PSR-LA In the News

Thirty Organizations File Opposition to Diablo Canyon Bill
March 23, 2016
Santa Barbara Independent

Thirty environmental, health and other organizations today announced their opposition to California state legislation that would mandate an analysis of purportedly negative – but not positive – impacts of shutting down the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.

Polluters’ air board coup will result in sickened Angelenos
March 11, 2016
LA Times

PSR-LA’s Executive Director Martha Dina Arguello writes a Letter to the Editor in the LA Times responding to industry-friendly changes in pollution regulation at the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Photography Exhibit Reflects on Environmental Change
January 8, 2016
Random Length News

Watts Now LA is a photo narrative series that deals intimately with the physical surroundings of that community and affecting change within it.

Jordan Downs project gets $6.5 million in funding
December 28, 2015
Los Angeles Wave Newspapers

The Jordan Downs redevelopment project has received $6.5 million from California’s Strategic Growth Council to launch the redevelopment of the aging housing project.

Federal agency backtracks on Rocketdyne study
December 8, 2015
Ventura County Star

A federal agency that had planned to do additional study on the public health risks stemming from contamination at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory site has backed away from that idea, officials said Tuesday.

Don’t ask, don’t tell – terrorism and the nuclear threat
Novermber 27, 2015
The Hill Congress Blog

An Op-Ed by PSR-LA Board Member, Dr. Bob Dodge: Yet with the threat posed by the existence of nuclear weapons and materials, there has been no questioning of or statements by our presidential contenders on how to address and eliminate this threat to all of humanity.

LA’s Nuclear Secret: Camp Coverup
Novermber 10, 2015
NBC Los Angeles

Tens of thousands of children who attended a popular camp in the hills northwest of Los Angeles over the last 65 years may have been exposed to radioactive waste and toxic chemicals from a former nuclear and rocket testing facility right next door, the Santa Susana Field Lab, according to documents and scientific studies obtained by the NBC4 I-Team.

Gov. Brown Signs California Climate Change Bills
October 13, 2015
CelebCafe

The law, signed Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown, accelerates California’s shift away from fossil fuels as its dominant source of energy and marks another milestone in the state’s fight against climate change.

California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Landmark Climate Legislation
October 8, 2015
Sierra Sun Times

Moving boldly to combat climate change and curb toxic carbon pollution, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed landmark legislation – SB 350 by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) – that establishes world-leading energy efficiency and renewable energy goals for California.

California’s 50% Renewable Energy Target Signed into Law
October 8, 2015
Energy Matters

California’s Governor, Edmund G. Brown Jr., signed legislation earlier today committing the state to generating half of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

Governor Brown Signs Landmark Climate Legislation
October 7, 2015
Press Release from the Office of the Governor

“We are extremely happy that Governor Brown is signing SB 350, and grateful for Senator Kevin De Leon’s leadership,” said Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles (PSR-LA) Executive Director Martha Dina Argüello. “PSR-LA is committed to continuing to work with the Governor, the Legislature, and the California Air Resources Board to make sure SB 350 is fully implemented. By increasing renewable energy production and energy efficiency in buildings we can reduce the terrible health burdens caused by our use of dirty energy and fuels.”

Governor Brown Signs Landmark Climate Legislation
October 7, 2015
Imperial Valley News

Moving boldly to combat climate change and curb toxic carbon pollution, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed landmark legislation – SB 350 by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) – that establishes world-leading energy efficiency and renewable energy goals for California.

LA’s Nuclear Secret: Part 2
September 23, 2015
NBC Los Angeles

PSR-LA Board Member Dr. Bob Dodge was featured in “L.A.’s Nuclear Secret,” a yearlong investigation by NBC4 of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. The investigation focused on the contamination at SSFL, a site of partial nuclear meltdown in 1959 and other nuclear and chemical accidents, spills, and releases.

LA’s Nuclear Secret: Part 1
September 21, 2015
NBC Los Angeles

“Radiation doesn’t know any boundaries,” said Dr. Robert Dodge, a national board member of the Nobel Prize-winning nonprofit Physicians for Social Responsibility, which studies the health effects of radiation.

Overwhelming Majority of California Latino Voters Want Climate Action Now
August 20, 2015
eNews Park Forest

81 percent support state measures to combat climate change

Hiroshima/Nagasaki Victims Remembered at Koyasan Service
August 20, 2015
Rafu Shimpo: Los Angeles Japanese Daily News

The atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 70 years ago was commemorated Aug. 2 at Koyasan Buddhist Temple in Little Tokyo.

