NEI questions value of study on health risks near reactors

The Nuclear Energy Institute criticized a proposed pilot study by the National Academy of Sciences that would examine cancer risks near nuclear plants using data from Dominion's Millstone nuclear plant in Connecticut and five other facilities. "The committee is recommending that significant resources be applied to a project that is looking for a needle in a haystack -- when a needle may not even be there in the first place," said Ralph Andersen, chief health physicist at NEI. "Based on our initial review of the report, it is not clear how the recommended study would produce scientifically defensible results that would serve to allay public concerns."

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