Volume 5, Number 2
April 30, 2005
Published by RPHP
PO Box 60 Unionville, NY 10988
Editor: Joseph Mangano
A note from the editor:
The following covers activities of the Radiation and Public Health Project
(RPHP) From January through April of 2005.
CNN Gives RPHP First National
TV News Coverage
On March 5 and 6, Cable News Network televised
a story about RPHP's study of Strontium-90 in baby teeth in New Jersey.
The three-minute piece marked the first national TV news coverage on
RPHP activities. In the past 18 months, RPHP has also been the subject
of national stories in the New York Times and USA Today.
Mangano Testifies Before
NJ Radiation Officials
On February 16, RPHPs Joseph Mangano presented
testimony to the New Jersey Commission on Radiation Protection on health
risks of low-dose radiation exposure. Mangano spoke at the Trenton meeting,
as did 13 year old Cory Furst (a New Jersey resident and cancer survivor);
his mother Jane; and Edith Gbur of the Jersey Shore Nuclear Watch. The
Commission had invited Mangano to testify following the completion of
RPHPs report on Strontium-90 in baby teeth of New Jersey children with
cancer. Mangano answered questions from the Commissioners for 40 minutes
at the event, which was covered by numerous local media.
RPHP Releases Report on High
Cancer Rates in Philadelphia
On April 14, Mangano presented a report showing that Philadelphia
had the highest cancer death rate of the most populated 60 U.S. counties.
The report, which emphasized that Philadelphia lies within 90 miles
of 13 nuclear reactors, also showed that the local childhood cancer
death rate had risen 22% since the startup of the Limerick plant, 20
miles upwind from the city, as state and national rates fell. The report
was presented in the Philadelphia suburb of Pottstown, where Limerick
is located, and received extensive local media coverage.
Members Join RPHP Board
The RPHP Board of Directors has recently expanded from five to seven
members. David Friedson, who joined the Board in January, is a New York
City businessman who served on the Board of Standing for Truth About
Radiation (STAR). Scott Cullen, a Long Island attorney and formerly
the STAR Executive Director, joined the Board in April. Both Friedson
and Cullen have extensive knowledge of radiation health issues, have
worked closely with RPHP for years, and bring diverse skills to the
Hearing on Proposed New
Reactor Uses RPHP Data
On February 17, activists presented data on public
health risks of a proposed new nuclear reactor in Virginia. At the hearing,
participants learned of RPHP research showing that the infant death
rate near the North Anna plant rose 11% in the first three years after
the first reactor began operating at the site, compared to a 9% decline
nationwide. Dominion Nuclear, which operates North Anna, has indicated
to federal regulators an interest in building new reactors at the site.
No nuclear reactor has been ordered in the U.S. since 1978.
Annual Meeting a Success
RPHPs annual meeting attracted 25 of the group's
supporters, the most ever for the event. Attendees, who met at the Metropolitan
Club in New York City, heard from various RPHP Board members, as well
as parents of children with cancer who have made extensive efforts to
support the group's research activities.