Downwinders say fallout study numbers don't add up

Wilkinson, Brett
February 2006
High Country News;2/20/2006, Vol. 38 Issue 3, p6
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.


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