Anti-nuclear group claims cancer rates higher in areas near Indian Point

A study by an anti-nuclear group finds that childhood cancer rates are higher in areas near Indian Point.

The Radiation and Public Health Project published a study about power plants and cancer in the "Archives of Environmental Health." In the report, the group looked at childhood cancer rates in the counties around Indian Point and 13 other east coast nuclear power plants. According to the group's national coordinator, the rates in Westchester and Rockland counties are more than 17 percent above the national average. The information used in the study only looked at numbers countywide and did not show how close the children lived to the plants.

Entergy, the company that owns Indian Point, says other studies conducted have shown no connection between any illnesses and the presence of a nuclear power plant. Also casting doubt on the report was the county's health commissioner, who says although he has not read the report, it clearly does not take into consideration other factors in the childhood cancer rate.

But critics of Indian Point still want to see the plants closed. Assemblyman Richard Brodsky (D-Elmsford) believes the health commissioner needs to read the report before making any final judgment.

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