Health Risks of Nuclear Power and Testing

Posted by Trish Riley, December 31, 2009

Living on Earth, NPR, talks with Joe Mangano of Radiation and Public Health about radiation from Nuclear Power Plants. I did a story on children with cancer living in the shadow of a nuclear power plant for E Magazine in 2004.

“We found that close to nuclear plants the levels of strontium-90 are considerable higher than areas far away. Number two, we found that levels are going up – since the late 1980s they've gone up about 50 percent, as nuclear plants get older, and are corroding more, and emitting more radiation. And number three, we found the link with childhood cancer. We found that in counties closest to nuclear plants in New York and New Jersey, when strontium-90 in teeth went up, childhood cancer went up; when strontium-90 went down, childhood cancer went down.”

via Living on Earth: October 23, 2009.