Friday, December 14, 2007

Nuclear Power Plants and Childhood Lukemia

Sternglass, Gofman and others pointed this out regarding USA nuclear plants back in the 1970s, following on similar observations of health-hazards downwind from nuclear bomb testing sites during the 1950s and 60s.  Those findings were part of the reason for a widespread abandonment of plans by utilities for more nuclear plants.  This is something to remember regarding the nuclear plants still working, and the current push to build more of them.

We still have a few copies of books on these subjects, including "Deadly Deceit: Low-Level Radiation, High-Level Cover-Up" by Jay Gould, which gathers much of this evidence from prior years.  At this page:

While it is not widely know, normal operating nuclear power plants emit a wide variety of radioactive particles and gasses, through the vent stacks into the open air where it spreads around the countryside, and also into their cooling waters.  Times when fuel-rods are changed are especially dirty in this respect, and one does not need to have a reactor accident to cause such emissions.  J.D.


Scientists say children living near nuclear power plants have a higher risk of cancer
Child Health News
Published: Monday, 10-Dec-2007

Scientists in Germany say young children living near nuclear power plants have a significantly higher risk of developing leukemia and other forms of cancer.

According to reports a study by researchers at the University of Mainz has found a connection between the distance between a child's home and the nearest nuclear power plant and the risk of developing cancer, such as leukemia, before their fifth birthday.

The study was conducted at the request of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BFS) in regions near 21 reactors or former reactors.

In those areas, 77 cases of cancer were found among children under five and 37 children living within a 5-kilometer (3-mile) radius of nuclear power plants had developed leukemia between 1980 and 2003; a 60-percent increase over the national average of 17.

The risk was apparently 117 percent higher when only leukemia was considered.

The report suggests other radiation experts believe the study understates the issue and say there is an increased cancer risk for children living within 50 kilometers of a reactor.

The German Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel is said to be looking closely at the study but Germany already has plans to prematurely shut down all of its nuclear power plants by the early 2020s.

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