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  • March 19, 2011
    Pam Kleiss: Keep nuclear safeguards in Wisconsin

    An op-ed by PSR Wisconsin executive director Pam Kleiss on the dangers of nuclear power.

    Source: Wisconsin State Journal
  • March 19, 2011
    Opinion: From Hiroshima to Fukushima and back

    Settled agriculture began about 12,000 years ago. If human children are still born and play on a hospitable planet in another 12,000 years, it will be because we succeeded in eradicating the terror of nuclear weapons and preventing runaway climate change. Twelve thousand years is not very long really.

    Source: Kyodo News
  • March 19, 2011
    Physicians for Social Responsibility Calls for a US Moratorium on New Nuclear Reactors, Citing Medical Risks

    Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) today called for a nationwide moratorium on new nuclear reactors in the United States and a suspension of operations at the nuclear reactors with a similar design as those involved in the disaster in Japan, as well as those on fault lines.

  • March 18, 2011
    Radio Interview with Dr. Ira Helfand

    PSR's Dr. Ira Helfand explains the long-term health effects from radiation exposure from Fukushima.

    Source: Democracy Now
  • March 18, 2011
    Audio: Nuclear Experts on Japanese Crisis & US Nuclear Industry

    PSR's Dr. Jeff Patterson spoke as part of a press conference on nuclear power at the National Press Club in Washington, DC today. Click above to listen to the press conference.

    Source: Earth Beat Radio
  • March 18, 2011
    Radio Interview: Aiding Japan

    PSR's Dr. Jeff Patterson discusses the nuclear crisis in Japan.

    Source: KQED Radio
  • March 17, 2011
    Japan's Nuclear Reactor Crisis Worsens

    On March 17, helicopters began dumping water on Unit-3 in an effort to cover the spent fuel, which may have been exposed to the air. These efforts have been stop-and-go, as radiation levels have been very high around this unit, putting workers at risk.

  • 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: 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
    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?"

  • 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
    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 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
    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 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 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
    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 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
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