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Nuclink: Journal of Current Radiation and Public Health Issues

Volume 10, Number 2
May 7, 2010

Published by RPHP
PO Box 260 Unionville, NY 10988
Editor: Joseph Mangano
http://www.radiation.org

This newsletter covers the period January-April 2010

TESTIMONY AT PUBLIC HEARINGS IN NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY
On February 24, RPHP submitted testimony to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection that the proposal to mandate cooling towers at the Oyster Creek nuclear reactor would save fish, but do nothing to reduce human health risk. On April 22, RPHP submitted testimony to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s annual review of the Indian Point reactors in New York that recent findings on very high local rates of thyroid cancer and newborn hypothyroidism suggest the reactors are harming local residents.

THYROID CANCER PRESS EVENT IN PHILADELPHIA DRAWS COVERAGE
On January 21, RPHP presented findings of its most recent (25th) journal article on thyroid cancer rates at a press conference at City Hall in Philadelphia, which was covered by 8 media. Pennsylvania has the highest thyroid cancer rate in the U.S., especially in the eastern part of the state, where 9 nuclear reactors are located. In November 2009, RPHP presented the study at a press event in New York City, which drew 13 media stories.

RPHP WORK MOVES NY LEGISLATOR TO ASK FOR MORE THYROID STUDIES
Rockland County (NY) legislator Connie Coker introduced a resolution asking the state legislature and health department to commission a study on local rates of thyroid disease. Coker, who chairs Rockland’s Environmental Committee, made the request after publication of RPHP studies revealing very high rates of thyroid cancer and newborn hypothyroidism in Rockland and other counties near the Indian Point nuclear plant.

CNN STORY ON NEW NUKES INCLUDES RPHP REPORT
On April 16, CNN presented a story on high cancer rates in Pine Bluff, a nearly all-African American area close to the Vogtle nuclear plant in Geogria. The CNN nationwide broadcast referred to a 2007 study by Joseph Mangano, showing nearly equal rises in environmental radiation and cancer death rates in Burke County GA since the late 1980s. The Obama administration recently ruled that $8.33 billion in loan guarantees be given to the Southern Company to build two new reactors at Vogtle.

ANNUAL MEETING DRAWS LARGEST GROUP TO DATE
On April 27, RPHP annual meeting in New York City drew 45 supporters, the most ever for the group. Among the speakers were long time supporter Alec Baldwin, who discussed the importance of RPHP efforts near reactors in New York and New Jersey; and Dr. Donald Louria of the New Jersey Medical School, who discussed the importance of scientific research on health effects of low doses of radioactivity on humans.

THREE NEWSPAPER OP-EDS BRING TOTAL TO 43
In the first four months of 2010, Joseph Mangano published three op-ed pieces in U.S. newspapers on the dangers of nuclear power. The publications included the Frankfort (KY) State Journal, the Fresno (CA) Community Alliance, and the Ventura County (CA) Star. Mangano has published 43 op-ed pieces since early 2006.

To contact RPHP please email Joseph Mangano at odiejoe@aol.com.