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Nuclear trap

We are drifting towards a nuclear nightmare that will distract us from the great developmet of renewables that is our only answer to global warming. Is present nuclear sites are unsuitable, it's inconceivablehat that inland sites will be permitted by local people.

Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research his Department has undertaken into the likely effects on coastally located licensed nuclear sites of (a) coastal erosion and (b) inundation due to sea level rise.

Malcolm Wicks: The Office of Science and Technology (OST) has conducted a major study on the future of flooding and coastal erosion as part of the Foresight Programme, Operators of nuclear sites such as British Nuclear Group and British Energy are responsible for flood defences and for protecting the site against coastal erosion. Nearly all of the sites are situated on the coast and rest behind sea defences, which are maintained to a very high standard. Reviews are made periodically to monitor long-term protection, and regional shoreline management plans have been developed on behalf of the coastal authorities.

Cancer Cluster

SURVEY FINDS REMARKABLE CANCER CLUSTER NEAR NUCLEAR POWER STATION

The Welsh 4th channel S4C revealed the results of a survey in the vicinity of Trawsfynydd nuclear power station in north Wales. Researchers going from door to door administered a questionnaire covering nearly a thousand people of all ages in three communities around the closed-down power plant. The questionnaire asked about cancer within each household during 1996 - 2005. It ascertained levels of cancer which ex-Environment Minister Michael Meacher has described as “sensational". The overall picture is of increased risks of all types of cancer relative to national rates.

All results have high statistical significance. There is an apparently greater effect in the latter part of the study period. This is due to "data leakage" - people becoming lost to the study because they die or move away, or because after the death of the patient the surviving family members move away. The data obtained show clearly that the farther back in time one goes, the less cancer is reported. In addition the relatively small number of lung cancer cases reported is clear evidence of the effect of data leakage, since lung cancer typically accounts for around a quarter of all cancers. It is Therefore very probable that the results for the later period 2003 - 05 reflect the reality of cancer incidence in the locality - a doubled overall risk of cancer with increased relative risks in the younger age groups.