Increased childhood cancer near nuclear reactor in Wales

There was a recent  article in the Daily Mail (h/t to Harvey) that reported on the increased incidence of childhood cancer in a town in Wales close to a nuclear reactor.   There is a plea for the British to release information, but they have refused to do so.

A Euro MP has called on the Government to release figures after a new study suggested people living near nuclear power stations stood a high risk of developing cancer.  Radiation expert and independent researcher for Green Audit Dr Chris Busby found that children in Chepstow, south Wales, were 11 times more likely to develop myeloid leukaemia than the national average. Chepstow is just five miles from Oldbury nuclear power station on the banks of the River Severn, which has been found to contain high levels of radioactive particles.  South West MEP Michael Holmes, who commissioned Dr Busby’s report, said: “It is imperative that Health Minister Alan Milburn releases data on all cancer incidence down to ward levels as a matter of grave public concern.  “How many more clusters will have to be discovered before this government recognises that its existing models do not address the environmental causes of cancer, particularly the regular, permitted radioactive discharges from nuclear power stations such as Oldbury?  “It’s possible the authorities know this is a much bigger threat then they are letting the public know – that’s why they don’t let the figures out.  “If the data Dr Busby had access to is correct and his mapping is correct it casts grave doubt on the view that nuclear power is safe.”

There seems to be an ongoing coverup of the dangers of living near reactors, even if they do not have catastrophic failures.


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