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2010 Articles in the Press
Counterpunch
: Baby Tooth Science

Joseph Mangano MPH MBA
Radiation and Public Health Project
December 22, 2010
Joseph Mangano explains the importance of RPHP's most recent research on cancer risk to Baby Boomers from atomic bomb fallout.
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The New York Times writes a story about the latest RPHP journal article on the link between atom bomb fallout and cancer.
The study used baby teeth from St. Louis "Baby Boomers" born in the 1950s. The article titled Study of Baby Teeth Sees Radiation Effects is by MATTHEW L. WALD.
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See also the article by NANCY CAMBRIA at the St. Louis Post Dispatch entitled WU study on baby teeth here gets boost.
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Yankee’s Health Risks
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Letters To The Editor
Greenfield Recorder, Wednesday, November 3, 2010
The big decision by federal regulators on whether to let the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor operate 20 more years is approaching. Regulators have reviewed 59 similar proposals for other reactors — and approved all 59. In most areas, there is little public opposition. But various citizens and public officials in Vermont have voiced concerns, and media have reported them. Regulators are taking their time on this one. Operating an aging nuclear plant for 20 more years is a serious matter. The decision should not be made until a thorough review of local health patterns is completed and the public is fully informed of any health hazards.
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Vermont Yankee Causes Harm
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Letters To The Editor
Bennington Banner, Monday, November 1, 2010
Health data suggest harm from plantA recent report by the state health department concluded that the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor has not harmed local residents ("Yankee gets clean bill of health," Sept. 23). But a closer look at official government data shows some unusually high death rate near the reactor.
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Nuclear power not just costly but also unsafe
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Letters To The Editor
Baltimore Sun, Thursday, October 28, 2010
Before building a new nuclear reactor at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, officials should thoroughly review how much radiation has been released from the current plants at Calvert Cliffs and assess the effects on the health of local residents from those releases. Health risk is more important than cost.
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Rep. John Salazar Is Wrong On Nuclear Energy
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBALetters To The Editor
Grand Junction Sentinel, Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Congressman John Salazar has endorsed nuclear power as one way to address Colorado’s energy needs. But nuclear power will not meet people’s needs promptly, inexpensively nor safely.
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Nuke Plant May Be Hazardous
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Letters To The Editor
West Valley News, Friday, August 27, 2010
A recent federal report concluded there are no environmental threats to keeping the Arizona Palo Verde reactors open until 2047, 20 years after the current limit. However, Palo Verde produces less than one-quarter of the electricity in Arizona. Keeping old reactors and building new ones may be a risky way to generate this small share. Using the state's ample sun energy - a risk-free source that lasts forever - may be the more prudent course.
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Nuke Accident Would Dwarf Oil Spill
Samuel S. Epstein (Cancer prevention expert, prof. emeritus at U. of IL School of Public Health, Chicago) with Joseph Mangano
Huffington Post, August 2, 2010
Bob Herbert's July 19 New York Times column rightly states that the harm from a meltdown at a nuclear power plant "would make the Deepwater Horizon disaster look like a walk in the park." As lessons of the Deepwater fiasco are learned, we must understand the hard truth that certain energy sources pose very high risks to our security and health. We must do all we can to prevent another massive oil spill, or nuclear meltdown. But we should go further, by developing energy sources that are safe.
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Reflecting on the 65th Anniversary of the First A-Bomb
Samuel S. Epstein (Cancer prevention expert, prof. emeritus at U. of IL School of Public Health, Chicago) with Joseph Mangano
Huffington Post, Friday, July 16, 2010
July 16 marks 65 years since the first atomic bomb explosion, known as Trinity. It is a date that changed world history forever, and created new health and security threats that still plague the planet. This article discusses the legacy of Trinity--nuclear weapons, nuclear waste, nuclear power.
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Oyster Creek Tritium Risk Review Needed
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Letters To The Editor
Asbury Park Press, Sunday, June 13, 2010
The people of New Jersey are entitled to know all risks posed by the 41-year-old Oyster Creek plant — the oldest of the 104 U.S. reactors. It may be that replacing the electricity Oyster Creek contributes to the state — only about 7 percent — can be easily accomplished, with a great potential benefit to public health.
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Should Seabrook Station’s license be extended 20 years?
oseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Letters To The Editor
Nashua Telegraph
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Florida Power & Light Co. is soon expected to ask federal regulators to extend the license for the Seabrook Station nuclear reactor by 20 years. Reactors originally were granted 40-year licenses. But utilities want to maximize the time reactors operate, even though parts corrode over time. This is a journey into the unknown. Nobody knows how safe a 60-year-old nuclear reactor would be – because none have operated more than 41 years.
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Health threat at Diablo
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Ventura County Star, Friday, April 16, 2010
Federal regulators have begun to evaluate whether the two Diablo Canyon nuclear reactors in San Luis Obispo County deserve 20-year license extensions. Since the reactors opened in the late 1980s, the child cancer death rate in the two closest counties has exploded, 65 percent higher than before. Energy policy has many aspects, but none as important as health.
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New Nukes in Fresno Would Endanger Public Health
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Opinion and Analysis from the Grassroots
Fresno Community Alliance, April, 2010
Fresno County, Californaia may be an especially dangerous place to build nuclear reactors. The county's population is nearing 1 million, and rising rapidly. It already has barriers to good health, including high poverty rates, below-average educational levels, and language barriers. Before building new reactors, health risks should be thoroughly considered; especially as truly "clean" options such as wind and solar power are available.
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New Nukes Could Cause Health Problems
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Letters To The Editor
he State Journal, Franklin, Kentucky, Sunday, March 21, 2010
No nuclear reactors have ever operated in Kentucky. Any plan to generate electricity should emphasize conservation, efficiency, and clean technologies such as solar and wind to minimize health problems.
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An Atomic Credibility Gap Obama Goes Nuclear
Karl Grossman
Counterpunch, Wednesday February 17, 2010
Clear here to read Karl Grossman's important new piece about President Obama's stance on nuclear power
Judith Johnsrud (speaking) and Joseph Mangano
RPHP Board members Judith Johnsrud (speaking) and Joseph Mangano
THYROID CANCER EPIDEMIC FOUND IN EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA
RADIATION FROM NUCLEAR PLANTS LINKED WITH DISEASE
Pennsylvania has the highest thyroid cancer rate of any U.S. state, and rates are especially high in the eastern part of the state, which has a large concentration of nuclear reactors, according to a new study.
Suzanne Litzenberger Dr. Lewis Cuthbert
Suzanne Litzenberger, thyroid cancer survivor from Allentown PA
Dr. Lewis Cuthbert,
President of the Alliance for a Clean Environment, Pottstown PA
Read about the press conference RPHP held in Philadelphia City Hall on January 21, 2010, announcing its new study of a thyroid cancer epidemic in eastern Pennsylvania.
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Click here to read the study
 
