[ RadSafe ] Busby's Fallujah paper -- a critique Thank you some details

parthasarathy k s ksparth at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Oct 25 22:54:05 CDT 2011

Dear Steven,

Here is the article by a well known nuclear critic:http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=206773

It contains many inaccurate statements.

He refers to a study on childhood leukemia rates around 136 nuclear facilities. It was a meta-analysis of similar work done all over the world. I did not see anywhere Bidwai's conclusion. I  have a suspicion that he uncritically copied the views of another nuclear critic working with a US "thinktank". I am yet to confirm it.

I am trying to get a rejoinder published in the same paper.



From: Steven Dapra <sjd at swcp.com>
To: parthasarathy k s <ksparth at yahoo.co.uk>; The International Radiation Protection (Health Physics) Mailing List <radsafe at agni.phys.iit.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, 26 October 2011, 7:43
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] Busby's Fallujah paper -- a critique  Thank you

Oct. 25

        You're welcome.

        I don't know if there's much that can be done.  It seems that virtually all of the popular press has solidly aligned itself with the anti-nuclear claque.  Did the journalist you mention below merely misinterpret the biostaticians' article, or did he deliberately twist it around?

Steven Dapra

At 02:38 AM 10/24/2011, you wrote:
> Dear Steven,
> Thank you for the trouble taken to prepare this note. What else can be done to counteract "activist scientists" who have their own agenda?
> To the best of my knowledge, Busby's paper has not yet reached the Indian scene. The day may not be far off. We are currently facing  serious public protests against the first Generation 3 + reactor about to be commissioned in one of the southern States of India.
> One of the journalists have already misinterpreted an article by two biostatisticians to show that nuclear reactors cause "abnormally high rates of leukemia among children, and higher incidence of cancers, congenital deformities, and immunity and organ damage"!
> Regards
> Parthasarathy
> ________________________________
> From: Steven Dapra <sjd at swcp.com>
> To: radsafe at agni.phys.iit.edu
> Sent: Monday, 24 October 2011, 8:13
> Subject: [ RadSafe ] Busby's Fallujah paper -- a critique
> Oct. 23, 2011
>     In the preceding week or two, Chris Busby has delivered several exhortations that critics of his co-authored paper "Uranium and other contaminants in hair from the parents of children with congenital anomalies in Fallujah, Iraq" should "read the paper."
>     I have read most of the paper, not all of it, and have done Busby one better.  I have read some of the source material he cited and am ready to present a critique of the paper.


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