cancer 'twice as high near Hinkley Point than national average'
Women living downwind from Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station
in the Burnham-On-Sea area are two times more likely of developing
breast cancer than the UK average, experts have claimed this week.
new findings have emerged in a series of scientific studies in
which a team looked at the rates of various cancers in populations
living close to nuclear power stations across the UK.
included Hinkley Point near Burnham, Trawsfynydd power station
in North Wales and Bradwell in Essex.
discovered breast cancer rates, in particular, are higher than
the national averages at all three sites.
Somerset, women face double the risk of developing breast cancer,
according to the study, which was led by Dr Chris Busby, who is
attached to the Latvian Academy of Sciences in Riga.
have studied breast cancer mortality in the wards near the Hinkley
Point nuclear site and found a doubling of risk,' concludes the
results are remarkable and relevant to political decisions about
the Welsh nuclear plant, breast cancer rates are five times higher
than expected according to the study, while Bradwell also sees
cancer rates being two times higher than the national average.
three nuclear power plants are managed by Magnox Ltd, a company
owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, which is responsible
for the decommissioning and clean-up of the UK's civil nuclear
sites on behalf of the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate
spokesman Nigel Monckton told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Comment
on the details of the study is a matter for experts in public
health. However, the radiation exposures of our workforce, and
that of the general public, from authorised discharges from the
nuclear industry, are well below the maximum levels authorised
by independent regulatory bodies. The limits are set to ensure
members of the public are properly protected."
Jill Meara, Director of PUblic Health England's Centre for Radiation,
Chemical and Environmental Hazards, (CRCE) added: "Identification
of disease clusters are matters for local public health teams.
If those teams need specialist support, such as in radiation epidemiology,
they can talk to CRCE for assistance."
full findings have been published in the Jacobs Journal of Epidemiology
and Preventative Medicine.