Click here to read the testimony of Suzanne Litzenberger of Allentown PA at the press conference
Click here to view video of the conference from Channel 28 NBC in Wilkes Barre PA 
Clcik here for press coverage by CBS Channel 21 in Harrisburg PA
Click here for article from the Standard Speaker in Hazelton PA 
Click here for article in the Philadelphia Inquirer 
Click here for article in the Philadelphia Daily News 
Click here for story aired by KYW news radio in Philadelphia
Click here to read the article at the Philadelphia Public Record  

2009 Articles in the Press

Evidence vs. Slogans
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Letters To The Editor
Putnam County (NY) News and Recorder, Wednesday, December 16, 2009
In response to Mr. Mangano's editorial on the 9th of December, Michael Slobodien blasts the scientific research on radiation from the Indian Point nuclear plant and local cancer risk. Unfortunately he uses name-calling and slogans like "nuclear power is safe and clean" - not facts. Furthermore, Slobodien assumes exposures to low doses of radiation are safe. This assumption has often been made in the past, only to be proven wrong by scientific studies.
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Indian Point And Cancer In Putnam County
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Letters To The Editor
Putnam County (NY) News and Recorder, Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Putnam now has the 6th highest cancer rate of the 62 counties in New York State, and over 500 new cases are diagnosed each year among local residents. Putnam also has the dubious distinction of having the highest rates of breast and thyroid cancer of any New York county.

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Indian Point: A Cancer Risk Too Close For Comfort
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Letters To The Editor
Woodstock Times, Thursday, December 3, 2009
With 21 million persons living within 50 miles of Indian Point, the stakes are extremely high. The decision on what to do with Indian Point's old, corroding reactors should be primarily a public health decision.

