July 12, 2012
Groups: Japanese Report on Fukushima Reactor Disaster Is “Real Wake Up” Call for Sleeping U.S. Regulators
The same underlying “man-made” problems that contribute significantly to the Fukushima reactor disaster in Japan are in place in the United States and require preventative actions that go far beyond the limited steps taken far by the U.S. industry and its regulators, according to five groups commenting today on the English-language version of the official report of the Japanese Parliament’s Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission.
September 8, 2011
Remembering "3/11": Six Months After the Fukushima Reactor Disaster, Key Lessons Appear to be Going Unlearned
Regulatory, scientific and health experts agree: The “3/11” Fukushima reactor disaster is still ongoing six month later … and some major lessons are in danger of going unheeded.
July 13, 2011
PSR Statement on the Nuclear Regulatory Near-Term Task Force Review of Fukushima Dai-ichi Disaster
PSR supports many of the recommendations raised by the NRC’s Near-Term Task Force Review, but the report fails to recommend moving spent fuel from packed spent fuel pools to hardened on-site storage.
April 29, 2011
PSR Statement on the Increase of Allowable Dose of Ionizing Radiation to Children in Fukushima Prefecture
It is the consensus of the medical and scientific community, summarized in the US National Academies’ National Research Council report Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation VII, that there is no safe level of radiation.
April 26, 2011
Physicians for Social Responsibility Cites Flawed Evacuation Zones, Nuclear’s Health Risks on Chernobyl Anniversary
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) today cited gross inadequacies in evacuation zones around nuclear reactors and underscored the ongoing health risks of nuclear energy to the public.
March 30, 2011
Plutonium Carries Serious Risks to Public Health and the Environment
The release of plutonium from at least one of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear reactors carries serious risks to public health and the environment, according to PSR. Inhalation of a plutonium particle the size of a speck of dust can lead to lung cancer and death.
March 23, 2011
Physicians for Social Responsibility Deeply Concerned About Reports of Increased Radioactivity in Food Supply
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) expressed concern over recent reports that radioactivity from the ongoing Fukushima accident is present in the Japanese food supply.
March 21, 2011
PSR Statement on Radiation Exposure in the United States from the Japan Nuclear Accident
The unknown and changing situation in Japan regarding radiation releases is continuing to cause concern and confusion here in the United States. PSR National and our Chapters are receiving many questions regarding radiation effects and requests for medical advice.
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 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 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."
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.
October 1, 2008
EPA's New Public Health Standards for Nuclear Waste Dump Based on Politics, Not Protecting the Public
New final public health radiation standards for the proposed nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain in Nevada don’t meet long held or scientific standards for safety and appear to have been pushed out in the closing months of the Bush administration, PSR charged today. The new standards for the proposed high-level radioactive waste dump were released yesterday.