The Atomic Bomb at 70: Can Nukes be Nuked?
August 9, 2015
EnviroReporter.com

Survivors, activists gather in Santa Monica to mark 70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings

A clear and present danger
August 6, 2015
The Hill Congress Blog

On this 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki the world remembers the horrific effects and power of the atomic explosions.

Vigil Held Hiroshima-Nagasaki Anniversary
August 6, 2015
Canyon News

A vigil in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings was held on Wednesday, August 5 at the “Chain Reaction” peace sculpture in the 1800 block of Main Street, Santa Monica.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki: 70 Years After America Engaged in Mass Murder
August 6, 2015
Uprising Radio

Audio segment on Uprising with Somali featuring Dr. Jimmy Hara on the 70th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Hiroshima/Nagasaki Anniversary to be Observed in Santa Monica
August 5, 2015
Rafu Shimpo: Los Angeles Japanese Daily News

“Never Again,” a vigil to remember the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 4 p.m. sharp (please arrive early) at the “Chain Reaction” peace sculpture on the 1800 block of Main Street at the Santa Monica Civic Center.

Nuclear War’s Unlearned Lessons
August 1, 2015
Consortium News

The upcoming 70th anniversary of the U.S. nuclear destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is a fitting moment for the world to contemplate the dangers from the continuation of nuclear arsenals and the cavalier attitude that many countries take toward geopolitical crises. An op-ed by PSR-LA Board Member Dr. Bob Dodge

Dr. Robert Dodge: Our nuclear world at 70, and our individual and collective responsibility
August 1, 2015
Ventura County Star

This week, the world remembers events of 70 years ago — events that killed instantly more than 100,000 human beings as the U.S. dropped the first atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, on Aug. 6 and 9, respectively.

Outside panel will oversee California’s troubled toxic waste regulator
June 26, 2015
LA Times

The budget signed this week by Gov. Jerry Brown establishes an independent panel to oversee the California Department of Toxic Substances Control after a series of shortcomings in its regulation of hazardous waste operations and cleanups across the state.

International ban on nuclear weapons emerges
June 6, 2015
Ventura County Star

Every moment of every day, all of humanity is held hostage by the nuclear nine. An op-ed by PSR-LA Board Member Dr. Bob Dodge

Drifting toward nuclear irrelevance
June 2, 2015
The Hill Congress Blog

The nuclear powers consisting of the P5 members of the U.N. Security Council led by the United States and the nations of Israel, North Korea, India and Pakistan are drifting toward irrelevance in the legally mandated global effort to abolish nuclear weapons. An op-ed by PSR-LA Board Member Dr. Bob Dodge.

Peace Voice – A Nuclear Weapons Ban Emerging
May 27, 2015
South Coast Today

Every moment of every day, all of humanity is held hostage by the nuclear nine. An op-ed by PSR-LA Board Member Dr. Bob Dodge

Groups File Lawsuit Calling for Federal Government Action on Soot Pollution
May 21, 2015
eNews Park Forest

Angela Johnson Meszaros, general counsel with Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles, issued the following statement: “Our members are deeply concerned about the ongoing failure of the EPA to act on this plan. The gravity of the health crises caused by exposure to particulate matter is real and requires immediate action.

Environmental groups sue to reduce soot… eventually
May 20, 2015
KPCC 89.3

Environmental groups have sued the EPA for failing to meet a deadline to decide whether to approve a soot-reduction plan by local air regulators

Nuclear Weapons Free World Rally Takes Place in Santa Monica At Chain Reaction
April 27, 2015
Santa Monica Mirror

In Southern California, the Global Wave took place at Chain Reaction, Paul Conrad’s historic peace sculpture in Santa Monica. Chain Reaction is a 26-foot-tall sculpture depicting a nuclear mushroom cloud created from chain links.

“Wave” to Focus on Santa Monica’s ‘Chain Reaction’
April 16, 2015
Santa Monica Lookout

The Global Wave anti-nuclear proliferation rally will take place April 27, 2015 at the “Chain Reaction” sculpture in Santa Monica.

Jordan Downs: Toxic Cleanups Underway, but Many Fear It’s Too Little, Too Late
April 16, 2015
Truthout

“Any elevated levels of lead should have set the alarm bells ringing, said Monika Shankar, health and environment associate at Physicians for Social Responsibility.”