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Thyroid cancer rates are alarming
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Letters To The Editor
Westchester Journal News, Saturday, November 28, 2009
New research reveals that thyroid cancer rates near the Indian Point nuclear power plant are among the highest in the nation.
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RPHP Releases Journal Article Showing Thyroid Cancer Rates Near Indian Point Nuclear Reactors Are Among the Highest in the U.S.
On November 16th, 2009, RPHP held a press conference announcing its findings that the rate of thyroid cancer cases in counties closest to the Indian Point nuclear plant 35 miles north of midtown Manhattan are the highest in New York State, and among the highest in the U.S.
These findings are substantiated in detail in Mr. Mangano's article: Geographic Variation in U.S. Thyroid Cancer Incidence and a Cluster Near Nuclear Reactors in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania published in the International Journal of Health Services Volume 39, Number 4, 2009, pages 643 - 661.
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Click here to read the study in its entirety
Click here for personal stories regarding thyroid cancer
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Indian Point puts public health at grave risk
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Albany Times Union, Tuesday, November 10, 2009
A major battle over the future of New York's energy policy is being fought at Indian Point, 75 miles south of Albany, New York. The battle is not just about energy, but public health. Any decision on the future of Indian Point should be based not just on energy needs and costs, but on public health interests.
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Joseph Mangano Interview on Monday, October 26, 2009
Listen to this 90 minute interview with Joseph Mangano on the Montpelier Vermont radio station and at vermont.be. He discusses the St. Louis study and how it relates to nuclear reactors, in particular the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, which is the subject of a fierce debate.
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RPHP REPORT ON THE CANCER RISK FROM ATOMIC BOMB TEST FALLOUT BY STUDYING STRONTIUM-90 LEVELS IN BABY TEETH.
Study released October 20, 2009
Our new study finds high levels of radioactive Strontium-90 in baby teeth of U.S. “Baby Boomers” who have died of cancer.  The study marks the first attempt to estimate cancer risk from bomb fallout by measuring actual levels in bodies of Americans. 
Click here to read the study
Click here to read the press release
Click here for an article about study at the St Louis Post-Dispatch
Click here to read the transcript of Health Risks of Nuclear Power and Testing, an interview with Joseph Mangano on NPR
Indian Point nukes threaten Connecticut
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Stamford Advocate and Greenwich Time
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Two aging Indian Point reactors are nearing the end of their 40-year licenses. With the ongoing threat of a meltdown, and with the potential that radiation exposure may be contributing to high child cancer rates in places like Greenwich and Stamford, federal regulators should not allow the aging, corroding plant to continue operating, and instead turn to safe, renewable energy sources like solar and wind power.
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Old nuclear plants threaten Delaware
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Delaware News Journal, Monday, October 5, 2009
PSEG Nuclear officially asked federal regulators to extend the licenses of the three nuclear reactors at the Salem/Hope Creek site for 20 more years. The reactors are just 15 miles from downtown Wilmington. No approval should be given to the proposal to extend the Salem/Hope Creek license for 20 more years -- until health risks are better understood.
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Salem Nukes Pose Risk for Cumberland Co
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Cumberland County (NJ) Reminder, Wednesday, September 16, 2009
It's now official: Operators of the three nuclear reactors in Salem County NJ have asked federal regulators for permission to keep them operating for 20 years beyond their expiration. Until serious health questions are answered the extension should not be granted.
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Aging Indian Point plant should be shut down
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Bergen Daily Record and NorthJersey.com
Sunday September 4, 2009
Rising energy needs in the metropolitan area must be met. But keeping aging and corroding nuclear reactors operating is a dangerous way to do it, especially because 21 million people live within 50 miles of Indian Point.
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Indian Point - Nuclear Power Unsafe For Region
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Kingston (NY) Daily Freeman, Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Government licenses for the two nuclear reactors at the Indian Point plant - 35 miles north of midtown Manhattan and 40 miles south of Kingston - are about to expire. For numerous safety and heath reasons federal regulators should not allow Indian Point to operate for 20 more years.
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Meeting with Governor Paterson

On August 21, 2009, Governor David Paterson met with RPHP Board members Christie Brinkley and Joseph Mangano in Southampton NY.  Christie and Joe informed the Governor about RPHP research on health hazards of emissions from nuclear weapons tests and reactors.  The meeting continues RPHP efforts to disseminate its findings, to ensure that public policies best protect public health.

