A note from the Editor: The following covers the
activities of RPHP from September through December 2008
LANDMARK ST. LOUIS TOOTH
RPHP has secured funding for a landmark study of St. Louis children
who donated a baby tooth to a scientific study in the 1960s. RPHP
will examine whether tooth donors who have developed cancer by age
50 had higher levels of radioactive Strontium-90 in their baby
CHRISTIE BRINKLEY JOINS RPHP BOARD
In November, model and environmental activist Christie Brinkley became the latest member of the RPHP Board of Directors. Brinkley has a long history with RPHP. She served on the Board of Standing for Truth About Radiation, a Long Island-based citizen group that collaborated with RPHP to inform the public about contamination from nuclear reactors at the Brookhaven National Laboratories. She also has testified to Congress and other legislative bodies about the dangers of nuclear power.
RPHP INDIAN POINT WORK OKed BY FEDERAL REGULATORS
In late 2008, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) agreed to consider a legal intervention that includes RPHP analysis on the Indian Point nuclear reactors. The NRC agreed to hear a contention by Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, alleging that Indian Point constitutes an Environmental Justice violation. Entergy Nuclear of Jackson MS, which operates Indian Point, has asked the NRC for 20 year license extensions of the aging reactors when they expire.
EFA SUPPORTS RPHP CAMPAIGN ON INDIAN POINT REACTORS
On September 25, 2008, the Educational Foundation of America (EFA) authorized a $90,000, two-year grant to RPHP. The EFA Board of Directors accepted a proposal asking for funds to support the RPHP educational campaign on health risks posed by the Indian Point nuclear reactors. Activities will include press conferences, public forums, newspaper op-eds/letters, cable TV interviews, radio interviews, testimony at regulatory hearings, and interface with public officials.
LANDMARK ST. LOUIS TOOTH STUDY CONTINUES
RPHP has selected a sample of baby tooth donors from St. Louis for its study of cancer risk from atomic bomb test fallout. The group selected 3,900 males born 1959-1961 who donated one or more incisor teeth to an original study by Washington University in the 1960s. RPHP identified current addresses for 2,750 of the tooth donors, and will administer a health survey by mail early in 2009. The National Death Index will search the other 1,150 donors to identify who in the sample has died of cancer.
NEWSPAPERS PUBLISH MORE RPHP OP-EDS
In the final four months of 2008, Mangano published three newspaper op-eds (below), each on the health risks posed by emissions from nuclear reactors. Each newspaper is located in an area where new nuclear reactors have been proposed:
In addition, Mangano’s letter to the editor was published on November 30 by the Asbury Park (NJ) Press. These publications bring Mangano’s total for 2006, 2007, and 2008 to 29 op-eds and 9 letters, in publications that reach about 12 million Americans.
- September 7, 2008 – Monroe (MI) Sunday News
- November 25, 2008 – Annapolis (MD) Capital
- December 3, 2008 – Scranton (PA) Times Tribune
To contact RPHP please email Joseph Mangano at email@example.com.