Nuclink: Journal of Current Radiation and Public Health Issues
Volume 1, Number 3
FOUNDATION GRANTS PERMIT BABY TEETH TEST MAILING
The Radiation and Public Health Project has received grants for the Baby Teeth Study from The Louis and Harold Price Foundation and The Alida R. Messinger Charitable Lead Trust, No.2, one of the Rockefeller Family Trust Funds.
These funds will allow us to conduct a test mailing to 10,000 families with appeals for baby teeth.
RPHP has identified professional sources from which we can purchase mailing lists for all families in the US with children in the age group 6 to 12, when children lose their baby teeth.
We are therefore asking people, who are concerned about the health impacts of radiation and who live near commercial nuclear power reactors, to send us a list of those 5 digit Zip Code areas within 10 or 15 miles of the reactor site, particularly those Zip Codes downwind (i.e. generally, to the northeast, as prevailing winds blow from the southwest to the northeast). RPHP will consider those Zip Codes as a factor in the design of its methodology for collecting baby teeth from nuclear and non-nuclear counties.
These teeth will be tested for radiation levels in an independent laboratory. For example, Susan Perry Luxton has sent us the following list of zip code areas near the Millstone reactors in Waterford, Ct: 06385, 06375, 06320, 06357, 06333, 06340, and 06353.
Similarly, Margo Schepart has sent us the following zip code areas downwind of the Indian Point nuclear power plants: 10511 (Buchanan), 10520 (Croton-on the Hudson), 10548 (Montrose), 10562 (Ossining), 10566 (Peekskill ), 10596 (Verplanck), and 10598 (Yorktown).
Because the greater New York metropolitan area has among the nation's highest breast and prostate cancer rates, we shall do our first test mailings to families living close to the following reactors, in addition to Millstone (CT); Brookhaven National Lab (Long Island NY) Indian Point (NY), and Oyster Creek (NJ).
However, funding permitting, we hope to eventually conduct mailings in any area for which there appears to be a particular urgency. So, please let us know if there is a particular cancer cluster or disease cluster in your area.
Also, it seems evident that similar grants may be available from local foundations. The foundations we are approaching are stunned to find that the US is the only nation that has never conducted its own study of strontium-90 in baby teeth, as the first St. Louis study which contributed to the termination of above- ground tests in 1963 was the work of independent dental associations led by Dr. Barry Commoner.
There are two dozen nations, including small ones like Denmark, Bulgaria, Hungary, as well as major nuclear power nations such France, Japan and the U.K., that have historically published studies of Sr-90 levels in baby teeth.
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