Physicians for Social Responsibility

Physicians for Social Responsibility is a non-profit advocacy organization that is the medical and public health voice for policies to prevent nuclear war and proliferation and to slow, stop and reverse global warming and toxic degradation of the environment.

Releases by this organization

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Thursday, June 11, 2015
Physicians, Sierra Club Take Gov. Hogan to Court for Unlawfully Blocking Clean Air Safeguards
Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility and Sierra Club, represented by Earthjustice, filed suit today asserting that Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland Division of State Documents unlawfully blocked a new clean air safeguard that would protect Marylanders suffering from asthma and other...
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Public Health and Environmental Groups Announce Intent to Take Gov. Hogan to Court for Unlawfully Blocking Clean Air Protections
Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility and Sierra Club represented by Earthjustice announced today that they will hold Governor Hogan, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and the Maryland Division of State Documents accountable for failing to implement new clean air...
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Thursday, 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. The quake was felt from South Carolina to Toronto, with an epicenter in Mineral, Virginia, just a few miles from the North Anna nuclear station. The reactor lost offsite power and had to rely on diesel generators for cooling until late Tuesday night. About a dozen other reactors experienced ‘unusual events’ as a result of the quake.
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Fukushima Equal to Chernobyl
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) issued the following public statement in response to Japan’s reassessment of the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis from a Level 5 to a Level 7 disaster: "Unfortunately, as we experienced in Chernobyl and are now experiencing once again, the planned and extended countermeasures for dealing with a nuclear disaster of this magnitude are totally inadequate, and do not even begin to address the physical, psychological, and economic damage that these events cause in both the short and long term,” said Dr.
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Wednesday, 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 Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR). Inhalation of a plutonium particle the size of a speck of dust can lead to lung cancer and death. The particle’s extensive half-life also means it will impact the environment for thousands of years if released into the soil, air or sea.
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Wednesday, 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 presentin the Japanese food supply. While all food contains radionuclides, whether from natural sources, nuclear testing or otherwise, the increased levels found in Japanese spinach and milk pose health risks to the population. PSR also expressed alarm over the level of misinformation circulating in press reports about the degree to which radiation exposure can be considered “safe.”
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Saturday, 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. PSR cited the medical risks associated with any level of radiation exposure regardless of how small. Lower doses result in less chance of harm than higher doses, but any dose level can put an individual at risk.
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Thursday, March 17, 2011
PSR Celebrates EPA Action to Dangerous Air Toxins from Coal and Oil-Fired Power Plants
Physicians for Social Responsibility 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. The EPA action would begin to reduce life-threatening hazardous air pollutants from 1,350 coal-and 525 oil-fired power plants that have escaped regulation since the air toxics amendment was added to the Clean Air Act in 1990. Pollutants this proposed rule will cover include mercury, arsenic, other toxic metals, acid gases, and organic air toxics.
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010
PSR Supports Newly Introduced Safe Chemicals Act, Seeks Improvement Before Enactment
Physicians for Social Responsibility supports the "Safe Chemicals Act of 2010," introduced last week by Senator Lautenberg and Congressmen Waxman and Rush. The long-awaited, landmark legislation would overhaul the way the federal government protects the public from toxic chemicals.
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Thursday, April 08, 2010
A New START Unveiled; Historic Step Towards the Global Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), signed today by President Obama and Russian President Medvedev, is, "a historic step towards addressing our nation's primary public health challenge - the continued risk of a nuclear weapon detonating in a city in the United States of America," according to the Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR).
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