Georgia WAND to speak at National Academy of Sciences committee meeting on nuclear plants and cancer risks
For Immediate Release
May 19, 2011
Representatives from Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions (Georgia WAND) will attend and speak at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s presentation during the National Academy of Sciences’ (NAS) third committee meeting of the NRC-sponsored study, “Analysis of Cancer Risks in Populations Near Nuclear Facilities: Phase 1.”
Georgia WAND will facilitate the participation of members from Shell Bluff, a community located near Georgia Power’s nuclear Plant Vogtle. A primary concern of Shell Bluff residents is the compromised quality of health and lack of safety to which they are subject due to the presence of Plant Vogtle in their community further impacted by their close proximity to the Savannah River Site in neighboring South Carolina. Members of the Shell Bluff community will be in attendance to speak about their experiences, concerns, and goals for a future of environmental responsibility.
“We’re pleased the National Academy and the NRC are coming to Atlanta for this cancer analysis with limited public participation. We need additional scrutiny on the Savannah River Site area that includes the nuclear reactors at Vogtle in Burke County, Georgia. I hope the National Academy will seriously consider how these high risk nuclear dumps by the riverside have impacted the health of those living downwind and downstream for decades.” Bobbie Paul, Executive Director, Georgia WAND said.
The meeting’s public session will take place May 23 at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel, located at One Hartsfield Centre Parkway in Atlanta.
In the morning session, the NRC will explain the agency’s oversight of the nuclear fuel cycle and civilian nuclear fuel facilities, and be available to answer committee member questions. Georgia WAND and its community affiliates will be particularly interested in raising the issues of environmental monitoring, accountability for the poor health of affected communities, and the added health stressors that will result from the addition of two new reactors at Plant Vogtle during this session.
In the afternoon session, the committee will hear presentations from speakers from other organizations on U.S. cancer registries and issues that could affect the designs and methods of the NRC-requested work.
In alignment with the requests of the NRC, Georgia WAND is particularly concerned with the deteriorating health of communities located near nuclear facilities. Georgia WAND is committed to working closely with and aiding in the political organization of communities that have experienced increasing rates of cancer and other health complications due to the high levels of radiation in these areas.
Phase 1 of the NAS study will determine whether a technically defensible approach to meet the goals of the study request is feasible—and if so, the approach will be developed using scientifically sound processes for evaluating cancer risk that could be associated with nuclear facilities.