Nuclear Five-Year Cancer Study Halted

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Federal regulators are halting a five-year study of the
risk of cancer in communities around six U.S. nuclear plants and a nuclear fuel
site.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Tuesday remaining work on a pilot study
would take too long, at more than three years, and cost too much, at $8 million.
It’s already spent $1.5 million. Completing the pilot study and subsequent
nationwide reviews could take eight to 10 years.

The commission said radiation releases, when they occur, are too small to cause
observable increases in cancer risk.

Anti-nuclear power group Beyond Nuclear said halting the study is outrageous
and that funding it is a legitimate cost.

Nuclear sites to be studied included active and decommissioned plants in
California, Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan and New Jersey and a nuclear fuel
fabrication plant in Tennessee.

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