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Perry Nuclear Power Plant
On April 9, 2009, Joseph J. Mangano published a letter in the Cleveland Plain Dealer suggesting that the Health threat of Perry nuclear power plant should be carefully studied before its license is extended. The Ohio director of health responded, claiming emissions were below federal limits and that cancer rates are not higher around Perry. Fortunately Mr. Mangano was given an opportunity to respond.
Click here to read Mr. Mangano's response
Huffington Post Article Features RPHP
Nuclear Power Causes Cancer: What Industry Doesn't Want You To Know
Dr. Sam Epstein
Huffington Post, Tuesday, August 4, 2009.
University of Illinois public health professor Samuel Epstein MD writes an essay on the health consequences of nuclear power, citing the work of RPHP.  Dr. Epstein discusses the considerable evidence linking nuclear reactor emissions with cancer, and calls on the President and Congress to take appropriate action.  Dr. Epstein is a regular columnist with the Huffington Post.
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Health threat of nuclear plant should be studied
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Letters To The Editor Civic Forum
Portsmouth (OH) Daily Times, Thursday, July 2, 2009
A coalition of three large corporations has just announced plans to build a new nuclear power reactor at the Portsmouth site in Piketon. Ohio.
The lessons of the past 50 years should be more than enough for people to oppose the plan for a new nuclear reactor at Portsmouth, and to support more vigorous development of safe, renewable energy.
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“French nukes are safe” – A sound byte with no evidence
by Joseph J. Mangano, MPH MBA
The Free Press, May 26, 2009
We hear it all the time. Nuclear reactors produce 80% of the electricity in France. Their reactors are “safe” and that means the U.S. should build new reactors. This is the sound byte. But are reactors truly “safe” as advertised? After studying the facts, the answer is an emphatic “no.”
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Nuclear power would be a bad policy for Oklahoma
Joseph Mangano, Guest Columnist
The Oklahoma Journal Record, Wednesday, April 22, 2009
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Time to Abolish the NRC?
A Radioactive Extension for Aging Nuclear Plants

By KARL GROSSMAN
CounterPunch, April 13, 2009
Read this excellent article by RPHP Boardmember Karl Grossman, explaining the dangers of extending the operating licenses of nuclear power plants, and how safety concerns are minimized by the NRC.
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Any radiation is hazardous
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Letters To The Editor
Pottstown (PA) Mercury, Monday, April 6, 2009
The PA Energy Alliance claims that nuclear power is "clean, safe, and reliable." However, the opposite is true. Here are the facts about nuclear reactors — facts documented by experts.
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Health threat of Perry nuclear power plant should be studied
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Letters To The Editor
Cleveland Plain Dealer, Saturday, April 05, 2009
A portion of Cleveland's electricity is generated at the Perry nuclear power plant. Plant owner FirstEnergy is seeking government approval to extend Perry's license, so it can operate until 2046. Although Perry is just 22 years old, its parts are already aging and corroding. FirstEnergy's proposal would keep Perry going to the 60-year mark, raising health concerns. Any decisions to expand nuclear power should not be made until health risks are fully understood.
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Nuclear power not clean
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Letters To The Editor
Charleston WV Gazette, Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Recently, West Virginia state legislators have proposed dropping a 1996 ban against building reactors. But nuclear reactors are not "clean" at all. West Virginia is a state blessed with considerable wind, which can be used to make electricity. Wind is truly clean, and it lasts forever. Other renewable sources, such as solar and geothermal, also are non-polluting and not a threat to public health.
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Weigh all health risks before allowing a new nuke reactor
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Syracuse Post Standard, Thursday, March 19, 2009
Constellation Energy has proposed a new reactor at the Nine Mile Point/Fitzpatrick nuclear plant, just 35 miles northwest of downtown Syracusthe NY. A safer approach to meeting the area's electrical needs would be to develop renewable, non-polluting energy sources.
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FOX News Breaks Story On Thyroid Cancer Epidemic Around Indian Point
The FOX Report March 10, 2009
An unusually high local rate of thyroid cancer, documented in new official data, near the Indian Point nuclear reactors just north of New York City, was the subject of a Fox News story entitled "Cancer Cluster" broadcast on March 8 as part of the evening Fox Report.
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Cancer questions grow around Fermi nuclear plant
State health report shows 31 percent increase in cancer rate among young people in Monroe County since 1996
Eartha Jane Melzer
The Michigan Messenger, Tuesday. February 17. 2009
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Closing Indian Point a public-health issue
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Letters To The Editor
Westchester (NY) Journal News, Thursday, February 19, 2009
Developing a plan for "real alternatives" to nuclear power is important - but in the meantime, is there anything as important as our well-being, especially our children's?
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Public health expert urges examination of cancer rates around Fermi nuke plant
Eartha Jane Melzer
Michigan Messenger, Wednesday, January 21, 2009
In a statement submitted to the NRC Joseph Mangano pointed out that data from the Centers for Disease Control shows an increasing cancer death rate, particularly among children, since Fermi 2 became operational in the 80’s.
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Christie and Joe

Click here to read Christie's story and find out why she is a staunch supporter of RPHP

