The world has anxiously watched the events in Japan unfolding this past two weeks after the horrific earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster. The feelings are magnified out of a sense of helplessness in aiding the victims in Japan mixed with concerns for potential effects and implications to our own health and communities. In assessing the devastating effects of natural disasters, we must pause as we consider the potential for catastrophic effects of man made disasters, specifically from nuclear power plants.
Going the distance to make sure the medical voice is heard during historic opportunities for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, Dr. Bob Dodge and Dr. Tova Fuller have participated as delegates to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference taking place in New York this month.
Take a look at the letter from PSR-LA Peace and Security Ambassador, Dr. Bill Perkins, to the NY Times, published on March 6th. In response to “New Think and Old Weapons,” Dr. Perkins calls upon lessons from three decades of PSR leadership to discuss the opportunities presented if a limited purpose of deterrence is adhered to in the nuclear posture review.
PSR-LA Ambassadors Natalia Kovteva, Stephen Coles MD, Margaret Wacker MD, and PSR-LA Associate Director Denise Duffield attended the seminar “Emergency Preparedness for a Radiological or Nuclear Incident” on January 21, 2010.
On October 26, 2009, PSR-LA Board Member, Peace and Security Ambassador, and Student PSR Representative Tova Fuller delivered the following speech during the International Youth Dialogue on Nuclear Disarmament.