Local Democrats wield ‘environmental justice’ to fight Republican bills
April 16, 2015
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

“Angela Johnson Meszaros, counsel for Physicians for Social Responsibility in Los Angeles, said African-American children are 200 percent more likely to have asthma than Latinos, and 500 percent more likely than Asian children.”

Robert Dodge: Taxes, sanity and the end of the Nuclear Age
April 11, 2015
Ventura County Star

Op-Ed on anti-nuclear proliferation in the Ventura County Star written by PSR-LA Board Member, Dr. Robert Dodge.

Three minutes to midnight: A prescription for survival
January 28, 2015
The Hill Congress Blog
The Herald Independent

PSR-LA Board Member Dr. Robert Dodge on what the latest Doomsday Clock says about the risks posed by climate change and nuclear weapons

Oil Company Drops Plan to Expand Drilling to South L.A.
January 16, 2015
Los Angeles Business Journal

“Freeport McMoran’s application withdrawal should not delay their day of reckoning with residents,” said Angela Johnson Meszaros, general counsel with Physicians for Social Responsibility in Los Angeles. “The city now has a duty to review Freeport’s operations, to hold the company accountable and to impose new conditions that will protect residents.”

Boeing’s Santa Susana Field Lab demolition plans delayed
January 15, 2015
Los Angeles Daily News

A Sacramento judge rules in favor of Consumer Watchdog and several other advocacy groups, including PSR-LA, preventing the demolition and disposal of old buildings at SSFL without state regulation.

Sacramento Judge Rejects Boeing’s Bid to Demolish and Dispose of Radioactive Waste Without Accountability
January 12, 2015
Press Release, Consumer Watchdog

Sacramento Superior Court has denied Boeing’s motion for summary judgement in CEQA lawsuit over the demolition and disposal of radioactive contamination at the Santa Susana Field Lab.

Robert F Dodge: Recommit to ending nuclear weapons in 2015
January 04, 2015
The Cap Times

Column written by PSR-LA Board Member Dr. Robert Dodge

Luck is not a security policy
December 13, 2014
The Herald Independent

Column written by PSR-LA Board Member Dr. Robert Dodge

Addressing South LA’s Slum Housing and Indoor Air Pollution
December 9, 2014
KCET

This is part of a series exploring environmental and health issues in South Los Angeles, produced in partnership with the California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities initiative

‘Routine’ planning hearing raises questions about LA’s oversight on oil drilling
November 24, 2014
KPCC

“The purpose of a city, the primary purpose of a city, is to ensure that its residents are safe,” says Angela Johnson Meszaros, a lawyer with Physicians for Social Responsibility, who is working with the drill site’s neighborhood groups.

CA Smog Plan Approved by State & EPA Isn’t Tough Enough: Lawsuit
November 5, 2014
Green Car Reports

PSR-LA joins health and environmental groups in lawsuit filed against the EPA for failure to produce plans to meet the Clean Air Act’s one-hour and eight-hour ozone standards in the South Coast Air Basin

Groups sue EPA over smog in air basin
November 1, 2014
KPCC

“…persistent high levels of ozone in the region led four health and environmental groups to file a lawsuit on Friday against the U.S. EPA for failing to take stronger steps to reduce the pollution.”

Four groups sue EPA, say clean-air plan for California is flawed
October 31, 2014
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune

“The Sierra Club, Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) petitioned the court to reject the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of the plan and mandate that local, state and federal environmental agencies start over.”

Health and Environmental Groups File Lawsuit to Fight Filthy Air in Los Angeles
October 31, 2014
Press Release, Earth Justice

“For decades, Los Angeles has been choked with smog,” said Martha Arguello, executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles. “My physician members are tired of seeing patients suffer due to overwhelming pollution levels.”

Environmental groups sue over smog cleanup plan
October 31, 2014
The Press Enterprise

Environmental and health groups file federal lawsuit in pursuit of aggressive strategy for alleviating air pollution issues in Southern California.

Fight for Cleaner LA Air Reaches 9th Circuit
October 22, 2014
Courthouse News Service

Environmental and health groups file federal lawsuit in pursuit of aggressive strategy for alleviating air pollution issues in Southern California.