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Christie Brinkley and Joseph Mangano
Christie Brinkley Joins The RPHP Board
RPHP is delighted to announce that Christie Brinkley has agreed to join the RPHP Board. For years she has been involved in environmental causes, with a particular interest in radiation exposure and risk to children. She was previously a Board member of Standing for Truth About Radiation, and is a current Board member of the Global Security Institute.
Christie Brinkley has a long history with RPHP. She made appearances or sent written material on behalf of the RPHP study of Strontium-90 in baby teeth in Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut. As the recipient of a "Smart Cookie" award from Cookie Magazine in April 2008, she named RPHP as one of her two favorite non-profit organizations. Avon Industries contributed $5000 to each honored organization.
Markey Eyes Child Leukemia Risk Study To Target Nuclear Power Plants
Risk Policy Report, Tuesday, January 13, 2009
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Activists Urge Obama To Adjust EPA Standards For Radiation Exposure
Inside EPA, Friday, January 9, 2009
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Baby tooth study resumes, seeking links between fallout radiation and cancer
By Robert Kelly
St Louis Post-Dispatch, Friday, January 2, 2009
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2008 Articles in the Press
Resolve health issues before building more nuke reactors
Joseph Mangano, Guest Columnist
Scranton Times Tribune
Tuesday, December 3, 2008

There are currently new plans to build a reactor at Bell Bend, just a few miles from two Susquehanna nuclear reactors. The new reactor would be the largest in the U.S., at 1600 megawatts electrical. There should be no rush to build an expensive and quite possibly harmful nuclear reactor, until all health issues are studied and the public is informed of any risk.
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Nuclear reactor needs "precautionary principle"
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Letters To The Editor, Asbury Park Press
Sunday November 30, 2008

Health and environmental policies have long observed the "precautionary principle" — if safety is uncertain, policies should be cautious. This principle should also be applied to the Oyster Creek nuclear facility.
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Reactor a potential health risk
An OP Ed article by Joseph Mangano as guest columnist for the Annapolis (MD) Capilal was published Tuesday, November 25, 2008. The risks of the proposal to build a new reactor at the Calvert Cliffs plant in Maryland are clearly discussed.
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New Study Shows Child Leukemia Near Nukes Rising
An RPHP study on rising child leukemia rates near U.S. nuclear plants was published in the most recent issue of the European Journal of Cancer Care.  Congressman Edward Markey and actor Alec Baldwin both commented on the research and its importance.
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Fermi Celebration Ignores Health Risks
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA

Letters To The Editor, Monroe Sunday News,
Sunday, September 7, 2008

Presidential candidate John McCain gave a rousing endorsement to nuclear power during a recent visit to the Fermi nuclear plant. But does Fermi really live up to the slogan of “clean and safe” energy?
Click here to read Mr. Mangano's Letter

Too Much Cancer Already – New Nukes Too Big A Risk
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Victoria Advocate (Texas)
Letters To The Editor, Friday, August 8, 2008
Exelon Nuclear contends that its plan to build two new nuclear reactors will benefit Victoria County. The reactors will generate new jobs and tax revenue, they say, while creating electricity that Texas needs. But company officials don’t talk about the health risks the reactors will create. And public health, not economics or energy, should be the most critical aspect of the plan.
Click here to read Mr. Mangano's letter

Nuclear Risks At Indian Point
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Stamford Advocate
Letterz to the editor Friday, June 6, 2008

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Coal For Nukes - Replacing One Hazard With Another?
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Louisville Courier-Journal
Letters To The Editor Tuesday, March 11, 2008
The Kentucky legislature is considering a proposal to overturn a 1984 ban on building nuclear reactors in the state. But a coal-for-nukes swap may represent nothing more than replacing one environmental hazard with another.
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Vermont Yankee - Cancer Hazard To New Hampshire
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Keene Sentinel
Letters To The Editor, Thursday, March 6, 2008
Vermont Yankee hasn’t lived up to its “clean” billing. Between a potential meltdown and routine contamination, keeping it in operation may be more trouble than it’s worth. Instead of relying on an aging and corroding reactor, a plan focused on safe and renewable energy sources should be pursued.
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Click here to find out about our current St. Louis study, and to read articles about it from AP and St Louis Post-Dispatch

2007 Articles in the Press
Atomic Balm: Nuclear Revival Ignores Casualties
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Rachel's Democracy & Health News #936
December 6, 2007

The lead article in Rachel's on the attempt to revive nuclerar power in the US.
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Nuclear Plants Aren't Worth Risk
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Atlantic City Press
Letters To The Editor, Monday, December 3, 2007

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Response to Greg Clary “Activists push for closing Indian Point with help from actor Alec Baldwin”
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Westchester Journal News
Monday
Letters To The Editor, November 19, 2007

