Radioactive Times: LLRC Journal

Is Professor Cartwright biased?

Report from Radioactive Times Volume 3, Number 2, October 1999 (content not updated)

Before the UKCCCR meeting on 13th December LLRC put some questions to Professor Cartwright.

1) Given the historical interest in phenomena like Seascale, and given that the first hypothesis of the study included "radiations from man-made sources", it is reasonable to assume that the Study would have looked for real evidence of an association between disease and the man-made isotopes at environmental levels, rather than relying on the "on current knowledge, doses are too low" conclusion. What was the logic of not looking at this?

2) Are you still a member of the organising committee of the British Nuclear Energy Society?

3) In view of your role in the UKCCS and COMARE, an association with BNES seems likely to bring allegations of conflict of interest. Would you care to comment on this?

Just before Radioactive Times went to press Professor Cartwright replied that:
a) he was not a member of the BNES, and (b) he would not comment on the other questions before the meeting.

Note: The programme of a four day conference on low level radiation and health organised by BNES in 1997 lists Professor Cartwright as a member of its organising committee.

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