United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

TH29 Analysis of Cancer Risk in Populations Living Near Nuclear Facilities

In 2010, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) had requested the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to update the 1990 U.S. National Institutes of Health - National Cancer Institute (NCI) report, “Cancer in Populations Living Near Nuclear Facilities.” The NRC staff uses the NCI report as a primary resource when communicating with the public about cancer mortality risk in counties that contain or are adjacent to nuclear power facilities. In the new study, NRC is also interested in having the NAS evaluate cancer diagnosis rates as well as exploring how to divide the study areas around the facilities into geographical units smaller than the counties used in the NCI report. This session will provide a historical context of NRC’s request to NAS with an introduction of the study committee and study schedule. In addition, speakers from various perspectives will present their views on the study including the experience of the State of Connecticut in performing a similar study to address citizen concerns.



Kathy Halvey Gibson, Deputy Director, Division of Systems Analysis, NRC/RES





Vered Anzenberg, NRC/RES, tel: (301) 251-7546, e-mail: Vered.Anzenberg@nrc.gov

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