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Activists push for closing Indian Point with help from actor Alec Baldwin
By GREG CLARY
The Journal News, Tuesday, November 13, 2007
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On November 12, 2007, RPHP released a detailed report on the health threats posed by the Indian Point nuclear plant at a press conference in New York City. The report contains much original research by RPHP on radioactive contamination from Indian Point, and on unexpectedly high cancer rates near the plant.
Click here to read the Executive Summary
Click here to read the entire report
The press conference was reported by NBC Nightly News, CBS-2 TV NYC, NBC-4 TV NYC, Fox-5 TV NYC, ABC-7 TV NYC, New York One TV, News-12 Westchester, WCBS-880 radio NYC, Columbia University radio NYC, Metro Network (WABC, WOR radio) NYC, Westchester Journal News and The New York Post.
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State Should Look To Truly Clean Energy Sources
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Letters To The Editor, Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The Wisconsin Legislature is considering ending restrictions on building new nuclear reactors in the state. However, given the concerns raised by reactors, it would be sound policy to keep the ban. Because 20% of the state's electricity produced by the relatively old and small Kewaunee-Point Beach reactors will be lost when they eventually close, a truly clean energy program should be pursued.
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Oyster Creek: How Safe?
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Letters To The Editor
Parsippany Daily Record,
Saturday, October 6, 2007

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New Nukes Would Imperil Child Health
Joseph J. Mangano
The North County Times, San Diego and Riverside, CA
Monday, October 8, 2007

Passing the initiative sponsored by Assemblyman Chuck DeVore to lift the 30-year ban on building new nuclear reactors in California may mean a new reactor at the San Onofre plant. This brief editorial discusses the dangers.
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Oyster Creek: Safety First
Joseph J. Mangano
Trenton Times, September 28, 2007
A coalition has recently been formed to push for a 20-year license extension for the Oyster Creek nuclear reactor near Toms River. The group, called the New Jersey Affordable, Clean, Reliable Energy Coalition (NJACRE), is dedicated to “increasing public awareness of the need to keep existing clean energy sources.” NJACRE is funded by Exelon, whose subsidiary AmerGen operates Oyster Creek.
Is Oyster Creek really clean?
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Nuclear Reactor an Unclean, Dangerous Source for Energy
Joseph J. Mangano
The Springfield (Missouri) News Leader,
Saturday, September 22, 2007

The decision to build a new reactor should wait until a full examination of potential health hazards can be made. Until then, a safer and more prudent approach to the growing electricity needs would be through more efficient products and safe, renewable sources such as solar and wind power.
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Vermont Yankee - Clear And Present Danger?
Joseph J. Mangano
Brattleboro Reformer, Friday, September 14, 2007
No rush to judgment should be made on the Vermont Yankee license renewal. Even though the reactor supplies one-third of the state’s electricity, safer sources of electricity like solar and wind power are becoming more readily available. The people of Vermont are entitled to understand the true risks the reactor poses to their health.
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New Nukes In Utah Pose Public Health Risks
Joseph J. Mangano
Salt Lake City Tribune, August 25, 2007
"The experience of the past half century suggests that caution should be taken before any nuclear reactor operates in Utah. Potential health hazards of nuclear reactors are serious and would persist for generations. Other options for generating electricity that pose no threat to public health, such as solar and wind power, should be taken seriously."
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For safety's sake, shut down Oyster Creek
Joseph J. Mangano
Newark Star Ledger, Wednesday, August 08, 2007
By spring 2009, federal regulators must decide whether to allow the Oyster Creek nuclear reactor to operate for an additional 20 years. The decision is a critical one for New Jersey's energy future.
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The Fate of Oyster Creek: A Chance To Reduce Cancer
Joseph J. Mangano and Edith Gbur
Asbury Park Press, July 18, 2007
The clock is ticking until the license of the Oyster Creek nuclear reactor, the oldest in the U.S., expires. Federal regulators face a decision on whether to accept or reject an application to extend the license for 20 years.
Click here to read this insightful analysis as to why the reactor should be closed permanently

Report Highlights Nuclear Dangers
Janette Sherman, M.D.
Letter to the editor
Augusta Chronicle, June 25, 2007

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Bullets, bombs and nuclear power plants
by Janette D. Sherman, M.D.
San Francisco BayView Tuesday, 10 April 2007
At this juncture in our nuclear age, we must realize that the isotopes from both bombs and nuclear power plants, like the bullets shot into the air, are pulled to earth by gravity. They may be slower and quieter as they enter our bodies, but they are just as deadly.
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Study Health Risks Before Proposing New Reactors
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Letter to the editor
Palm Beach Post, June 18, 2007

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Nuclear Reactor Restart At Browns Ferry Poses Health Risks
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Tuscaloosa News, May 31, 2007
Huntsville Times, June 5, 2007

