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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Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Just What the Doctor Ordered, for Our Health and Future: Physicians for Social Responsibility Applauds Rep. Smith and Sen. Warren’s “No First Use” Legislation
Physicians for Social Responsibility applauds Representative Adam Smith and Senator Elizabeth Warren for their bold commitment to ensuring the health and safety of all families by establishing a U.S. policy of “No First Use” of nuclear weapons. On January 30, Smith, Chair of the House Armed...
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Tuesday, December 18, 2018
“Our Organizations Are Deeply Concerned”: Physicians for Social Responsibility and 19 Additional Health Organizations Submit Comments on EPA’s Proposed Rule Changes for New Source Performance Standards
On December 17, twenty health and public health organizations submitted comments to Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler protesting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s proposed weakening of for the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), which regulate leakage of methane and toxic gases...
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Monday, November 12, 2018
Woolsey Fire Burns Nuclear Meltdown Site that State Toxics Agency Failed to Clean Up
Last night, the Woolsey fire burned the contaminated Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL), a former nuclear and rocket engine testing site. Footage from local television showed flames surrounding rocket test stands, and the fire’s progress through to Oak Park indicates that much of the toxic site...
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Thursday, August 30, 2018
California Votes to Support U.N. Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty, Restrict Presidential Authority for Nuclear Strike
On Tuesday, August 28, the California Senate voted to approve AJR 33 , a resolution introduced by Assemblymember Monica Limón that urges the U.S. to embrace the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and implement important protective nuclear policies. The Senate also approved AJR 30 , a...
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Monday, June 11, 2018
Physicians’ Prescription For Action On North Korea: Congress Must Recognize The Risk Of a Massive Public Health Disaster And Block The Path To War
In the run-up to the June 12 summit with North Korea, a group of prominent physicians today urged Congressional leaders to promote diplomacy and prevent a war that could result in massive casualties. In a sign-on letter organized by Physicians for Social Responsibility and delivered today to key...
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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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