[ RadSafe ] Childhood Leukemia and proximity to nuclear power plants health effects due to uranium mining
parthasarathy k s
ksparth at yahoo.co.uk
Sat Oct 3 20:35:57 CDT 2009
I recall that there was a study based on cancer incidence around all nuclear power stations in USA. The study used cancer incidence data collected from the health departments.
A few years ago the US Plowshare Fund gave $20,000 to an NGO in India to carry out health survey around the villages around a uranium mine. The study "revealed" excesses of a variety of ailments by cherry picking the data. They could not publish the data in any journal. Ploughshare agency also never wanted to have a survey of such a standard. But the findings were used in popular dailies through press conferences. These articles also contained gruesome pictures of retarded children etc. My correspondence with the Ploughshare Fund was disappointing.In effect, the agency justified the study saying that the Indian NGO is expected to maintain scientific standards etc!The Agency refused to part with the full details of the study after dillydallying for several months. The Indian NGO continues to present their "findings" at colleges etc.
The funds ($20,000) given by Ploughshare to the Indian NGO may be peanuts as per US standards, but sufficient to create enough damage. Rs 46 (= $1) can be used to achieve a lot more in in India than in USA. I was shocked to see that agencies such as the Ploughshare Funds is not transparent in their dealings. Its aim was nonproliferation. I have no objection to that. It appears that they will be liberal in funding any group
In light of many claims by NGOs several surveys were done earlier. None of them indicated any adverse health impact due to uranium mining. The issue went upto the Supreme Court of India (the highest judicial forum) through a Public Interest Litigation. The Court had didsmissed the petition indicating that it has no merit. All this happened many months before the Indian NGO with financial support from the Ploughshare Funds initiated the disinformation campaign.
From: Maury Siskel <maurysis at peoplepc.com>
To: Steven Dapra <sjd at swcp.com>
Cc: radsafe at radlab.nl
Sent: Sunday, 4 October, 2009 2:37:40
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] Childhood Leukemia and proximity to nuclear power plants
Thank you for posting the Jablon et al abstract and reference. It is easy to tire of the seeming endless studies of cell phone cancers and NPP cancers, but these replications/repetitions surely are intrinsic functions of well done science. It is pleasant to have the periodic reassurances and to watch reasonable applications of science -- quite a contrast with some of our other shenanigans. <g>
Maury&Dog (Maury Siskel maurysis at peoplepc.com).
Steven Dapra wrote:
> Oct. 3
> See "Cancer in Populations Living Near Nuclear Facilities A Survey of Mortality Nationwide and Incidence in Two States,"
> by: Seymour Jablon, MA; Zdenek Hrubec, ScD; John D. Boice, Jr, ScD. JAMA. 1991;265(11):1403-1408.
> This link is to the abstract. http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/265/11/1403
> The Jablon et al. review covers only reactors and DOE installations.
> Steven Dapra
> At 01:57 PM 10/3/2009, Maury Siskel wrote:
>> Was there not serious examinations years ago of incidence clusters in the context of possible public health effects of nuclear power plants, high voltage power lines, alternating current household wiring, and so on?
>> I apologize for not having checked yet, but I believe large numbers of these references are in the Radsafe archives. To the best of my recollection, statistically significant incidence of health problem clusters were not found .
>> Steven Dapra wrote:
>>> Oct. 3
>>> Has anyone read this paper, and is this the proper citation?
>>> EHP doesn't seem to have issues that combine months. Is this a supplement to EHP?
>>> Steven Dapra
>>> At 07:17 AM 10/1/2009, Bjorn Cedervall wrote:
>>>> Just FYI:
>>>> Articles relating to professor Nussbaum=2C Mangano and others in "Environme=
>>>> ntal Health Perspectives" ("Childhood leukemia and Proximity to Nuclear Pow=
>>>> er Plants"=2C September-October issue=2C Vol. 117:A437 + one more paper)
>>>> Suggested reading includes C. Busby=2C J. Mangano.... and others.
>>>> My personal initiative only
>>>> Bjorn Cedervall bcradsafers at hotmail.com
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