Karl W B Schwarz – 2006-05-11 08:27:51
]There have been numerous nuclear exposure incidents in the United States as a result of air and surface testing, firing of DU type weapons, contamination releases from manufacturing and laboratory facilities.
If you caught the news May 8 there was a nuclear incident near Flagstaff, Arizona when a tractor trailer rig carrying nuclear waste hit another tractor rig. One dead, one critically injured, and no word from the Feds if nuclear waste was spilled in the accident.
Some reports regarding the full implementation of the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Storage facility in Nevada indicates that up to 50 million Americans would have nuclear waste transported within one-half mile from where they live. Yes, they plan to ship this waste on our freeways to get it to Yucca Mountain and there would be many loads each year, many chances for massive accidents and spills.
These are some of those many things that the United States government likes to keep quiet and also reasons that they can and will ignore the elephant in the living room to keep lying to you. They want you to keep ignoring the elephant in your living room too.
The policies of our government are detrimental to your health, not beneficial.
Legend for “Percent Increase in Cancer Incidence,
Cancer Mortality, and Other Health Effects
of Human Exposure to Ionizing Radiation”
1. 1500% increase in incidence of testicular and ovarian cancer in children on Navaho reservation in uranium mining area
2. 500% increase in bone cancer in children affected by uranium
3. 250% increase in leukemia (all ages) in the Navaho population
4. 200% increase in each of the following non-cancer effects: miscarriage, infant death, congenital defects, genetic abnormalities, learning disorders.
Baseline for 1-4: Navajo residents living near Uranium facilities were compared to Navajo residents in non-uranium areas
5. 500% increase in birth defects when compared to the national average.
(Southwest Research and Information Center. “Uranium Legacy.” The Workbook, v 8, no 6. Albuquerque, NM: 1983.)
6. 400% increase in leukemia incidence in the population living downwind of the Pilgrim nuclear power reactor in Massachusetts in the first 5 years after fuel was know to have leaked excess radioactivity.
Baseline: Disease in population before and after Pilgrim radioactive releases and comparison to upwind population.
(Morris M. Knorr R. The Southeastern Massachusetts Health Study 1978-1986-Report of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. October 1990. See also: Clapp R. Cobb S. et al. “Leukemia Near Massachusetts Nuclear Power Plant.” Letter in Lancet. December 5, 1987.)
7. 300—400% increase in lung cancer in the general population within the plume of the Three Mile Island accident releases
8. 600—700% increase in leukemia in the general population within the plume of Three Mile Island accident releases Baseline: Disease in population upwind (out of the radiation plume path) is compared to disease in population downwind (in the pollution plume.)
(Wing S. Richardson D. et al. “A Reevaluation of Cancer Incidence Near the Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant: The Collision of Evidence and Assumptions.” Environmental Health Perspectives, v 105, no 1. National Institutes of Health. Bethesda, Maryland. January 1997.)
9. 50% increase in childhood cancer incidence in the Three Mile Island area for each 10 millirem increase in radiation exposure per year.
Baseline: Children living with different radiation levels are compared for evidence of disease.
(Hatch M. et al. “Background Gamma Radiation and Childhood Cancers Within Ten Miles of a US Nuclear Power Plant.” International Journal of Epidemiology, v 19, no 3. 1990.)
10. 8000% increase in thyroid cancer in Belarussian children living near Chernobyl, reported 6 years after the meltdown.
Baseline: Comparison of population health before and after the Chernobyl explosion.
(Hudson RL. “Child Cancers Found to Rise Near Chernobyl.” The Wall Street Journal. September 3, 1992. The article they quote was published in Nature on the same day and was researched by the World Health Organization.)
Further effects found in victims of the Chernobyl accident less than ten years after the meltdown
11. 500% increase in thyroid cancer in Ukrainian children.
12. 75% increased incidence of heart disease
13. 200% increase in respiratory and digestive disease
14. 200% increase in birth defects
15. 200% increase in spontaneous abortions
Baseline: Comparison of population health before and after the Chernobyl explosion
(Rupert J. “Illness Tied to Disaster Still on Rise.” The Washington Post. June 24, 1995.The reporter was quoting Britain’s Imperial Cancer Research Fund, The Ukrainian Health Ministry and the United Nations.)
16. 63% increase in leukemia incidence among workers at Oak Ridge National Laboratories(US) who received very low doses of external (gamma) radiation on the job.
17. 123% increase in leukemia incidence in the same population where there were also very low internal doses of radioactivity
Baseline: Cohort comparison of worker deaths and radiation exposure levels
(Wing S. Shy C. et al. “Mortality Among Workers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Evidence of Radiation Effects in Follow-up Through 1984.” JAMA, v 265 no 11. March 20, 1991.)
18. 80% increase in eight types of cancer deaths in Department of Energy atomic workers exposed to external doses of radiation. Baseline: Various baselines. Usually cohort comparison of workers with various doses and their deaths from resulting diseases were used.
(Mancuso TF. Stewart A. Kneale G. “Radiation Exposures of Hanford Workers Dying From Cancer and Other Causes.” Health Physics, v 33. Pergamon Press, Great Britain. November 1977.)
19. 200% increase in leukemia in children of atomic workers Baseline: The parents of children with cancer were compared for occupation to discern if those adults who worked with radiation had more children with cancer than those who worked in other jobs.
(Roman E. et al. “Case-control Study of Leukemia and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Among Children Aged 0-4 years Living in West Berkshire and North Hampshire Health Districts.” BMJ 1993 #306.)
