TITLE

Downwinders say fallout study numbers don't add up

AUTHOR(S)
Wilkinson, Brett
PUB. DATE
February 2006
SOURCE
High Country News;2/20/2006, Vol. 38 Issue 3, p6
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act. The nuclear bomb tests of the 1950s exposed about 140 million Americans to radioactive fallout. A study estimated that thirty million have died or would soon die of cancer. The National Cancer Institute published a research that only a fraction or not more than 16,000 of the cases are attributed to nuclear fallout. This study might support a recommendation by the National Academy of Sciences to scrap the geography-based standards of the RCA. Fallout victim's advocates are worrying that these recommendations would decrease the downwind covered by federal compensation act.
ACCESSION #
20417030

 

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