Nuclear Power

Nuclear Power Is Not a Safe Alternative to Fossil Fuels

Nuclear weapons aren’t the only nuclear threat to public health. Nuclear power is dangerous to human health, and it is not a source of safe or clean energy. For decades, PSR health professionals have drawn attention to the health impacts of nuclear power and nuclear power plants, including the dangers to nearby communities. The climate crisis is a health emergency, and fossil fuels are a major contributor to climate change.

As leaders seek alternative sources of energy, some are pointing to nuclear power as a feasible alternative to oil and gas and dirty fossil fuels. Unfortunately, nuclear power is just as dirty and unsafe, as research by PSR and other partner organizations has shown.

Local Chapter Work

Some PSR chapters continue to do vital work regarding nuclear power at the local and state levels.

PSR Chapters working on nuclear power issues:

PSR Wisconsin: Point Beach

Western North Carolina PSR: Nuclear Power

PSR-Los Angeles: Nuclear Threats

Oregon PSR: Nuclear Power

San Francisco Bay Area PSR: Nuclear Weapons Abolition

Washington PSR: Hanford


Costs and Consequences of the Fukushima Daiichi Disaster

October 2012

The destruction of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in March 2011, caused by an earthquake and subsequent tsunami, resulted in massive radioactive contamination of the Japanese mainland.

Latest Nuclear Power News & Actions

Advocates remain skeptical after state announces final cleanup plan for Santa Susana Field Lab

NBC Los Angeles “To understand the health effects, think cancer, birth defects, developmental disorders, and learning disabilities,” said Robert Dodge, from Physicians for Social Responsibility.

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Health Experts Continue to Condemn Holtec’s Wastewater Plan

Article in The Examiner News quoting PSR New York President Dr. Kathy Nolan.

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Indian Point Owner Plans to Dump Radioactive Water into Hudson River

Article in The Larchmont Loop quoting PSR New York’s Kathy Nolan, MD.

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Uranium Mine Gears Up Near Grand Canyon National Park

EarthJustice press release quoting David Spence, MD, board president of PSR Arizona.

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