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.
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.
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
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)
June 24, 2010
Did the Nuclear Industry and Politicians Learn Anything from the BP Oil Spill?
This article quotes PSR on the dangers of deregulating nuclear reactors, as proposed in the American Power Act.
May 21, 2010
Capitol Hill Briefing on the Risks of Nuclear Reactors
Dr. Mark Cooper, senior fellow for economic analysis at the Vermont Law School, presented his research on the high and rising cost of building nuclear reactors. He found that cost estimates by reactor venders and utilities in the 1970s and 1980s were extremely low compared to actual reactor construction costs, and that the same pattern of cost underestimation is happening again now.
May 18, 2010
Nuclear Power Industry Welcomes Health Effects Study
PSR's Safe Energy Director Michele Boyd on the potential health impacts of nuclear power.
February 24, 2010
What are the real dangers of tritium?
PSR Board member Dr. Ira Helfand speaks out on the potential health risks of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant.
Source: Brattleboro Reformer (Vermont)
February 23, 2010
PSR Board Member Dr. Ira Helfand Speaks Out Against License Renewal of Vermont Yankee Reactor
PSR Board Member Dr. Ira Helfand spoke at a teach-in to over 300 people, including members of the Vermont legislature, in Brattleboro, VT on February 21, 2010 to discuss the public health impacts of the Vermont Yankee reactor. The Vermont Yankee reactor which was voted down overwhelmingly (26-4) on February 24, 2010 by the Vermont Senate.
February 16, 2010
Physicians for Social Responsibility Opposes President Obama's Nuclear Loan Guarantee
President Obama announced today that DOE will issue $8.3 billion in a 'conditional' loan guarantee for two new nuclear reactors at the Vogtle site in Burke County, Georgia.
February 1, 2010
Obama's nuclear loan guarantees draw broad opposition
PSR and other groups are working to stop President Obama's plan to triple loan guarantees for nuclear power plants.
Source: USA Today
January 29, 2010
Obama Said to Seek $54 Billion in Nuclear-Power Loans
PSR Safe Energy Program Director Michele Boyd discusses the risks of proposed nuclear power loans.
January 28, 2010
Reaction to State of the Union Address
PSR applauds President Obama’s recommitment to reducing the threats to human life and health posed by nuclear weapons and climate change, while also expressing deep concern about his support for building new unsafe and polluting nuclear reactors and coal-fired power plants.
January 24, 2010
Lobbying, global warming, economy portend revival of nuclear power in U.S.
PSR's Michele Boyd criticizes a proposed energy bank that would give money to coal and nuclear power.
Source: The News Tribune (Washington state)
December 11, 2009
Climate change bill draft calls for more clean energy, greenhouse reductions
Wisconsin PSR's Pam Kleiss discusses the possibility of relaxed nuclear power rules in a new Wisconsin global warming bill.
Source: Wisconsin State Journal
December 2, 2009
Groups rally to safekeep moratorium
Jeff Patterson, national president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, voiced his concerns regarding nuclear energy and the health issues related to exposure to radioactivity.
Source: UW Badger Herald (Wisconsin)
December 1, 2009
Nuclear power gets attention at the capitol (Audio)
Dr. Jeffrey Patterson, national president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, says considering safer alternatives are available, this is not the time to revive the nuclear industry.
Source: Wisconsin Radio Network
November 25, 2009
Accident casts fresh doubt on nuclear safety
An op-ed by Dr. Gwen DuBois of Baltimore PSR on the dangers of nuclear power plants.
Source: Baltimore Sun