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News Briefing: Radiation Impacts on Human Health of Japanese Reactor Crisis - Audio available here
March 16, 2011
Listen to the audio from this news media briefing with radiation and health experts here.
A transcipt of the briefing is available here.
Three Leading International Radiation Exposure Experts to Outline
Impacts, Areas for Concern
WASHINGTON, D.C.///NEWS ADVISORY///A news media briefing will take
place by phone at 1 p.m. EST/1700 GMT with three of the world’s leading
radiation exposure experts to discuss the consequences for human health of the nuclear
reactor crisis in Japan.
The Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) news event is being
held to address concerns about misleading and incomplete information that is
being provided about the Japanese nuclear catastrophe.
News event speakers will be:
- Dr. Ira Helfand, past
president of Physicians for Social Responsibility and a nuclear expert who has
dedicated his life to educating the public and the medical establishment about
nuclear energy. He has published articles about the real and potential
public health consequences associated with nuclear reactors. He is a
board-certified internist in Springfield, Massachusetts and a graduate of
Harvard University and Albert Einstein Medical College.
- Dr. David Richardson,
associate professor of epidemiology in the School of Public Health at the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research focuses on
ionizing radiation. He has engaged in studies of cancer among nuclear
workers at several US Department of Energy facilities. In addition, he has
worked with the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research
on Cancer on studies of occupational cancers and ionizing radiation; and in
Japan on studies of cancer among the survivors of the atomic bombings of
Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Marvin Resnikoff is an international consultant on radioactive waste issues. A nuclear physicist and a graduate of the
University of Michigan, Dr. Resnikoff has worked on radioactive issues since
his first project at West Valley, New York in 1974. His recent research focus has been on the
risk of transporting and storing radioactive waste and the health impact of
radioactive waste from oil and uranium production. In June 2000, he was appointed by U.S.
Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Bill Richardson to a federal Blue Ribbon
Panel on Alternatives to Incineration.
Additional background information
will be provided at the time of the news event.
TO PARTICIPATE: You can join
this live, phone-based news conference (with full, two-way Q&A) at 1 p.m.
EDT/1700 GMT on March 16, 2011 by dialing 1 (800) 860-2442 in the U.S.,
080-823-89064 in the United Kingdom or +1-412-858-4600 for callers outside the
U.S./United Kingdom. Ask for the "radiation health exposure" telenews
CAN'T PARTICIPATE?: A
streaming audio replay of the news event will be available on the Web at http://www.psr.org/nuclear-bailout/ as of 4 p.m. EDT on March 16, 2011.
MEDIA CONTACT: Ailis
Aaron Wolf, (703) 276-3265 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Physicians for Social Responsibility is the largest
physician-led organization in the country articulating both the health risks
and threats to human survival posed by nuclear weapons, climate change, nuclear
reactors and toxic degradation of the environment. PSR is dedicated to improving national policy
formulation and decision-making about security, energy and the environment
through the combined efforts of credible, committed health professionals and
our active and concerned citizen members.
For more information, go to http://www.psr.org.
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