Check out CNN’s Opinion article written by PSR national’s past president, Ira Helfand, bringing to light the great danger of the thousands of nuclear weapons already in existence.
In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for an America “built to last” and relying on clean energy. He spoke powerfully against oil subsidies that have propped up that industry for a century. Yet he has consistently supported federal loan guarantees for the nuclear industry.
The National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) yesterday unanimously recommended that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prevent chemical disasters by using unused authority in the Clean Air Act.
In time to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Physicians for Social Responsibility has released a new briefing book, Lessons from Fukushima and Chernobyl for Public Health. This publication serves as a public resource, providing information about the health dangers created by nuclear power accidents.
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.