Informal mining of radioactive dumps linked to cancer rise

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

ORLOVKA, 1 March 2006 (IRIN) - Hundreds of people dressed in dirty clothes and masks are digging in a refuse site for lumps of silicon just 10 metres from a radioactive waste dump in the northern Kyrgyz village of Orlovka, 100 km east of the capital, Bishkek.

Through the stench of rotting rubbish and the dust, “miners” sitting around eating and drinking become aggressive when asked if they are aware of the dangers they face.

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Power station may cause leukemia

Monday, April 30, 2001

Children living across the river from Oldbury Power Station may be far more likely to die of leukemia.

A leading expert claims new evidence gathered around the power station in South Gloucestershire could undermine the whole nuclear industry.

The study says that children living across the River Severn in Chepstow are 11 times more likely to die of leukemia than the national average.

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Baby teeth clues to 'nuclear cancer'

Thursday, April 5, 2001

US scientists want British parents to keep their children's baby teeth to help them test a link between nuclear power and cancer.

They claim that children who live near nuclear power stations could be at a greater risk of cancer, and that the teeth will reveal how much radioactivity they have received.

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