Joseph Mangano, Executive Director, Radiation & Public Health Project, (609) 399-4343
Bette Pierman, Michigan Safe Energy Future—Shoreline Chapter, (269)369-3993
Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear, (240) 462–‐3216
STUDY REVEALS LOW LOCAL DEATH RATES EXCEED STATE RATES SINCE PALISADES ATOMIC REACTOR STARTUP
Van Buren County also has highest death rate for all cancers combined of the 34 most populated Michigan counties
Covert, MI–‐–‐The results of a detailed investigation released today reveal potential health hazards from radioactive emissions for residents near Entergy’s Palisades atomic reactor. The study, NUCLEAR CONTAMINATION AND HEALTH RISKS FROM THE ENTERGY PALISADES NUCLEAR REACTOR, was written by Joseph Mangano, MPH, MBA, Executive Director of the Radiation & Public Health Project, and is based on state and federal government health data, as well as documented radioactivity releases and contamination levels.
Mangano’s main findings include that the Van Buren County death rate from all causes was 3 to 6 percent below the state in the 1970s and early 1980s, but has risen since, to a level 12.5% greater than Michigan (2003–‐2010). This change suggests that 1,330 “excess” deaths have occurred in the county since the Palisades atomic reactor started operating in 1971. Elevated levels were observed for all age groups (especially children/young adults), both genders, and all major causes of death. Continue reading Press Release – Study Reveals Low Local Death Rates Exceed State Rates Since Palisades Atomic Reactor Startup