[ RadSafe ] BEIR 7 Report ( + question on Wing report on LANL )

Franta, Jaroslav frantaj at aecl.ca
Mon Oct 17 10:57:28 CDT 2005

As an interesting aside, it appears that even BEIR 7 didn't support the
claims by Wing & his ilk.....

Steve Wing, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, School of
Public Health, University of North Carolina
Statement to the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment of the Committee on
Science, United States House of Representatives, July 18, 2000


My testimony will make three points: current cancer risk estimates are too
low by a factor of ten or more;  current standards do not adequately protect
workers and the public;  and, a large and growing body of scientific
evidence shows that there is no basis for further relaxation of radiation
protection standards.

Incidentally, would someone please provide comments on Steve Wing's report
on LANL, that supposedly shows an "....unexplained presence at LANL of
pu-238 four to twenty times the estimates from DOE.... and higher than
backgound levels of pu in autopsies of citizens who never worked at LANL."

The review at this URL doesn't actually provide details of these claims :

New Mexico's Right to Know: The Impacts of LANL Operations on Public Health
and the Environment

III: A Review of Occupational Health Studies at Los Alamos National
Laboratory, by Steve Wing, Ph.D., and David Richardson, Ph.D., with the
Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of North

Wing and Richardson provide a critical review of occupational health studies
conducted at LANL. In the review, the authors discuss the weaknesses and
strengths of the studies and their capacity to address health concerns of
workers and the public. They consider which employees have been included or
excluded from the occupational health studies. Building on this evaluation,
the authors summarize the results of LANL worker studies. Next, they
interpret the LANL studies in the context of studies of workers at other
nuclear facilities and other types of research into the biological effects
of ionizing radiation. They conclude with a discussion of the meaning of the
studies for people with health concerns and make suggestions for protection
of occupational and public health.

Thanks very much.

Jaro Franta, P.Eng.
Tel.: (514) 875-3444
Montréal, Québec 
frantaj at aecl.ca
web master, CNS-Québec web site



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