Volume 7, Number 3
September 14, 2007
Published by RPHP
PO Box 60 Unionville, NY 10988
Editor: Joseph Mangano
A note from the Editor: The following
covers the activities of RPHP from May through August, 2007.
NJ REACTOR RELEASED
On June 12, at a press conference in the state capitol in Trenton, New
Jersey, RPHP released a report on health risks of keeping the Oyster
Creek nuclear reactor running. The report kicked off a campaign coordinated
by RPHP to educate leaders and the general public about radioactive
emissions from Oyster Creek and high rates of cancer near the reactor.
RPHPs Joseph Mangano was joined at the
event by Donald Louria MD of the New Jersey Medical School and Rosalie
Bertell PhD of the International Institute of Concern for Public Health.
The campaign is supported by the following New Jersey citizen organizations:
MESSAGE ON NJ REACTOR
Following the announcement of the June 12 report on Oyster Creek, RPHP
embarked on its educational campaign on the health risks of keeping
the reactor in operation. Oyster Creek, located just south of Toms River
NJ, began operating in 1969, and is the oldest of the 104 U.S. reactors.
Its license expires in April 2009, and the AmerGen company has requested
that federal regulators extend the license for an additional 20 years.
Thus far, RPHP has published three editorials
in New Jersey newspapers, given testimony to three government panels,
accepted an invitation to join a future public debate sponsored by the
League of Women Voters, and is preparing for a show on public access
CAMPAIGN ON NY REACTOR TO BE LAUNCHED
On April 30, Entergy Nuclear submitted an application to the U.S. Nuclear
Regulatory Commission, asking for a 20-year license extension for the
two reactors at the Indian Point nuclear plant just north of New York
City. Because of this action, RPHP has decided to begin its second educational
campaign on hazards of continued reactor operations, directed at Indian
For over a decade, RPHP research has
focused on documenting high emission levels from Indian Point, high
levels of Strontium-90 in baby teeth, and high local rates of cancer.
RPHP has been supported by the Westchester County (NY) legislature and
by NY State Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, along with a number of citizen
organizations. A press conference announcing the campaign will be held
in the fall.
EDITORIALS RAISE AWARENESS OF NEW NUKE RISK
During the period May through August 2007, RPHP published four more
newspaper editorials on potential hazards posed by new nuclear reactors.
These op-eds appeared in areas where new reactors have been proposed,
namely Palm Beach FL, Tuscaloosa AL, Hunstville AL, and Salt Lake City
UT. Three additional editorials, in Asbury Park, Newark, and Trenton
NJ, discussed risks of keeping the Oyster Creek reactor operating. The
editorials bring the RPHP total to 21 in 2006-2007, meaning they have
reached over 2 million subscribers.
RADIO DISCUSSION OF NUCLEAR
On August 28, RPHPs Joseph Mangano and Ernest Sternglass appeared on
a show hosted by May Dooley of WBAI-FM radio in New York City. Mangano
and Sternglass spent the hour tracing the history of nuclear reactors
in the U.S., in particular the research that has documented health risks
To contact RPHP please email Joseph Mangano