National Academy starts NRC-backed cancer risk study

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has started initial planning for a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)-backed study of cancer risks for people living near six U.S. nuclear power plants and a nuclear fuel-cycle facility.

The NRC is asking the Academy to carry out this pilot to help the agency determine whether to extend the study to additional U.S. reactors and fuel-cycle sites.

The study will evaluate cancer risks in populations living around several active nuclear plants as well as closed or decommissioned nuclear plants along the Nuclear Fuel Services (NFS) facility in Erwin, Tenn.

The three active nuclear stations are:

• The Exelon (NYSE:EXC) 2,000-MW Dresden station in Morris, Ill.;

• Exelon’s 500-MW Oyster Creek plant in Forked River, N.J.; and,

• The Dominion (NYSE:D) 2,100-MW Millstone station in Waterford, Conn.

The Dresden and Millstone sites include both operating reactors and a decommissioned reactor.

NAS staff will be holding meetings in the next few months regarding the pilot study; meeting information will be posted 10 days before the meeting on the NAS website: http://dels.nas.edu/global/nrsb/CancerRisk.

The plants no longer operating include:

• The Connecticut Yankee or Haddam Neck (decommissioned), Haddam Neck, Conn.

CMS Energy (NYSE:CMS) Big Rock Point plant (decommissioned), Charlevoix, Mich.

• The Edison International (NYSE:EIX) San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (permanently shut down), in San Clemente, Calif.

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