Radioactive Times

Volume 2, Number 4, June 1998 (synopses only -- send for hard copy if you want to see the whole thing)


Editorial: When is a cluster not a cluster? Full editorial on this site.
As reported in recent issues, the establishment is seeking to implant the idea that all clustering of diseases is insignificant. Street of Doom, a BBC tv documentary screened in June '97 must be seen as part of this effort, and the Broadcasting Standards Commission must be condemned for falling into its intellectual trap. In rejecting a complaint (report in this issue of RaT) BSC has accepted nonsenses which undermine the purpose of epidemiology; for example: the process of examining cases post hoc and trying to correlate them with environmental features has no scientific validity.
and more....

Report on BSC hearing, including bogus mathematical analysis and misleading use of graphics.

LLRC demonstrated that the real excess risk of the Pembroke Road (Northampton)leukaemia cluster is about 250 times, and that the computer simulation used in the Northampton Health Authority report was a gross distortion of the true probability

Genomic instability in mice and men. Recent research shows that a large proportion of cells in cultures irradiated at the lowest doses may become unstable. The present model of radiation risk cannot account for this. This leading article presents an overview of the findings, and confirmation in animal experiments and human epidemiology (post Chernobyl increases in infant leukaemia). See how publication was blocked and researchers were made redundant; and how NRPB seeks to play down the significance of the effect.

Isotope Express suspension of nuclear transport by rail followed news that the flasks "sweat" radioactivity.

COMARE report on Greenham Common ... anodyne in its flavour, and dismissed the possibilty that radiation could be the cause of leukaemia increases in the area. ... they entirely failed to address the high levels of Plutonium in soil and dust ... COMARE's continuing failure to protect the public ... etc etc etc

Campaign against Euratom Directive 96/29 update (see Euratom pages on this website)
15,000 signature petition delivered to Baronness Symons.

The Price of French Nuclear Policy a report in the French journal Science et Vie shows geographical anomalies in cancer rates.
... particularly high rates are found in Normandy and Brittany, the regions closest to the French reprocessing plant at la Hague

Sutton Courtenay - England's Chernobyl? Stalwart researcher Wendy MacLeod Gilford has dug up an AERE report on a 1961 accident in which a pipeline carrying effluent from Harwell to the Thames burst and flooded the village of Sutton Courtenay. Contamination levels were comparable with the permanent evacuation zone around Chernobyl. No wonder Oxford Health Authority is so cagey about releasing the cancer statistics

Winds over Windscale - a "cheap spy novel plot" Where did the fallout from the October 1957 Windscale fire go? Reports at the time said the wind was offshore, so England was not at risk. But by 1974, Roger Clarke, now Director of NRPB, was claiming that the wind had been from the north-west throughout, blowing the pollution inland. When LLRC researchers visited Met Office archives in Bracknell to look for the truth they found that the records had been tampered with, pages cut out and replaced with different paper. These recorded that the anemometer mast at Windscale had been "dismantled". It reappeared in November '57. Scowly's People had not, however, been able to tamper with the Air Ministry's charts which record hourly weather observations from stations all over the country. These showed that as the fire began a front was approaching from the west. Winds were blowing offshore from the fire towards the front, where heavy rain was falling.
Who got wet? The Isle of Man and the east coast of Ireland.
What are they covering up?
Responsibility for a huge increase in mortality rates in Man, which began in 1958. Health anomalies in Ireland since Windscale have been widely publicised.
Full report as published in Radioactive Times

A Bridge too far for the population mixing hypothesis: partial transcript of Costing the Earth (a June 1998 BBC radio 4 documentary) which looked at recent research on low level radiation and health.
Reporter: ... not even COMARE, the Government's own scientific advisers can continue to sustain the argument that the mixing of populations could still be the only cause (of leukaemia clusters around nuclear plant)

International Conference on Low Dose Radiation Effects: Munster (19th - 21st March). Many eminent researchers attended and presented papers showing significant effects of ionising radiation at low doses. The conference ended with a discussion on the difficulties experienced in tring to persuade radiation risk agencies of the dangers. An actor gave an excerpt from Brecht's Galileo. Galileo tries to persude his visitor from the Papal Inquisition to look through his telescope and see for himself the moons of Saturn. The visitor refuses to look; since Aristotle had not described any moons, they could not exist.
E pur si mutate.

Is there something they don't want us to know? Review of Cancer data agencies' reactions to being asked for information relating to polluted areas. Why do they risk even contempt of Court to avoid releasing information?

GBH at Trawsfynydd A demonstration drawing attention to plans to develop the highly radioactive 1200 acre lake in Snowdonia National Park as a tourist resort drew angry reactions from a fisheries boss, who drove his Landrover at demonstrators. CND Cymru's Rod Stallard was lucky to escape with scratches and bruising. Blinky, a three-eyed fish related to Bart Simpson's most famous catch, got off Scot free, as did the driver of the Landrover. Aren't our Policemen wonderful?

Anti-nuclear super heroines Walford and Hipperson in Reading Crown Court

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