You are here: Home / The Blue Ribbon Commission / Sample Letters to Blue Ribbon Commission

Sample Letters to Blue Ribbon Commission

“Both nuclear reactors and uranium enrichment facilities must be carefully decommissioned using processes that are occupationally dangerous, and hazardous to the natural environment, expensive, and time-intensive.” -- Benjamin K. Sovacool, 2009 Nautilus Award Winner, “The Dirty Energy Dilemma”


“Deadly radioactive waste persists from every stage of the cycle, from mining to the final deadly and highly radioactive waste.  No country on Earth has yet found a proved method to safely store radioactive waste for the thousands of years required.  All of us are aware that mass quantities of the waste generated and stored on site may soon be transported across the U.S., and that it may pass dangerously close to many population centers.  For the safety of our children, future generations and our precious environment, we are obligated to deny production of more toxic nuclear waste and to put our resources into clean and renewable energy.– Dr. Lewis Patrie, Chair, WNC Physicians for Social Responsibility


“The West Valley, New York reprocessing plant near Buffalo operated for only six years (from 1966 to 1972), but caused so much radioactive contamination of the surrounding environment that it will cost $5.2 billion in Year 1996 dollars ($6.8 billion in Year 2007 dollars) to clean up.  If not cleaned up, the radioactive contamination on-site will erode into adjacent waterways and flow downstream into Lake Erie and Lake Ontario over the next millennium. During its operations, West Valley had among the highest worker exposures, and worst water contamination, in the U.S. nuclear power industry.  West Valley suffered so many accidents (including fires), technical glitches and failures that only one year’s worth of projected reprocessing “throughput” was accomplished in six years of operations.” –Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear


“Exposure to certain high levels of radiation, such as that from high-level radioactive waste, can even cause death. Radiation exposure can also cause cancer, birth defects, and other abnormalities, depending on the time of exposure, amount of radiation, and the decay mechanism. High-level radioactive waste from nuclear reactors can be hazardous for thousands of years.”--  Susan M. Jablonski, Low-Level Radioactive Waste Specialist

Mission Statement

PREVENTING WHAT WE CANNOT CURE: Physicians for Social Responsibility is the medical and public health voice working to prevent the use or spread of nuclear weapons and to slow, stop and reverse global warming and the toxic degradation of the environment.