Tell President Obama and the US DOT to stop oil trains carrying diluted tar sands and fracked shale oil from the Bakken formation—both are more toxic, more explosive, and more carbon-intensive than conventional crude.
PSR physician experts
gathered at the National Press Club on
April 26—the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident—to
draw comparisons between Chernobyl and the ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis, and to issue
a warning about the inadequacies of
emergency preparedness, in the event of such an accident in the United
On April 26, 1986, the fourth reactor of the Chernobyl
nuclear power plant exploded, contaminating approximately 77,000 square miles
of land and spreading dangerous radioactive isotopes around the world. The
public health effects of this disaster continue to be felt a quarter-century
after the accident took place. The
ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan shows that the world remains vulnerable to
nuclear accidents. We cannot afford
another Chernobyl or Fukushima.
Dr. Jeff Patterson relayed his experiences at Moscow Hospital
No. 6, where victims of Chernobyl were treated, saying “The long-term effects
of this spread of radiation are much more destructive than the one-time x-ray
and gamma dose that people received at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We will not see
the final outcome of this experiment for hundreds of years.”
The Institute for Policy Studies’ Bob Alvarez spoke about
how the Fukushima nuclear crisis underscores the vulnerability of spent fuel
storage in pools to accidents or attack, especially the 31 reactors in the US
with a similar design as the Fukushima reactors.
Dr. Andrew Kanter outlined the potential catastrophic effects
of a Chernobyl- or Fukushima-scale accident in the United States and demonstrated
PSR’s new online Evacuation Zone Map , which shows where a person lives in relation to a nuclear reactor
and an evacuation zone. He
discussed the difficult logistics of an evacuation and demands on medical
Dr. Ira Helfand wrapped up the event with a discussion of
the harm to human health from radiation exposure, concluding “the risks to
public health, the economy and our environment from nuclear power far outweigh
Dr. Yuri Hiranuma provides a concise review of the TUE findings and the surprising high numbers of thyroid cancers in the initial baseline screening. The follow up study has already found 15 news cases in children who were cancer free two years prior. Read more »
In the Spotlight
March 25, 2016
What now, after the Supreme Court stay? The Supreme Court in February 2016 issued a "stay," or a temporary suspension, of the Clean Power Plan while a lower court reviews this legal challenge. This situation raises many questions.
Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.