prevent new blasts

    "The bottom line is that we just don't know what's going to happen in the next couple of days and, frankly, neither do the people who run the system," said Dr. Ira Helfand, a member of the board of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

    Source: CNN
  • March 13, 2011
    Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Reactor Crisis

    PSR Board member Dr. Ira Helfand's comments on the nuclear reactor crisis in Japan.

    Source: Coal Geology
  • March 13, 2011
    US lawmakers say go slow on nuclear energy

    Nuclear opponent Ira Helfand, board member of Physicians for Social Responsibility, said an overlooked threat to nuclear plants is terrorism.

    Source: Agence France-Presse
  • March 12, 2011
    Owner says Calvert Cliffs is safe in wake of Japan meltdown threat

    Ira Helfand, a board member of Physicians for Social Responsibility, called nuclear plants "weapons of mass destruction we build ourselves and site next to our cities."

    Source: Baltimore Sun
  • March 12, 2011
    Japan's Radiation Exposure: How Serious Is It?

    "Strontium is chemicaly similar to calcium," says Dr. Ira Helfand, a board member for Physicians for Social Responsibility. "So it gets incorporated into bones and teeth and can stay there, irradiating the body, for a long time."

    Source: Time
  • March 12, 2011
    Japan's Nuclear Reactor Crisis Continues

    On March 12, a buildup of hydrogen caused an explosion in the turbine room at the Fukushima Daiichi Unit-1 reactor in Japan. The Japanese government is reporting that the reactor vessel is intact, but it is not known if the explosion caused any damage to it.

  • March 11, 2011
    Japanese Earthquake Puts Nuclear Reactor at Risk

    On Friday March 11, the largest earthquake in Japanese history (8.9) hit the eastern coast of Japan, causing the shutdown of reactors at Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear station and the Tohuku nuclear station. Backup power for the Fukushima Daiichi Unit-2 reactor did not function, which has put the cooling system at risk. The cooling system keeps the extremely hot nuclear core from melting down, as well as the spent fuel rods in large pools from overheating and causing a fire. Currently, the emergency cooling system is running on limited battery power.

  • February 11, 2011
    Colorado environmentalists challenge planned uranium mill

    Sheep Mountain Alliance alleges that the state of Colorado did not hold adequate public hearings and that the licensing violates a state law prohibiting uranium mills near areas that already have high levels of heavy metals in their water.

    Source: Los Angeles Times
  • January 26, 2011
    Obama slammed, praised for including coal, nuclear in clean energy goal

    PSR's Security Director David Hart is quoted in this piece on the State of the Union.

    Source: Sun Sentinel
  • January 26, 2011
    Experts: "Clean" Energy Standard Should Not Include Nuclear, Coal

    If Congress and the White House intend to move forward with a “clean energy standard” (CES), it will be a huge contradiction to include nuclear reactors and coal-fired power plants, according to three experts.

  • November 30, 2010
    Documentary Filmmaker Focuses on Paradox Valley Uranium Mill

    The Piñon Ridge plant, located in southwestern Colorado, was recently approved by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment project and will be the first new uranium processing mill in the U.S. in more than 25 years. Filmmaker Richard Linnett is following the issue for in order to document the community impact.

    Source: Paradox Valley USA Website
  • September 29, 2010
    IEER/PSR: 'Small Modular Reactors' No Panacea for What Ails Nuclear Power

    The same industry that promised that nuclear power would be "too cheap to meter" is now touting another supposed cure-all for America's power needs: the small modular reactor (SMR). The only problem is that SMRs are not only unlikely live up to the hype, but may well aggravate cost, safety, and environmental problems, according to a new fact sheet prepared by the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research and PSR.

    Source: PR Newswire
  • July 22, 2010
    Lessons from the Gulf for nuclear reactors

    An op-ed from PSR Board President Dr. Jeff Patterson on the need for regulation.

    Source: Southtown Star (lllinois)
  • June 28, 2010
    Green energy should not include nuclear

    Dr. Richard Clapp, a former board member of Greater Boston PSR, writes an op-ed on the costs of nuclear energy.

    Source: Fall River Herald News (Massachusetts)
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