PSR-LA extends our deepest sympathy to the people of Japan. As physicians and public health professionals, we are deeply concerned about the threat this nuclear disaster poses to public health and the environment on a local and global scale.
Operation “Golden Phoenix” is Los Angeles County’s next preparedness drill intended to simulate a nuclear incident in LA area. The exercise, planned for summer 2010, will include a medical preparedness session in the lead-up to larger campaign.
Los Angeles-based filmmaker Michael Rose describes how the nuclear power industry’s PR efforts are adding to the recent rise in support for nuclear power as a solution to climate change. PSR-LA’s long-held responsibility lies in making sure the public does not forget the horrific medical consequences that nuclear technology can cause.
For years, PSR-LA worked to ensure the cleanup of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL), the site of rocket engine tests, nuclear energy research and a partial nuclear meltdown in 1959. Extensive chemical and radioactive contamination exists across the site in soil, groundwater, and surface water.