A European Union project being carried on by the GSF Research Center for Health and Environment has been examining radiation in several areas of Russia caused by discharge of hazardous wastes. The Southern Urals Radiation Research team is conducting extensive tests and reviewing death and health records of Russian workers exposed to high levels of radiation. They are reaching an unusual conclusion which will create considerable controversy within the scientific community and for those who oppose construction of nuclear plants. For example, in studying health records of Russian workers at a particular plant it was discovered of the 6,293 men in the study, only 301 died of lung cancer and of those only 100 died from exposure to radiation. They also found normal mortality rates among farm families who lived downstream from nuclear plants which discharged hazardous wastes into the rivers.
The new study undoubtedly raises questions and issues which will excite or anger people. This writer lacks sufficient scientific knowledge to make any judgment on the conclusions of the study.