The closure of a nuclear reactor could be linked to a long-term decrease in the incidence of cancer.
Since the Rancho Seco nuclear reactor, located in Sacramento County, California, closed in 1989, there have been several thousand fewer cancer deaths in the region.
Results from the first long-term study to examine the impact of the closure of a nuclear reactor on health were published online March 27 in Biomedicine International.
The research was conducted by Joseph Mangano, MPH, MBA, an epidemiologist and executive director of the radiation and public health project in New York City, and Janette Sherman, MD, adjunct professor of environmental studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.
"We believe that further research is now warranted to see if there is a cause and effect relation between the elimination of nuclear emissions from power plants and a significant long-term decline of cancers," Mangano said during a press briefing.
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