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  • Audio: Nuclear Experts on Japanese Crisis & US Nuclear Industry
    March 18, 2011

    PSR's Dr. Jeff Patterson spoke as part of a press conference on nuclear power at the National Press Club in Washington, DC today. Click above to listen to the press conference.

    Source: Earth Beat Radio
  • Half of U.S. nuclear reactors over 30 years old
    March 15, 2011

    "If a plant was operating for a certain period of time, what assurances do we have that it's mechanically sound," said Ira Helfand, a board member at Physicians for Social Responsibility. "Given what's happened in Japan, do we really want nuclear plants operating here?"

  • Japan's nuclear crisis calls for examination of energy solutions
    March 14, 2011

    A letter to the editor from Dr. Rich Grady, president of Washington PSR.

    Source: Seattle Times
  • Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Reactor Crisis
    March 13, 2011

    PSR Board member Dr. Ira Helfand's comments on the nuclear reactor crisis in Japan.

    Source: Coal Geology
  • Japan scrambles to cool nuclear reactors, prevent new blasts
    March 13, 2011

    "The bottom line is that we just don't know what's going to happen in the next couple of days and, frankly, neither do the people who run the system," said Dr. Ira Helfand, a member of the board of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

    Source: CNN
  • US lawmakers say go slow on nuclear energy
    March 13, 2011

    Nuclear opponent Ira Helfand, board member of Physicians for Social Responsibility, said an overlooked threat to nuclear plants is terrorism.

    Source: Agence France-Presse
  • Owner says Calvert Cliffs is safe in wake of Japan meltdown threat
    March 12, 2011

    Ira Helfand, a board member of Physicians for Social Responsibility, called nuclear plants "weapons of mass destruction we build ourselves and site next to our cities."

    Source: Baltimore Sun
  • Japan's Radiation Exposure: How Serious Is It?
    March 12, 2011

    "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."

    Source: Time
  • Green light for polluters
    March 10, 2011

    An op-ed co-authored by Western North Carolina PSR's Dr. Lewis Patrie.

    Source: News & Observer
  • BPA ban necessary for Maine
    March 5, 2011

    A letter to the editor by Daniel S. Oppenheim, PhD, MD, president of Maine PSR, on the need for regulation of bisphenol-A.

    Source: Portland Press Herald
  • We must build on 40 years of cleaner air and better public health
    March 4, 2011

    An op-ed co-authored by Austin PSR's Dr. Lisa Doggett and Marian Morris about the importance of the EPA's work for clean air in Texas.

    Source: Austin American-Statesman
  • Pennsylvanians didn't vote for dirtier air
    February 25, 2011

    Dr. Robert Little, co-chairman of Harrisburg PSR, co-authors this op-ed on the Congressional attempt to strip EPA of its power to enforce clean air and water laws.

    Source: Patriot-News
  • EPA To Issue New Pollution Regulations
    February 21, 2011

    The Environmental Protection Agency today is expected to issue regulations on pollution from big boilers and incinerators. Dr. James Plumb of Philadelphia PSR sees the equation as simple. “Just another step we need to take to protect human health and lives.”

    Source: CBS Philly
  • Stop Washington state coal-energy production
    February 17, 2011

    Energy policy is health policy, writes PSR member Dr. Howard Frumkin in this op-ed.

    Source: Seattle Times
  • Opponents square off over Wash.'s coal-fired plant
    February 15, 2011

    Dr. Alexander Hamling, a Washington PSR board member, warns of the public health dangers from coal pollution.

    Source: Seattle Times
  • Chicago Power and Sweet Home: One Step Forward, One Step Back
    February 14, 2011

    Chicago PSR was among public health and environmental groups that spoke at a Chicago City Council meeting recently in favor of a proposed Clean Power Ordinance.

    Source: Huffington Post
  • Peter Wilk, MD Doctors, Nurses Other Health Professionals Urge Congress To Resist Efforts To Weaken The Clean Air Act
    February 10, 2011

    PSR Executive Director Dr. Peter Wilk urges Congress to consider the public health impact of pollutants and to protect the Clean Air Act.

    Source: Medical News Today
  • Sierra Club launching campaign to protect EPA air rules
    February 10, 2011

    The Sierra Club announced Thursday that it is launching a new campaign to stop efforts by Republicans to block Environmental Protection Agency air pollution rules. The environmental group is working closely with public health groups, including PSR, in the effort.

    Source: The Hill
  • Carcinogen tied to coal ash pollution
    February 4, 2011

    A new report from environmental and social justice groups reports that hexavalent chromium, a chemical linked to cancer, is regularly leached from coal ash sites. The report, “EPA's Blind Spot: Hexavalent Chromium in Coal Ash,” is a collaboration of the law firm Earthjustice, PSR and the Environmental Integrity Project.

    Source: Beckley Register-Herald
  • Hexavalent chromium pollution linked to coal ash disposal
    February 3, 2011

    A report released this week titled "EPA's Blind Spot: Hexavalent Chromium in Coal Ash" was produced with Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Environmental Integrity Project.

    Source: Facing South
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