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San Onofre cancer risks to remain unknown

Feds kill study on living near nuclear plants

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station
  • San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station
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The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced on Tuesday (September 8) that it will cease funding on a cancer risk study associated with living near nuclear facilities, including the now-shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

"The NRC determined that continuing the work was impractical, given the significant amount of time and resources needed and the agency’s current budget constraints," according to a commission press release.

"We’re balancing the desire to provide updated answers on cancer risk with our responsibility to use Congressionally-provided funds as wisely as possible," says Brian Sheron, director of the commission’s Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research in the release. "The [National Academy of Sciences] estimates it would be at least the end of the decade before they would possibly have answers for us, and the costs of completing the study were prohibitively high."

Costs on the study, which would have included six active and non-functioning plants, including San Onofre and a Tennessee nuclear fuel facility, were estimated in excess of $8 million. Actual findings on cancer risks, if they were ever released, would have taken until 2025 — 15 years after the aborted project's launch.

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Wouldn't that be something people should know? It's not about funding but what they don't want in evidence.

The NRC can spend big bucks on Industry R&D and PR (including PR specifically designed for school children) while at the same time canceling its widely touted study on the Health effect of living near reactors due to lack of funds!

I'm ashamed of the NRC's decision, this is an epic failure to protect the American public ( especially women and school children), since similar studies in Europe have positively identified that there are health problems associated with living near Reactors.

http://public-blog.nrc-gateway.gov/2015/09/09/back-to-school-the-student-corner/ Cancer Risk Study Canceled at San Onofre (by Morgan Lee, San Diego Union-Tribune) http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2015/sep/09/cancer-risk-study-canceled/

Regulators Halt Study of Cancer Risks at 7 Nuclear Plants (by Stephen Singer, Associated Press) http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/science/regulators-halt-study-of-cancer-risks-at-7-nuclear-plants/

NRC Pulls Plug on Cancer Study near Nuclear Plants (by Christine Legere, Cape Cod Times) http://www.capecodtimes.com/article/20150908/NEWS/150909485

Memo on Analysis of Cancer Risks in Populations near Nuclear Facilities Study (Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff) (pdf) http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ml1514/ML15141A404.pdf

#SanOnofreGate The new hashtag that will allow you to keep up to date on the ongoing investigation into the multi-billion $ SCE-CPUC ripoff.

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