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NRC excludes Georgia from cancer study

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced this week that they will commission a study on communities near nuclear sites to be conducted by the National Academy of Sciences.

Georgia WAND staff and board testified at National Academy of Science hearings, urging the scientist to include the Vogtle site, known for cancer clusters, in their study and the Hatch site. But no sites in Georgia will be included in the study.

The sites include Dresden Nuclear Power Station, Morris, IL, Millstone Power Station, Waterford, CT, Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station, Forked River, NJ, Haddam Neck (decommissioned), Haddam Neck, CT, Big Rock Point Nuclear Power Plant (decommissioned), Charlevoix, MI, San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, San Clemente, CA, Nuclear Fuel Services, Erwin, TN (operating uranium fuel fabrication facility.

“The NRC estimates the pilot study will take 2-3 years to complete and will cost approximately 2 million dollars.  After the pilot study, staff will review the results, effort, and cost to determine if the study should be expanded,” Roger Hannah, NRC Senior Public Affairs officer told Georgia WAND.

If the study is expanded, the NRC says, it will be expanded to include every reactor site in the U.S.

Georgia WAND will continue to advocate for both environmental testing and cancer studies near nuclear sites in our state. The communities downwind and downstream of these sites want answers.

“My people perish from lack of knowledge,” Annie Laura Stephens, who lives less than five miles from Plant Vogtle, says.

With the first two nuclear reactors in the U.S. in 30 years currently under construction in Georgia, these communities do not have time to wait to see if the NRC will deem their case important, they need to know now why the cancer rates are so high in their areas, and what, if anything, is contaminating their drinking water, crops and river.

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