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Costs and Consequences of the Fukushima Daiichi Disaster

By Steven Starr, MT (ASCP), PSR Senior Scientist The destruction of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in March 2011, caused by an earthquake and subsequent tsunami, resulted in massive radioactive contamination of the Japanese mainland. In November 2011, the Japanese Science Ministry reported that long-lived radioactive cesium had contaminated 11,580 square miles (30,000 sq …

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Particulate Matter

What You Need to Know About Your Health Fact sheet on health impacts of particulate matter.


Chromium Fact Sheet

A brief overview of the dangers to health from hexavalent chromium in coal ash.


Big Issues in Coal Ash Disposal

The Environmental Protection Agency is currently receiving public comments on its proposed regulations for coal ash handling and disposal. PSR strongly supports the option called “Subtitle C,” which would create uniform, federally enforceable standards that would greatly strengthen protections for human health.


Coal Ash Toxics: Damaging to Human Health

The toxic substances found in coal ash can inflict grave damage to the human body and the environment. These substances have been shown to escape from some coal ash disposal sites, contaminating the air, land, surface waters, and/or underground aquifers that feed drinking water wells.


Coal Ash: Hazardous to Human Health

Coal ash is the waste that is left after coal is combusted (burned). It includes fly ash (fine powdery particles that are carried up the smoke stack and captured by pollution control devices) as well as coarser materials that fall to the bottom of the furnace. Most coal ash comes from coal-fired electric power plants.


Dirty, Dangerous and Expensive: The Truth About Nuclear Power

The nuclear industry seeks to revitalize itself by manipulating the public’s concerns about global warming and energy insecurity to promote nuclear power as a clean and safe way to curb emissions of greenhouse gases and reduce dependence on foreign energy resources. Despite these claims by industry proponents, a thorough examination of the full life-cycle of …

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