Increased Childhood Cancer Rates Near Nuclear Power Plants

Room: 117
27.08.2010, Friday 15.15 - 16.45

Organizer: IPPNW German affiliate

Moderator Winfrid Eisenberg; co-moderator Malte Andre

Ian Fairlie (GB), an independent consultant on radiation in the environment, will give an input lecture; he has reviewed over 60 studies world-wide dealing with cancer near nuclear reactors. Alfred Körblein (D), a statistician, has been invited to comment; he will add further aspects to be discussed in the workshop.

The hazards of nuclear energy are not only related to uranium mining, catastrophes like Chernobyl and the unsolvable problem of nuclear waste disposal, but also to the normal day-to-day operation of NPPs. The German "KiKK Study" (Childhood cancer near NPPs) demonstrated significantly increased rates of cancer, especially leukaemia, of under fives living near NPPs. Authorities on Radiation Protection claim the radioactive emissions from NPPs were at least 1000 fold too low to cause the excess cancer rates. The workshop will question this statement. The ?factor 1000? might eventually be unmasked as an attempt to whitewash nuclear energy.