TITLE

WHAT THE FIGHT IS ALL ABOUT

AUTHOR(S)
McCally, Michael
PUB. DATE
September 1990
SOURCE
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists;Sep1990, Vol. 46 Issue 7, p11
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Discusses the radiation threat from nuclear power plants. At least three major nuclear reactor accidents have occurred since the advent of nuclear power: at Windscale (now SellA nfield) in England in 1957, at the Three Mile Island plant in Pennsylvania in 1979, and at Chernobyl in the Soviet Union in 1986. After each accident, scientists rushed to answer the public's urgent question: how many cancers might result in the long run from the release of radioactivity? The expert estimates varied widely. After the Chernobyl explosion most scientists predicted between 2,000 and 50,000 "excess" cancers--increases above those normally expected--in Europe and the western Soviet Union. Adding to the public confusion about radiation danger, medical research has recently produced new evidence that low-level radiation carries health hazards, and radiation protection standards are being revised accordingly.
ACCESSION #
9010222719

 

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