NRC to study cancer risks near six nuclear power sites

The Los Angeles Times reported last Wednesday:

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced plans Tuesday to launch a pilot epidemiological study of cancer risks near six nuclear power plants, including San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in north San Diego County.

The new study is based on data suggesting that it does not take an accident to put people at risk if they live near a nuclear power plant:

The commission is acting out of growing concern that using uranium to produce electricity may be dangerous even without accidents at nuclear plants. In addition, recent epidemiological studies in Germany and France suggest that the children living near nuclear reactors are twice as likely to develop leukemia.

Several news sources report that the number of sites to be studied is seven rather than six. But, if the studies find an increased incidence of cancer, the NRC may look at all U.S. nuclear plants:

The U.S. study will be conducted by the National Academy of Sciences, which will also help the commission determine whether to extend the study to all 65 U.S. nuclear power plants and certain nuclear fuel sites.

Here’s a link: http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-73014700/

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About Robert Singleton

By day, I work for a call center. In my spare time, I try to save my hometown (and planet) from a nearly constant onslaught of greedheads, lunatics and land developers. I live in a fictional town called Austin, Texas, where I go to way too many meetings.
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