Friday, 4 December 2009

Infant leukaemia fears lead to calls for nuclear plant rethink

A radioactivity expert said a study on infant leukaemia close to nuclear power stations should be better known among people living near sites where new plants are planned.

Dr Ian Fairlie also called on the Government to rethink its position on building the next generation of stations because of health fears when he spoke at a lecture in Oldbury-on-Severn, near Thornbury.

Dr Fairlie, an independent consultant on radioactivity in the environment, was invited to the village by campaigners fighting proposals to build a new nuclear station just north of the existing Oldbury plant.

Power firms Eon UK and RWE npower have formed Horizon Nuclear Power to build the station in Shepperdine – one of 10 sites recently named by the Government as meeting requirements for next generation reactors.

Shepperdine Against Nuclear Energy (SANE) is concerned about the massive projec and the lecture was one of a series it has organised on issues from the economics and politics of nuclear energy to health concerns. Dr Fairlie said he had been shocked at the findings of the study, which was commissioned by the German government. It found an increase in childhood leukaemia near all the country's reactors.

Article found HERE on the "This is" website.

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