March 3, 2012
It's five minutes to midnight
PSR-Los Angeles Board member Dr. Robert Dodge on the need to reduce nuclear arsenals.
Source: Ventura County Star
March 1, 2012
CANCELED. Mar. 16th: Private screening of Fukushima documentary
WPSR hosts a private screening of an inside look at the 2011 tsunami and nuclear crisis.
February 29, 2012
Phase out reliance on coal and use efficient energies
A letter to the editor from Harrisburg PSR's Dr. James E. Jones.
Source: The Patriot-News
February 26, 2012
Tougher law needed
A letter to the editor from Maye Thompson of Oregon PSR on the Safe Chemicals Act.
Source: The Oregonian
February 23, 2012
PSR petitions White House for safe coal ash disposal
PSR is petitioning the White House to have the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) release health-protective standards for disposal of coal ash.
February 17, 2012
PSR: Cost of Wind Power Far Lower Than Cost of Damaging Health Effects From Coal
Moving the U.S. off of polluting, carbon-heavy coal-fired electricity will be much easier when clean, healthy renewable energy sources are in place. To that end, Catherine Thomasson MD, PSR’s new executive director, testified on February 14 in favor of a bill to facilitate development of an off-shore wind farm off the Atlantic coast.
February 16, 2012
No More Solyndras
With more than 15 times the Solyndra loan guarantee on the line, U.S. taxpayers being kept in the dark about huge Vogtle risks; nine groups cite NRC law violation in going to court to block Vogtle licensing.
February 16, 2012
Expert and author on coal and health is in Fairbanks
Dr. Alan H. Lockwood, an Emeritus Professor of Neurology at the University of Buffalo and a member of Physicians for Social Responsibility, was in Fairbanks as a guest of the Alaska Community Action on Toxics and the Northern Alaska Environmental Center.
Source: Fairbanks Daily News
February 15, 2012
O'Malley Makes Pitch For Offshore Wind Power
PSR Executive Director Dr. Catherine Thomasson explains the public health costs of coal-fired power plants.
February 14, 2012
Obama Administration Cuts Vital Programs Combating Nuclear Terrorism
The prestigious Fissile Material Working Group included a quotation from Dr. Thomasson in their just released analysis of President Obama's FY 2013 budget.
Source: Fissile Materials Working Group
February 13, 2012
Wasting Hundreds of Billions on Obsolete Cold War Nukes
PSR Arizona Chapter President, Dr. Barbara Warren, describes the expensive cost to retain obsolete nuclear weapons: "We do not need nor can we afford to waste hundreds of billions of tax dollars on obsolete Cold War nuclear weapons systems that are ill-suited to meeting U.S. security needs in the 21st century."
February 7, 2012
Lessons from Fukushima
Dr. Barbara Warren on the public health dangers of nuclear power.
Source: Tucson Citizen
February 6, 2012
Ailing Crystal River Nuclear Reactor Finally Closed
PSR is pleased to note Duke Energy’s wise decision to permanently shutter the troubled Crystal River nuclear reactor in Florida. This decision comes three years after the reactor was initially shut down as a result of repeated cracks in the reactor’s containment vessel. This decision is a victory for public safety.
January 28, 2012
Living in the dusty shadow of coal mining
While there has been limited research in Australia on the health effects of coal mining, extensive studies in the US by the Physicians for Social Responsibility found people living in high coal-producing counties had higher rates of cardiopulmonary disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hypertension and kidney disease compared with people in non-coal-producing counties.
Source: The Australian
January 19, 2012
PSR Iowa Leads Fight Against Nuclear Subsidies
As the nuclear industry renews its effort to persuade legislators, taxpayers and ratepayers to prop up its uneconomic industry, PSR Iowa is leading a grassroots campaign against an advanced cost recovery bill, a measure which would enable utilities to collect the capital expense for a new nuclear reactor in advance from their customers.
January 18, 2012
Health Group Announces Intent to Sue EPA Over Toxic Coal Ash
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) joined environmental groups in announcing their intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in federal court to force the release of long-awaited federal safeguards for toxic coal ash.
January 18, 2012
PSR Signals Intention to Sue U.S. EPA for Release of Coal Ash Rule
PSR, acting with environmental organizations, filed a Notice of Intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to require the Agency to release rules for safe disposal of coal ash, the toxic waste left when electrical utilities burn coal.
January 15, 2012
Proposed clean car standards would save Pa. families money
Dr. Robert Little, co-chair of Harrisburg Physicians for Social Responsibility, explains the health impacts of particulate matter from car exhaust.
Source: The Carlisle Sentinel
January 12, 2012
Nuclear plant opponents in Fla. voice concerns
Dr. Lynn Ringenberg, president of PSR Florida, said the new nuclear units just aren't worth the risk. It's been proven, she said, that even low levels of radiation can cause cancer.
Source: Washington Examiner
January 12, 2012
Educational Tools on Energy Criticized for Inaccuracies
"The information being presented to students misleads them on very basic questions of health and safety. Fossil fuels like coal have very damaging effects on health, and schools should warn students about them, not ignore them," noted Barbara Gottlieb, Director of Environment and Health at Physicians for Social Responsibility.