of Women Voters
Of Ocean County, NJ
For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Gail Marsh Saxer
“Pros and Cons of the Public Health Effects of Radiation
at Oyster Creek”
Alec Baldwin, Actor/Activist to
Address Ocean County Citizens
League of Women Voters of Ocean County and the
Ocean County Library
Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 6:30 p.m.
Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library,
Mancini Hall, 101 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ
Pros and Cons of the Public Health Effects
of Radiation at Oyster Creek
The League of Women Voters of Ocean County and the Ocean
County Library will cosponsor a Community Dialogue about radiation emission
at the Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant and its effect on the health and safety
of Ocean County citizens.
Confirmed panelists are Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA, Executive
Director of the Radiation and Public Health Project in New York, Dr.
Donald B. Louria, Professor and Chairman Emeritus of the Department
of Preventive Medicine Community Health at UMDNJ in Newark and Alec
Also invited are Dr.Letty Goodman Lutzker, Chief of Nuclear
Medicine, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, NJ, representatives
from the Nuclear Energy Institute in Washington, DC, from New Jersey
Affordable, Clear, Reliable Energy Coalition (NJACRE), the lobbying
firm hired by Exelon, from AmerGen (Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant,) from
the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC, and from CASEnergy, a Washington
DC organization that supports nuclear power, from the Health Physics
Society and from the American Nuclear Society. To date, none of theses
organizations have a staff person available to participate in the Community
Since the atomic age began, there has been
considerable debate about the health risks of low-dose exposures
to atomic bomb test fallout and emissions from nuclear reactors.
With advances in research technology, studies document increased
rates of childhood cancer near nuclear facilities; confirm the
previous underestimation of risks by as much as 10 times; and
the elevated risk to fetus and infants. Past
studies were based on results of testing adult males and did not
include women, pregnant women or fetuses and infants. This group
is the most vulnerable.
Information on the Speakers
is a graduate of New York University, and an accomplished actor in film,
theatre, and television. He has long been involved in public issues,
including health and the environment.
For nearly a decade, he has devoted much time to the issue of radiation
health risks. He was a Board member of the Long Island-based Standing
for Truth About Radiation, which helped in the permanent closing of
nuclear reactors at the Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Mr. Baldwin has been a long-time supporter of the Radiation and Public
Health Project research group, especially in its study of radioactive
Strontium-90 in baby teeth. He has taken a particular interest in the
Oyster Creek nuclear reactor and has made numerous visits to the Garden
State to speak out publicly against the hazards of keeping it running.
Mangano, MPH, MBA, is a health researcher and Executive Director
of the Radiation and Public Health Project (RPHP), which conducts research
and education on health risks of nuclear reactors. Mr. Mangano has served
RPHP since 1989. He has published 23 articles in medical journals that
have been reviewed and approved for publication by experts. He is author
of the book “Low Level Radiation and Immune System Damage: An
Atomic Era Legacy” (Lewis 1998), and co-author of “The Enemy
Within: Nuclear Reactors” (Four Walls Eight Windows 1996). His
work has found a consistent pattern of increased cancer rates after
nuclear reactors begun operating, and decreased rates after they shut
Mr. Mangano played a major role in the RPHP study of Strontium-90 in
baby teeth, the only study ever to examine radioactivity levels in bodies
of Americans living near nuclear plants. The study found the highest
Sr-90 levels closest to plants, rising levels since the late 1980s,
and high levels in children with cancer.
Mr. Mangano has participated in 20 press conferences and presented testimony
to 17 government panels. He has also written 25 editorials in U.S. newspapers
in 2006-2007, most of them discussing the health risks of building new
nuclear reactors. Because of his efforts, RPHP work has been extensively
covered by media including The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, NPR and
BBC. He received master’s degrees in public health from the University
of North Carolina and in business administration from Fordham University.
Donald B. Louria, MD
is Professor and Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Preventive Medicine
and Community Health at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of
New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School.
Dr Louria earned his medical degree at Harvard Medical School and served
an internship and residency in Medicine at The New York Hospital in
New York City. Before joining UMDNJ, he was Associate Professor in Medicine
at Cornell University Medical College and Director of the Infectious
Disease Service on the Cornell Division at Bellevue Hospital.
Dr Louria is a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, the Infectious
Disease Society of America, the American College of Preventive Medicine,
a Master of the American College of Physicians, and a member of the
American Society for Clinical Investigation.
He is recipient of the Rosenthal Foundation Award of the American College
of Physicians, the Dennis J. Sullivan Award of the New Jersey Public
Health Association, and the New Jersey Governor’s Award.
Dr Louria’s major research and clinical interests are: fungal
infections; superinfection; infections in aging; infections in compromised
host; drug abuse; heath promotion-disease prevention; HIV epidemiology.
In recent years, as a futurist, he has focused on: the consequences
of extraordinary life extension; and the need for systems thinking in
our educational system if the society is to thrive.
Dr Louria’s program of health promotion and disease prevention,
the Healthful Life Program, is now law in New Jersey as the Health Wellness
Promotion Act. He served two terms as Chair of the Advisory Board to
Dr Louria is the author of six books, two short stories, eighty-five
chapters in texts or monographs, and over three hundred fifty articles
in peer reviewed medical journals.
Currently, he is Chair of the New Jersey Higher Education Partnership
for Sustainability Committee at UMDNJ, and has just submitted a comprehensive
energy conservation and environmental protection program to the administration
of UMDNJ for implementation. He is a Board member of the Nuclear Policy
Research Institute and is now involved in developing a road map for
a sustainable energy future in the United States and around the world.
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