In the first four months of 2009, RPHP made the following accomplishments:
FOUR MORE NEWSPAPER OP-EDS
Four newspaper op-eds by Joseph Mangano on the dangers of nuclear reactors were published, bringing his total to 34 since early 2006. The papers included the Charleston (WV) Gazette, the Syracuse (NY) Post-Standard, the Oklahoma City (OK) Journal Record, and the Cleveland (OH) Plain Dealer.
INDIAN POINT TESTIMONY
On February 12, Mangano presented testimony at a hearing held by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on environmental risks posed by a 20-year license extension at the Indian Point nuclear plant. Mangano’s testimony focused on the extremely high incidence of thyroid cancer, which is highly sensitive to radiation exposure, near the plant
FOX NEWS NATIONAL COVERAGE OF RPHP
On March 8, the Fox Report telecast a nationwide report on RPHP research documenting high thyroid cancer rates near Indian Point. Mangano was featured, along with Chris Peterson, a lifelong resident of the Indian Point area who has been stricken with the disease for the past two decades.
TWO MORE JOURNAL ARTICLES SUBMITTED
Mangano submitted two manuscripts to medical journals, and is awaiting word about their publication. The manuscripts focus on the high rate of childhood leukemia and thyroid cancer near nuclear plants. If accepted, they would be the 24th and 25th articles in medical journals (peer reviewed by experts) by RPHP members since 1994.
ST. LOUIS BABY TOOTH STUDY AWAITS RESULTS
RPHP sent nearly 3000 health surveys to St. Louis males born 1959-1961 who donated baby teeth to a study of atomic bomb fallout. Nearly 1000 were completed and returned to RPHP; along with a search by the Missouri death index, RPHP has identified 75 tooth donors who have had cancer by age 50. Lab testing is now under way to determine if fallout levels were higher in these “cancer teeth” than in teeth of healthy donors.
RPHP MEETS WITH CONGRESSIONAL STAFFS
RPHP Board members Joseph Mangano and Robert Alvarez met with staffs of several key members of Congress in January. They introduced the idea of Congress authorizing a new study of cancer near U.S. nuclear plants into the upcoming federal budget; the only such study ended in 1984, and examined patterns of cancer deaths (rather than cases).
MANGANO SPEAKS AT OYSTER CREEK
Mangano spoke at a March 28 rally in Toms River NJ attended by 135 persons about the need to shut down the 40 year old Oyster Creek nuclear reactor. Mangano’s talk was about the toll that Oyster Creek has had on local cancer risk. The rally was held on the 30th anniversary of the largest accident at a U.S. reactor, at Three Mile Island PA.
RPHP BEGINS COLLABORATION WITH FOREIGN TOOTH STUDY
RPHP held initial discussions with the Institute of Nuclear Physics in Kazakhstan, which has been studying radiation exposure from atomic bomb fallout in baby teeth of residents living near the test site. RPHP hopes that these discussions will result in joint research with the Institute, comparing exposures in the U.S. and the former Soviet Union.
RPHP ADDED TO WEB SITE FOR POTENTIAL FUNDERS
RPHP has been invited to join the web site “Changing the Present” which lists non-profit organizations so that individuals and organizations wishing to make donations can learn more about the group’s work. RPHP was asked to join as it was cited by Christie Brinkley as one of her two favorite organizations at the spring 2008 “Smart Cookie Awards” by Cookie Magazine.
To contact RPHP please email Joseph Mangano at email@example.com.