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RPHP Finds Early Evidence of Link Between Japan Fallout and U.S. Infant Death Risk
Click here to view the press release on Philadelphia results
Click here to view the press release on results in the Pacific Northwest
Click here to view the report on results in the Pacific Northwest
Click here to read the article in the June 10-12 edition of Counter Punch

RPHP issues press releases showing fallout from Japan meltdowns entered U.S. air and water, and could soon cause increases in infant, child disease rates, similar to Chernobyl fallout in 1986
Click here to read the March 14 2011 press release
Click here to read the March 21 2011 press release
Click here to read the April 7 2011 press release
RPHP Releases Journal Article Showing Thyroid Cancer Rates Near Indian Point Nuclear Reactors Are Among the Highest in the U.S.
Click here to read the NYC Indian Point Press Release
Click here to read the Piladelphia PA press release

New Study on Cancer Risk from Atomic Bomb Fallout
By Measuring Radiation in Baby Teeth

A new scientific study has found very high levels of radioactive Strontium-90 in baby teeth of U.S. “Baby Boomers” who have died of cancer.  This Sr-90 represents fallout from atomic bomb tests in the 1950s and 1960s.  Results suggest that U.S. cancer deaths from fallout are much greater than the U.S. government estimate of 15,000.

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 press release

Sickest Children Near Indian Point Have Highest In-body Radiation Levels, Says New Study
August 28, 2009--Children living near the Indian Point nuclear plant with multiple health problems have higher levels of radioactivity in their bodies than do healthy children, according to a new survey.
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Push For New Nuclear Power Sputters, But Old Reactors Still Pose Cancer Risks
Nuclear reactors in the United States should be phased out, and replaced by technologies that don’t threaten public health with the emission of radioactive chemicals, urges the Cancer Prevention Coalition. This Press Release is a concise summary of the dangers of old reactors is by Joseph Mangano, Dr. Sam Epstein of University of Illinois-Chicago and Dr. Rosalie Bertell of the International Institute of Concern for Public Health.
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RPHP to Co-Sponsor Thyroid Screening Near Nuclear Plant
RPHP and Screening Devices Canada will be offering people living near the Indian Point nuclear reactors to be screened for low levels of thyroid hormone.
The screening will occur at the Clearwater Festival in Croton on Hudson NY, June 20-21.Click here to read the press release

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.
Click here to read the press release

On May 13, 2008, RPHP held a press conference on health risks of Indian Point to Fairfield County CT, releasing a new report on the health risks Indian Point poses to Connecticut. Speakers included Joseph Mangano, Connecticut activist and breast cancer survivor Gail Merrill, and Fairfield Town official Larry Kaley.
Visit our education page to read the executive summary, full report and our press coverage.

A public forum on the health risks of keeping the Oyster Creek nuclear plant running for 20 more years
The forum was held on February 20, 2008 in Toms River NJ. Particpants included Alec Baldwin, Joseph Mangano, Dr. Donald Louria, and Gail Saxer of the Ocean County NJ League of Women Voters.
Click here for the Press Release

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 Press Release

March 28, 2006, State Capitol Building, Trenton New Jersey
A new study, by Joseph Mangano, published in the International Journal of Health Services, finds that radioactive releases from Oyster Creek reactor have significant public health consequences, and that these consequences suggest that the facility not be re-licensed.

Click here to read the entire Press Release

Health Risk Linked To Same Chemical Found In Groundwater

March 28, 2006, State Capitol Building, Trenton New Jersey
Cancer in children living near the Indian Point nuclear plant rose just four years after increases in radioactive Strontium-90 in bodies of local children were found, according to a new medical journal article released today.

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November 14, 2005, Harrisburg, PA
This press release announces the beginning of collecting and studing baby teeth near the Three Mile Island nuclear plant.
“This project will accomplish two goals,” said Joseph Mangano RPHP National Coordinator. “For the first time, we can understand how much radioactivity Three Mile Island has added to people’s bodies. And we can also determine if it is contributing to high local cancer rates.”
Click here to read the entire Press Release.


April 11, 2005, Philadelphia, PA
This press release notes that the Philadelphia area has the largest concentration of nuclear reactors in the US, along with northern Illinois. Childhood cancer rates are examined near Limerick before and after start-up. Childhood cancer mortality increased in both Montgomery and Philadelphia counties for leukemia (16.0% and 46.4%) and all cancers (48.0% and 22.3%). During the same period, national rates of childhood cancer deaths dropped sharply, making these findings significant. Childhood cancer in the two counties went from below to well above national rates after Limerick startup.
The report notes also that of the 60 most populated counties in the US, Philadelphia has the highest adult cancer death rate from 1999-2002.
Click here to read the entire Press Release

February 16, 2005
The study found that radioactive Strontium-90 in baby teeth is 20 to 50% higher near nuclear plants (including Oyster Creek in Ocean County) has risen 50% since the late 1980s, and may be higher in children with cancer. Results were discussed by Joseph Mangano of the Radiation and Public Health Project (RPHP), which conducted the project. Mangano was invited to testify by the Commission on Radiation Protection.

Click here to read the entire press release
Click here to read Joseph Mangano's testimony

Infant Deaths And Childhood Cancer Drop Dramatically After Nuclear Plants Close
November 30, 2001, New York, NY
Long-term health benefits provide another reason to end experiment with nuclear power. Dramatic declines in local infant death and childhood cancer rates occurred soon after the closing of eight nuclear power plants, according to a new report announced by New York State Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, Radiation and Public Health Project, and the STAR Foundation. The study documents a 17.4% reduction in infant mortality in the downwind counties within 40 miles two years after reactor closing, compared to a national decline of just 6.4%.

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November 2, 2000
Testimony to Westchester County health committee indicates that Indian Point nuclear reactors are possible cause: Our presentation to the Westchester County Legislature Health Committee: A Study Comparing Radioactive Strontium-90 In Baby Teeth With Cancer Rates In Westchester County.
Read the entire press release
Media Advisory
Statement of Support from U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY)
Westchester becomes the second county to fund the RPHP Baby Tooth Project