EPA Gives SoCal’s Filthy Air a Pass, Greens Say
October 20, 2014
Courthouse News Service

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is endangering public health by failing to declare the Los Angeles-South Coast Air Basin and San Joaquin Valley in violation of particulate matter air pollution standards…”

How Hospitals Can Become ‘Upstreamists’
October 20, 2014
HealthLeaders Media

“Leveraging existing resources and strengthening relationships with community-based organizations can lead to ‘huge ROI’ for hospitals, says public health innovator, Rishi Manchanda, MD.”

Counties Vie for ‘Disadvantaged’ Cap-and-Trade Bucks
October 16, 2014
CalWatchdog

“Monika Shankar, representing Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles, argued for ‘a ranking system to prioritize investments in communities with the greatest needs. For example, many of the census tracts in the top 5 percent score markedly worse than the next set of census tracts in the top 6 to 25 percent. And we need to be cognizant of that.’”

A last remaining survivor recalls field lab’s nuclear meltdown
October 16, 2014
The Acorn

John Pace speaks at Santa Susana Field Laboratory Work Group meeting about his experience during meltdown at SSFL.

California: A terrible place to breathe
September 28 2014
The San Francisco Examiner

EarthJustice’s Elizabeth Forsyth on the EPA’s failure to enforce the Clean Air Act in California

Must make connection between peace and the planet
September 23, 2014
The Cap Times

Guest op-ed by PSR-LA Board Member, Dr. Robert Dodge.

Santa Susana ruling favors Boeing a second time in Simi Valley nuclear test site cleanup standards
September 19, 2014
Los Angeles Daily News

“The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling that said state law could not make Boeing responsible for decontaminating its portion of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory to standards stricter than national cleanup guidelines.”

Tests find acceptable lead levels in Jordan Downs soil, regulators say
September 18, 2014
The Los Angeles Times

“Martha Dina Argüello, executive director of the advocacy group Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles, said she is reviewing the findings and sharing them with outside experts to make sure they are protective of residents.”

The purpose of the Peoples Climate March
September 18, 2014
NewsTimes

Op-Ed by PSR-LA Board Member, Dr. Robert Dodge.

Court Decision Has No Impact on Meltdown Site Cleanup – DOE and NASA Santa Susana Cleanup Agreements Untouched
Press Release, Rocketdyne Cleanup Coalition
Appellate Decision in old Boeing lawsuit has no impact on meltdown site cleanup. Department of Energy and NASA Santa Susana cleanup agreements untouched.

Making Health Happen in South L.A.
August 22, 2014
KCET

PSR-LA, along with Black Women for Wellness, Los Angeles Community Action Network, Esparanza Community Housing Corporation, and Strategic Actions for a Just Economy organize conference addressing healthy issues facing South Los Angeles

Mobile Mapping Technology Helps Build Stronger and Healthier Communities in Los Angeles
August 21, 2014
KCET

This is part of a series exploring the opportunities and challenges of using mobile technologies to engage and organize communities, produced in partnership with the California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Initiatives

South L.A. Residents Face Staggering Environmental Health and Justice Problems
August 18, 2014
KCET

This is part of a series exploring environmental and health issues in South Los Angeles, produced in partnership with the California Endowment.

Remembering Hiroshima: Nuclear abolition and the will of the people
August 7, 2014
The Hill Blog

Op-Ed by PSR-LA Board Member, Dr. Robert Dodge, and Al Jubitz

Enviros sue EPA, accuse agency of resetting deadlines for soot curbs
August 1, 2014
Environment & Energy Publishing

Environmental groups ask federal court to review EPA rule allowing new deadline for state plans to reduce particulate matter

Take a deep breath – you may not like what’s up in the air
July 15, 2014
USC News

In Los Angeles and Orange counties in the past year, the oil industry has used more than 45 million pounds of toxic air pollutants as part of its 477 hydraulic fracturing (fracking), acidizing and oil extraction operations.

Groups React to Bill to Exempt Oil Industry from AB32
July 10, 2014
GlobeNewsWire

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Decades-Long Toxic Waste Cleanup Efforts Inadequate, Residents Say
Jun 19, 2014
NBC Los Angeles

“A decades-long debate over toxic waste near Simi Valley continued as residents met Wednesday night to address what they feel are inadequate cleanup efforts.”

Report: Oil Companies Knowingly Dump Toxins in Southern California
June 16, 2014
MintPress News

Coverage of Center for Biological Diversity report documenting the release of toxic chemicals from oil and gas extraction in Southern California.