20. 287% increase in cancer incidence in children of nuclear workers who received internal radiation in England
Baseline: The parents of children with cancer were compared for occupation to discern if those adults who worked with radiation had more children with cancer than those who worked in other jobs.
(Sorahan T. Roberts PJ. “Childhood Cancer and Paternal Exposure to Ionizing Radiation: Preliminary Findings From the Oxford Survey of Childhood Cancers.” American Journal of Industrial Medicine, v 23: 343-354. 1993.)
21. 250% increase in all cancers among atomic workers
22. 190% increase in leukemia incidence
Baseline: General Population
(Kendall. GM. et al. “Mortality and Occupational Exposure to Radiation: First Analysis of the National Registry for Radiation Workers.” BMJ v 304: 220-5. 1992.)
23. 500% increase in childhood leukemia in children visiting the beach once a week near the French nuclear reprocessing facility at LaHague
24. 760% increase in childhood leukemia if they ate the local fish regularly
25. 345% increase in childhood leukemia associated with drinking well water from the vicinity of the nuclear facility
Baseline: Observed leukemia cases were compared to expected leukemia cases.
(Viel JF. Pobel D. Incidence of Leukaemia in Young People Around the La Hague Nuclear Waste Reprocessing Plant: A Sensitivity Analysis.” Statistics in Medicine, v 14: 2459-2472. 1995.)
26. 1200% increase in all cancers exist around the Sellafield, (formerly Windscale) reprocessing facility and of these,
27. 600-1000% increase in leukemia of children whose fathers were exposed to certain amounts of radiation prior to conception
28. 1000% increase in lymphoma was found in children near a reprocessing facility in Cumbria
Baseline: Local and Area Controls
(Gardner et al. “Results of Case-control Study of Leukemia and Lymphoma Among Young People Near Sellafield Nuclear Plant in West Cumbria.” BMJ v 300. February 17, 1990.)
29. 1000% increase in leukemia incidence in children living near a nuclear reprocessing facility
Baseline: Children of the same age in the same area prior to the facility’s operation.
(Heasman et al. “Childhood Leukemia in Northern Scotland.” Lancet, v 1:266. 1986.)
30. 27.3% increase in all cancer deaths among atomic workers exposed to internal doses of radiation
Baseline: Comparison of worker deaths and radiation exposure levels.
(Morgenstern H. Froines J. Epidemiologic Study to Determine Possible Adverse Effects to Rocketdyne/Atomics International Workers from Exposure to Ionizing Radiation. State of California Health and Welfare Agency. June 1997.)
31. 500% increase in leukemia among Utah nuclear bomb test Downwinders
32. 121% increase in thyroid cancer incidence in the same group
33. 200% increase in breast cancer
34. 700% increase in bone cancer
Baseline: Utah Mormons exposed to bomb fallout are compared to all Utah Mormons.
(Johnson CJ. “Cancer Incidence in an Area of Radioactive Fallout Downwind From the Nevada Test Site.” JAMA, v 251 n 2: 231-6. January 13, 1984.)
35. a greater then 120% increase in thyroid cancer in those who drank milk laced with Iodine-131 from atmospheric nuclear weapons tests
Baseline: Estimated cases are based on dose reconstruction where estimated exposures were between 6-112 rads per individual child in the bombs’ plumes.
(Ortmeyer P. Makhijani A. “Let Them Drink Milk.” The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Nov/Dec. 1997.)
36. 200% increase in lung cancer in women who received radiation treatments for breast cancer
Baseline: Breast cancer patients treated with radiation were compared to those who were treated only by other methods.
(Bishop JE. “Study Links Breast Cancer Treatment to Higher Risk of the Disease in Lungs.” The Wall Street Journal, May 14, 1993: B6.)
37. 66—96% increase in early cancer deaths due to background radiation
Baseline: Deaths of children living with different radiation levels are compared for cancer.
(Kneale GW. Stewart AM. “Childhood Cancers in the UK and their Relation to Background Radiation.” Radiation and Health. 1987.)
This list was compiled by Cindy Folkers & Mary Olson on 4/24/98, Nuclear Information & Resource Service, 1424 16 th St, NW Suite 404, Washington, DC 20036 (202)328-0002 — it is arbitrarily based on what studies are on file at NIRS.
A partial list of non-cancer health effects of human exposure to radiation:
Cleft Lip and Palate
Kidney and Liver Damage
Increased Infant Mortality
Genetic Mutations/Chromosomal Aberrations
Even if those percentages were cut in half, it is way above what is normal in the human population.
Nuclear toxicity is deadly, it will ruin your health, and whether you get heavy metal poisoning or radioactive side effects neither are good for your health.
They ignore the consequences of their actions and they want you to ignore it too.
If you remember the lung cancer spike information that came out in March, just look at the numbers above. Such spikes are inevitable as long as they continue to pollute our environment and walk free. The photos of birth defects from Iraq and Afghanistan are to be expected here too and some of our soldiers have already had such tragedies visit their lives.
They have exposed 1.3 million of our soldiers to this deadly DU material in Iraqi Freedom and even more when you factor in Afghanistan, Bosnia and the Desert Storm misadventures. They have exposed tens of millions of Americans that work in the bases, live near enough to be exposed from the test firing of such weapons.
The insanity has gone on long enough and it is time for some rational sane people to lead us out of this mess.