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Radioactive Contamination and Potential Health Risks From The Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Reactor
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
June 12, 2007
A press conference was held in Trenton, NJ, kicking off our educational campaign on the health risks of Oyster Creek. In addition to Mr. Mangano, Don Louria, Edith Gbur, and Rosalie Bertell spoke of the dangers. The event was covered by local TV, radio and newspapers.
Click here to read the Executive Summary
Click here to read the Press Release
Article in the Gloucester County Times about this press conference
Read the article about this study in the Asbury Park Press
Global Warming and Nuclear Power
Janette D. Sherman, M.D.
The San Francisco BayView
March 18, 2007

The nuclear industry is using the issue of global warming, which is real and urgent, to push nuclear power, which is costly, polluting and not needed.
Click here to read Dr. Sherman's article
Feds Ignore Health Risks of Keeping Old Nuke Running
Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Providence Journal
Op-ed March 27, 2007
A recent federal report ignores health risks of keeping the Pilgrim nuclear reactor in operation for 20 years after its license expires in 2012. The public should be disturbed, as the report fails to examine evidence that Pilgrim may have harmed local residents.
Click here to read Mr. Mangano's analysis of the health risks involved
New Nuke At Fermi Could Raise Cancer Rates
Joseph Mangano, MPH, MBA
Letters To The Editor in The Toledo Blade
Wednesday, March 28, 2007

DTE Co. has announced plans to apply for a federal license to build a new nuclear reactor at the Fermi plant in Monroe County, just south of Detroit. This letter by Mr. Mangano explains the dangers involved in such a venture.
Click here to read the letter

Why Building A New Reactor In Maryland Is A Really Bad Idea: Maryland PIRG Launches Campaign Against New Nuclear Reactor in Maryland
Press Conference in Baltimore, MD, March 7, 2007

Joseph Mangano joined The Maryland Public Interest Research Group and Cathy Garger of the Sierra Club for a press conference in Baltimore regarding the proposed building of a new nuclear power plant at Calvert Cliffs.

Maryland PIRG issued a new report explaining the environmental, financial, and health effects of adding another reactor to the Calvert Cliffs nuclear complex. Sierra Club spokesperson Cathy Garger spoke of the potential immense adverse impact to the entire Chesapeake Bay environment. RPHP's Joseph Mangano discussed the detrimental health effects that the proposed new reactor would have.

The press coverage was excellent, including articles in The Baltimore Sun and The Washington Post. The story was also carried in The Baltimore Daily Record and on Fox-45 TV in Baltimore and University of Maryland TV.
Click here to read the story in The Washington Post
Click here to read the story in The Baltimore Sun

Click here to read the Maryland Public Interest Research Group report The High Cost of Nuclear Power: Why Maryland Can't Afford a New Reactor.


2006 Articles in the Press

Weighing Risks: New Nukes May Harm Health In Florida
By Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
The Orlando (FL) Sentinel
, op-ed article,
December 22, 2006
Read the article

Heads In The Sand Make Limerick A Permanent Nuclear Dump
By Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
The Pottstown (PA) Mercury
, op-ed article,
December 16, 2006

Read the article

Ask Your Commission To Consider Health Before Endorsing Nuclear Power Plant
By Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
The Idaho Statesman
(Boise, ID), op-ed article,
December 10, 2006

Read the article

CON: Nuclear power
Would a new Grand Gulf nuclear plant be safe?

By Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Special to The Clarion-Ledger
The Clarion-Ledger, Op-ed article,
November 12, 2006

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Nuclear Plant: A New Facility Would Pose Serious Health Concerns
By Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
The Spartanburg South Carolina Herald Journal, editorial,
August 20, 2006

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New Nukes May Mean New Health Risks
By Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
The Monroe Louisiana News-Star, op-ed article,
August 20, 2006

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New Nuke Plants Hazardous To Amarillo's Health
By Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
The Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News, op-ed article,
August 20, 2006

Read the article

New South Texas Reactors: Build And Risks Will Come
By Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
The Houston Chronicle, op-ed article,
July 22, 2006.

Read the article

Baby Steps And Baby Teeth:
Seeking Answers To Cancer Risk From Millstone

By Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
The New Haven Register
, editorial,
May 23, 2006.

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Nuclear Plants-A Dangerous Non-Solution To The Energy Crisis
By Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
Times-Dispatch Guest Columnist, Richmond, VA
Sunday, April 16, 2006.

Read the article

Study Finds Link Between Cancer, Nuclear Power Plants
The Courier-Post
, March 28. 2006.

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"Tooth Fairy Project" Follow-up Links Radiation, Childhood Cancer
BY Nicholar Clunn,
Asbury Park Press

March 29, 2006.

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New Nuclear Reactors Threaten Our Children's Health
By Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
The Durham North Carolina Herald Sun, editorial,
February 13, 2006.