Santa Susana toxic cleanup effort is a mess
June 13, 2014
LA Times

“Any way you cut it, the situation at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory site outside Simi Valley is a mess.”

Analysis: Oil Companies Used 45 Million Pounds of Air Toxic Chemicals in Los Angeles Area Over Past Year
June 11, 2014
Press Release, Center for Biological Diversity

Report is released by CBD documenting air toxic chemicals used in oil and gas extraction sites in the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

44 toxic chemicals used in local oil and gas operations, report says
June 11, 2014
KPCC

KPCC covers the Center for Biological Diversity report documenting the release of toxic chemicals from oil and gas extraction in Southern California.

Group says Boeing influenced state to weaken field lab cleanup
June 5, 2014
Ventura County Star

Coverage of Santa Susana Field Laboratory Working Group

Advocates call for tougher leader at California Department of Toxic Substances Control
June 5, 2014
LA Daily News

Santa Monica-based advocacy group calls on Governor Jerry Brown to appoint new director of DTSC

California state senate says Charge Ahead for more EVs
June 3, 2014
AutoBlog

California Senate passes Charge Ahead California Initiative (SB 1275) endorsed by many groups including PSR-LA

EPA – we demand oil and gas well pollution limits!
May 16, 2014
The Ecologist

“Sixty-four environmental and community groups have filed a petition to the EPA demanding federal limits on toxic air pollution from oil and gas wells which threaten the health of 150 million Americans.”

David vs. Goliath: The Nuclear Zero Lawsuits
April 26, 2014
OpEdNews

“This past Thursday, April 24th, historic lawsuits were filed against the U.S. and the 8 other Nuclear Weapons States (NWS) of the world to meet their treaty obligations to disarm by the courageous tiny island nation Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Guiding Los Angeles Toward a Healthy Future
April 18, 2014
KCET

This is part of a series exploring environmental and health issues in South Los Angeles, produced in partnership with the California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities initiative

Toxic Avengers
April 16, 2014
Pasadena Weekly

“So far the feedback has been tremendous, because the Toxies really are a fun way to learn,” laughed Duffield, who serves as the PSR-LA associate director when she’s not drawing stares in her role as Perchlorate.

Fire Safety & Health Groups Defend Improved Furniture Flammability Standard
April 15, 2014
eNews Park Forest

Revised furniture flammability regulations allow furniture manufacturers to reduce dependence on toxic flame retardant chemcials

Toxies play starring role in San Gabriel Valley
April 4, 2014
EnviroReporter

Community groundwater meeting crashed by Perchlorate, Trichloroethylene, and Perchloroethylene.

Budgets as moral documents, nuclear weapons and the fate of life
April 4, 2014
Las Vegas Informer

An op-ed penned by PSR-LA Board Member, Dr. Robert Dodge

The Trillion Dollar Road to Armageddon with Nuclear Weapons
March 28, 2014
Las Vegas Informer

Op-Ed written by Ira Helfand and PSR-LA Board Member Dr. Robert Dodge.

High Stakes for Hot Property
March 6, 2014
EnviroReporter

“Overflow crowd attends revived SSFL Work Group meeting in Simi Valley demanding answers about lab cleanup.”

LA City Council takes step toward fracking ban
February 28, 2014
Los Angeles Times

“Such ‘extreme extraction methods’ use chemicals that can harm the skin, eyes and respiratory system and cause cancer, said Angela Johnson Meszaros, general counsel for Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles.”

Santa Susana Field Laboratory Work Group reorganizes
February 3, 2014
Ventura County Star

Previously disbanded community group returns to continue work surrounding the cleanup of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory

Santa Susana cleanup efforts to be discussed on Wednesday
February 3, 2014
LA Daily News

Previously disbanded community group returns to continue work surrounding the cleanup of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory

Community still seeking resolution in Rocketdyne cleanup case
February 2, 2014
The Acorn

Speakers, experts from DTSC, DOE, NASA, the EPA, and the LA Regional Water Quality Control Board attend community meeting to discuss latest cleanup efforts.

Feds Hear Concerns From Angelenos Over Chemical Facility Risks
January 10, 2014
CBS Los Angeles

“Southeast Los Angeles, where my family lives, is one with the highest number of facilities that store or use highly flammable and toxic chemicals,” Argüello said. “Just like fire prevention, we need chemical disaster prevention, and that’s done by moving into those facilities and engineering the danger out of those jobs.”