Volume 7, Number 1
January 5, 2007
Published by RPHP
PO Box 60 Unionville, NY 10988
Editor: Joseph Mangano
A note from the Editor: The following
covers the activities of RPHP from September through December 2006.
Warn Against New Reactors
RPHPs Joseph Mangano published editorials warning about health risks
of building new nuclear reactors in several newspapers, bringing the
total for the year to 12 editorials. Each newspaper is located in an
area where new reactors have been proposed. The 12 papers have a total
daily circulation of well over one million, and include the largest
dailies in Idaho, Mississippi, Texas, and Virginia. Utilities have proposed
building as many as 27 new reactors across the U.S.
read these editorials click here visit our Press page.
in Forum on Aging New Jersey Reactor
Mangano was part of a panel speaking on the hazards of the Oyster Creek
nuclear reactor, held at the Rutgers University School of Law in Newark
NJ on December 8. Actor and long time RPHP supporter Alec Baldwin moderated
the forum, which was attended by about 150 persons. Other presenters
included Richard Webster and Julia Huff of Rutgers, Robert Alvarez of
the Institute of Policy Studies, and Paul Gunter of the Nuclear Information
Service (NIRS). Rutgers is helping with efforts to oppose a 20-year
extension off Oyster Creek’s license after it expires in May 2009.
Intervention Against Georgia Reactors
The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League has enlisted Mangano’s
assistance in a legal intervention against the Alvin Vogtle nuclear
plant in Waynesboro GA. Blue Ridge is coordinating opposition to a plan
by the Southern Company to add two new reactors at Vogtle, and is basing
its case (partly) on public health risk to local residents. Southern,
along with other utilities, is attempting to be the first to order a
new nuclear reactor in the U.S. since 1978.
Used in Connecticut Election Campaign
On November 1, Democratic Gubernatorial candidate John DeStefano held
a press conference in Waterford CT, in front of the Millstone nuclear
plant. DeStefano spoke out against Governor Jodi Rell’s withdrawal
of a promise to contribute $25,000 to RPHP for the collection and Strontium-90
testing of baby teeth. Despite DeStefano’s call for a restoration
of the funds, he was defeated by Rell in the election just several days
later. Model Christie Brinkley sent a letter of support for the project.
Thyroid Cancer Study Released
In December, Mangano released a report showing thyroid cancer incidence
in Pennsylvania was the highest in the nation, and highest near the
state’s nuclear reactors. The report was announced on the monthly
cable television show of the Alliance for a Clean Environment in Pottstown
PA. Thyroid cancer, the most rapidly rising of all cancers, is closely
linked with exposure to radioactive iodine produced in nuclear reactors.
Eastern Pennsylvania has the densest cluster of nuclear reactors in
Two New Board
RPHP has added Robert Alvarez and Dr. Judith Johnsrud to its Board of
Directors. Alvarez is Senior Scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies
in Washington DC. He previously served in positions at Standing for
Truth About Radiation, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Senate
Committee on Governmental Affairs.
Dr. Johnsrud directs the Environmental
Coalition on Nuclear Power in State College PA, and has written and
lectured extensively about nuclear issues. She is board chair of the
Nuclear Information Resource Service, and is a board member of the New
England Coalition Against Nuclear Power.