January 15, 2013
Groups: Nuclear Energy Institute Is Pushing NRC to Shortchange Environmental Review of Long-Term Radioactive Waste Storage
The nuclear industry’s trade association is pushing so hard to get the NRC to do a hurry-up version of a court-ordered environmental impact statement on the long-term storage of nuclear waste that it is even pressuring the federal agency to rely on such unsatisfactory “evidence” as secret reports that the agency has reported as being lost, according to supplemental comments filed today by 24 leading national and grassroots environment groups.
January 3, 2013
24 Groups: NRC Rushing Nuclear "Waste Confidence" Process, Not Satisfying Court-Ordered Requirements
In documents filed Tuesday with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), a wide range of national and grassroots environmental groups said it would be impossible for the NRC to adequately conduct a court-ordered assessment of the environmental implications of long-term storage of spent nuclear reactor fuel in the two short years the federal agency envisions for the process.
September 19, 2012
Popular Children’s Lunch Contains Hidden Danger, Groups Warn
Some children may be at greater risk from mercury in tuna than previously thought, finds a new study by the Mercury Policy Project.
September 12, 2012
Former PSR Board Member to Receive Prestigious Heinz Award
Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation today announced Dr. Richard Joseph Jackson, a pediatrician and public health physician, as a recipient of one of five prestigious Heinz Awards.
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.
June 19, 2012
PSR supports the nomination of Allison Macfarlane as chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) today announced its endorsement of Dr. Allison Macfarlane as chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
June 6, 2012
140 Community, Public Health and Environmental Groups Demand a Clean Transportation Bill
PSR sent the letter to the Hill and Administration yesterday afternoon on behalf of 140 public interest groups in the 14 Senate conferee states asking for a clean transportation bill, particularly one without a dangerous coal ash amendment.
April 26, 2012
840 Health Professionals Agree: Coal Ash is Hazardous to Your Health
Physicians for Social Responsibility delivered to the Obama Administration today a petition signed by 840 medical doctors, health scientists, nurses, and other health professionals outlining the harm that exposure to toxic coal ash imposes on human health. Accompanying the letter are eight doctors from Florida, Iowa, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Georgia who will meet with their elected officials in Congress.
April 24, 2012
Nuclear Famine Report: Limited Nuclear Exchange in One of World's Regions Would Trigger Mass Global Starvation After Slashing Chinese, U.S. Food Production
Amidst growing tensions in Asia, India-Pakistan confrontation used to show dire consequences around the globe; more than a billion people would be at risk under "nuclear famine" scenario.
April 4, 2012
Physicians for Social Responsibility Joins Lawsuit for Federal Coal Ash Protections
PSR is among the environmental and public health groups that filed a lawsuit this week to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to complete its rulemaking process and finalize public health safeguards against toxic coal ash.
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.
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.