Volume 4, Number 2
August 27, 2004
Published by RPHP
PO Box 60 Unionville, NY 10988
Editor: Joseph Mangano
A note from the editor:
The following covers activities of the Radiation and Public Health Project
(RPHP) From January through August of 2004.
NEW JERSEY CANCER TEETH COLLECTED,
RPHP has collected 55 baby teeth from New Jersey children who have cancer
during the first half of 2004. Most teeth were obtained by a mailing
to each member of the Tomorrow Children's Fund cancer support group,
at the request of Hackensack University Medical Center's Deirdre Imus.
The teeth are now being tested for levels
of radioactive Strontium-90 to understand whether children with cancer
have higher in-body radiation levels than healthy children. Results
of the project, funded with a $25,000 grant appropriated by the New
Jersey state legislature, will be shared with the public this fall.
The total number of cancer teeth collected
by RPHP has now reached 157, the majority of which are from northern
New Jersey and southern Florida.
THREE MILE ISLAND ARTICLE PUBLISHED
In August, RPHP's Joseph Mangano published an article on the largely
incomplete research of health effects near Three Mile Island. The article
appeared in the latest edition of the Bulletin of the Atomic
Scientists, and can be accessed on the internet at www.thebulletin.org/issues/2004/so04/so04mangano.html.
Mangano pointed out that no journal articles
have ever been published on local trends of many disorders sensitive
to radiation, including low weight births, infant deaths, childhood
cancer, and thyroid cancer.
Mangano was inspired to write the article
as he prepared a presentation at the Three Mile Island site in March,
on the 25th anniversary of the largest nuclear accident in U.S. history.
A press conference was held in the Pennsylvania state capitol building
on August 17 discussing the importance of the contents of the article.
COMPREHENSIVE TOOTH ARTICLE PUBLISHED
Up-to-date results of the RPHP baby tooth study were published in January,
in the journal Science
of the Total Environment. The article featured two
major findings. First, counties closest to nuclear plants have about
a 30-50% higher average level of Strontium-90 than other counties in
the same states. Second, average Sr-90 levels near nuclear plants have
risen in the 1990s near each plant, by about 50%.
At the time of publication, RPHP had
tested about 3500 baby teeth (the current number is about 4000), mostly
near seven U.S. nuclear plants including Diablo Canyon in California;
St. Lucie and Turkey Point in Florida; Oyster Creek in New Jersey; Brookhaven
and Indian Point in New York; and Limerick in Pennsylvania.
This publication, along with the one
on Three Mile Island this summer, brings the RPHP total of articles
in medical journals and conference proceedings to 20 since 1994. Articles
must undergo a rigorous peer review process from experts before they
are allowed to be published.
RPHP CONTINUES TO RECEIVE MEDIA
In the first half of 2004, news stories on RPHP appeared in various
publications. These included USA
Today (January), Z magazine,
online (April), E! magazine (April), and the
Asbury Park Press (June). Channel 3 in Hartford,
a CBS affiliate, also ran a story on the group's activities in February.
NEW RPHP WEB SITE GOES LIVE
The new RPHP web site went live on June 23, after much hard work by
the consulting firm of Velir Studios. The site's address is the same
as before: www.radiation.org
The site's information architecture is
now much more robust, coupled with a user-friendly environment with
new graphics and interface design. What all this means to the visitor
is that the site is better organized and does a much better job of presenting
RPHP's many aspects.
New features include
Since the new site opened we have had
1239 new visitors from 74 countries.
Please take some time to visit the site
and browse around. We think you will be pleasantly surprised. And please
feel free to sign our mailing list by clicking on "mailing list"
on the bottom menu.
This new site was made possible through
a generous grant from Marjorie Roswell.
NEW GOVERNMENT FUNDS RECEIVED
RPHP received a $5,000 appropriation from New York State Assemblyman
Richard Brodsky, a long-time RPHP supporter who is concerned with safety
issues linked to the Indian Point nuclear plant.
INFORMATION PROVIDED ON LICENSE
RPHP provided information on the health of populations living near two
nuclear plants early in 2004, and local activists used these data in
public hearings. The federal government is considering extending licenses
of these plants (Millstone in Connecticut and Dresden in Illinois) an
additional 20 years beyond their current 40-year limit. The first 26
applications filed by utilities to extend licenses have all been approved
by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which has paid little
consideration to disease rates in local residents.
DONATION MADE TO RPHP
Two New Jersey residents concerned about cancer asked their wedding
guests to contribute to RPHP instead of gifts. Paulo and Mariana Madeira
found out about RPHP through a friend who works for the Hackensack University
Medical Center's chief executive officer. Mariana, who lost both parents
to cancer, wanted to make a donation to a worthy organization that will
lower future cancer rates by finding out causes of the disease. The
couple recently presented RPHP with a check for $1000.
Newsletter Edited by Joseph Mangano, RPHP National
To contact RPHP please email Joseph Mangano at firstname.lastname@example.org.