Friday, August 28, 2009

"Nuclear Power Plants Don't Cause Cancer"

Clean Energy Insight busts out the myth that nuclear power plants cause cancer:

Regulations imposed on nuclear power plants ensure that both the surrounding population and the workers within plants are exposed to only low levels of radiation. The fact of the matter is that the biological effects due to low levels of radiation exposure are so small that they may not even be detectable. The exact effect, however, depends on the specific type and intensity of the radiation exposure.
As mentioned earlier, countless studies have shown that populations in close proximity to a nuclear power plant receive negligible levels of radiation exposure relative to general population and are no more susceptible to cancer than the average person.

The key to dispelling this myth is to acknowledge that, as demonstrated:

  1. Any increased risk of cancer around an operating nuclear power plant relies primarily on the adverse effects resulting from any small amount of radiation it might release.
  2. No single person can go through life without experiencing some level of radiation dose on a daily basis.
  3. The levels of radiation emitted at or near a nuclear power plant, and the associated level of risk, are negligible in comparison to that experienced in commonly occurring events and activities experienced by most on a day-to-day basis.
Stop by to check out their compelling numbers and sources.

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