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 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.
January 4, 2012
Catherine Thomasson Becomes Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility
Dr. Catherine Thomasson, an Oregon physician and leading advocate on health-related impacts on nuclear weapons and climate change, became executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility on January 1, 2012.
December 7, 2011
PSR calls for strengthened Biological Weapons Convention inspections and protocols to close loopholes
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) applauds the Obama Administration’s decision to send U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the Biological Weapons Convention Review Conference underway in Geneva Switzerland.
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.
August 25, 2011
Physicians for Social Responsibility Calls for Improved Safety at Nuclear Reactor Sites
Physicians for Social Responsibility called for immediate action to improve safeguards at nuclear reactors vulnerable to seismic events such as the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the East coast on August 23, 2011.
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.
May 3, 2011
Physicians for Social Responsibility Highlights the Health Benefits of the Clean Air Act and Points to Further Opportunities for Saving Lives
Today, Physicians for Social Responsibility released its report, The Clean Air Act: A Proven Tool for Healthy Air. The report provides a critical review of the health protections achieved through air pollution prevention.
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
IPPNW: Stop the killing in Libya
IPPNW issues a strong statement calling for an immediate cease fire by all parties in Libya and internationally. Click above to read the full statement.
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 17, 2011
PSR Celebrates EPA Action to Dangerous Air Toxins from Coal and Oil-Fired Power Plants
PSR welcomed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s release today of a proposed update to air quality standards that will limit the emission of lethal air toxics from power plants.
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 7, 2011
PSR Helps Negotiate Closure of Washington State’s Only Coal Plant
Thanks to a negotiated agreement, Washington State’s only coal-fired power plant is now scheduled to slash its generating capacity in half by 2020 and close entirely by 2025.
February 9, 2011
Doctors, Nurses, other Health Professionals Urge Congress to Resist Efforts to Weaken the Clean Air Act
Leading public health organizations announced today that 1,882 physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, certified asthma educators and other health and medical professionals from all 50 states and the District of Columbia sent a letter to President Obama, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives urging them to uphold the protections established in the Clean Air Act.
February 4, 2011
PSR Statement on New START
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will meet in Munich on Saturday, February 5th to exchange the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) documents as the final step prior to the treaty entering into force.