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  • 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
    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 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
    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 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.

    Source: CleanTechnica
  • 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.

    Source: DailyFinance
  • April 28, 2010
    Recommitting to a Nuclear-Free World: An Evening with Helen Caldicott, MD

    On March 25, WPSR members, new supporters, and old friends came together to meet with renowned nuclear weapons abolitionist and PSR Co-Founder Helen Caldicott, MD.

  • April 28, 2010
    Recommitting to a Nuclear-Free World: An Evening with Helen Caldicott, MD

    On March 25, WPSR members, new supporters, and old friends came together to meet with renowned nuclear weapons abolitionist and PSR Co-Founder Helen Caldicott, MD.

  • 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.

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