Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

The Union of Concerned Scientists is the leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices.

Releases by this organization

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Friday, May 06, 2011
Senator Brown Unfairly Attacking League of Women Voters
Sen. Scott Brown, (R-Mass.) is unreasonably attacking the League of Women Voters for running an ad criticizing his recent vote to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating carbon pollution. Below is a statement by Kevin Knobloch, president of UCS.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Federal Agencies Scheduled to Report to White House This Week On Status of New Scientific Integrity Policies
Federal agencies were scheduled to report back to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) yesterday on their progress developing new scientific integrity policies. The deadline was set by the White House’s December 17, 2010, scientific integrity guidelines .
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Monday, April 11, 2011
Science Group Launches Web Feature that Estimates Clean Air Act Benefits
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) today launched a new web feature that tracks the estimated net benefits of the Clean Air Act from when it became law in 1970. The “ticker” is based on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates of the law’s net health and economic benefits.
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Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Internal NRC Documents Reveal Doubts About Measures to Ensure U.S. Plants Survive Fukushima-Type Events
In the weeks following the Fukushima accident, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and nuclear industry officials have been asserting that U.S. nuclear plants are better prepared to withstand a catastrophic event like the March 11 earthquake and tsunami than Japanese plants because they have additional safety measures in place.
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Hundreds of Scientists Denounce Congress' Attempt to Undermine Endangered Species Act
Nearly 1,300 scientists today urged senators to oppose efforts to undermine the scientific authority of the Endangered Species Act, which they fear would threaten the long-term survival of all species protected by the law.
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Thursday, March 17, 2011
Union of Concerned Scientists Releases Report on the NRC and Nuclear Plant Safety in 2010
Many of the serious safety or security lapses at U.S. nuclear power plants in 2010 happened because plant owners -- and often the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) -- failed to address known safety problems, according to a report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Below is the executive summary of the report. The NRC and Nuclear Power Plant Safety in 2010: A Brighter Spotlight Needed David Lochbaum, Union of Concerned Scientists
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Wednesday, March 09, 2011
New Report Warns Against Investments in New or Existing Coal-Fired Power Plants
The cost of constructing or retrofitting coal-fired electric power plants and the rising cost of coal have made coal power an extremely risky long-term investment, according to a report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
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Friday, March 04, 2011
NBC-WSJ Poll: Majority of Americans Rank Nuclear Power Subsidies Top Target for Federal Budget Cuts
The Wall Street Journal yesterday published the results of a new public opinion poll the newspaper conducted with NBC News that found the most acceptable budget cut out of 14 programs, including Social Security, college loans, Head Start and national defense, is for subsidies for new nuclear reactors.
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Wednesday, February 09, 2011
2500 Scientists Reject Attacks on Clean Air Act
More than 2,500 U.S. scientists sent a letter to members of Congress today urging them to reject legislation that would undermine an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finding under the Clean Air Act that heat-trapping emissions are altering the climate and endangering public health.
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Friday, February 04, 2011
A Decade Later: NRC Reactor Oversight Process Has Failed to Improve Reactor Safety, New Report Finds
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) reactor oversight process, introduced 10 years ago to better monitor safety at nuclear power plants and trigger appropriate agency responses, has failed to improve nuclear safety, according to a report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
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