Cancer risks studied near 7 US nuclear sites

(AP)—Federal regulators say a pilot study of cancer risks posed to residents near seven nuclear power sites in the United States will update 22-year-old data, but an industry group predicts the study won't come up with anything new.

The says it will study cancer types in infants and the general population near six and a nuclear-fuel plant for the Navy. The $2 million study is expected to begin in the next three months and continue at least into 2014.

The Nuclear Energy Institute, an industry group, opposes the study, saying it won't likely provide any meaningful data.

The sites are in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey and Tennessee.


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Oct 24, 2012
They should also study residents near coal, oil, and natural gas fired plants, along with the processing plants related to those fuels.

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