Click here to read the editorial.

More Nuclear Reactors A Public Health Threat
By Joseph Mangano and Samuel Epstein,
The Champaign News-Gazette
, Guest Commentary
January 15, 2006.

Read the article

2005 and Before, Articles in the Press

Cancer Caused by Emissions from Nuclear Power Plants
By Nicholas Clunn, Asbury Park Press,
February 17, 2005.

Read the article

NUCLEAR NEWS: Tooth Fairy Project
By Michael Steinberg, Z Magazine, April, 2004

Baby teeth offer radioactive clues
By Gary Stoller,
USA TODAY

January 1, 2004.

Read the article

Using Baby Teeth As A Geiger Counter
By Andy Newman, New York Times,
November 11, 2003,
published on the front page of the Metro Section.

Read the article

Hand Over Those Molars
by Mike Sembos.
Published in the Fairfield Weekly.com, August 14, 2003.

Read the article.

Strontium-90 Under the Pillow?
by Robert Masterson
Published in the Fairfield Weekly.com, May 15, 2003

Read the article.

Serious omissions in the National Cancer Institute's study of breast cancer in Long Island women
Dr. Jannette Sherman's editorial, published in the New York Times, August 17, 2002.

Read the editiorial.

Radiation Too Easily Dismissed In Cancer
By Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA
The Asbury Park Press (N J), op-ed article,
January 18, 2002.

Read the article.

Baby teeth clues to 'nuclear cancer'
BBC News,
Thursday, 5 April, 2001

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The Baby Teeth Study "Tooth Fairy Project"
InnerSelf Magazine

Read the article

Actor pulling for tooth project
By Melissa Klein, NY Journal News.

Read the article.

Researchers say some kids in Miami have radioactive teeth
By Terry Spencer, Associated Press, Sun-Sentinel, March 28 2001

Read the article.

Baby Teeth Point To Unusual Radiation Levels
local10.com Miami news.

Read the article.

Additional Press Coverage of The Tooth Fairy Project

In addition to the above coverage, The Baby Tooth Study has received substantial coverage elsewhere. Its activities and findings have been reported by Newsweek Online, Reuters, ABC News, National Public Radio, BBC, The Discovery Channel, Fox News, Environmental News Network, The Hartford Courant, WCBS radio (New York), all major TV news channels in New York City, numerous Florida newspapers, and various websites including Energy.com and Newsweek.com.

Press Coverage of The Long-Term Health Effects (Baby Boomer) Study

The Long-Term Health Effects (Baby Boomer) Study has also received extensive national coverage.

When RPHP released the story to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a huge flurry of interest from the public ensued. RPHP received 2200 emails and letters from Boomers and their parents, recalling the project, and expressing interest in helping with the current project.

Many other media around the U.S. picked up on the story, including National Public Radio, USA Today, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. The San Francisco Chronicle wrote an editorial supporting the study of just how much above-ground bomb tests had harmed Baby Boomers by studying Sr-90 in their baby teeth.

Dr. Gould was interviewed on November 9th by Noah Adams, a senior host of National Public Radio's All Things Considered. Here Dr. Gould spoke about the importance of the newly discovered 85,000 St. Louis baby teeth.

If You have Real Player, click here to listen to this interview.

Read an Op-ed article by Dr. Gould in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Tooth donors need a checkup

When RPHP has participated in a particular event there is often significant coverage by the local media. For example:

Miami FL, April 9th, 2003, Press Conference
Articles discussing the results of The Baby Tooth Study in Florida:

sun-sentinel.com in South Florida
click10.com/news in Miami
The Palm Beach Post
TV Fox News on line
Miami TV evening news (channels 4, 6, 7, 10, 23 and 51).
West Palm Beach TV evening news (ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox).
TV 4 on Sunday, Public Affairs Forum, with moderator and utility spokesperson.

Valhalla NY, Press Conference, 8/21/03
On high child cancer rates near nuclear plants

New York City TV evening news (NBC and WB)
Westchester County TV evening news (Channel 12 and Regional News Network)
NY Daily News
Westchester Journal-News
North County News

New York City radio (3 stations, including NPR affiliate WNYC)
Other radio (Peekskill FM station)

Examples of Other Popular Articles on The Tooth Fairy Project

Yes! Magazine, 2/03
The Baby Center
The Tooth Doctor

Big Apple Parenting, 4/02
Westchester Parenting, 2/02
E! Magazine, 5/02
Hudson Valley Green Times, 2/02
Mother Jones, 9/01
The Nation, 4/00 and 1/01
Westchester Weekly, 10/00
Journal News (Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam NY Counties online news)