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29 March 2012
Report Presents Designs for Study of Cancer Risks Near U.S. Nuclear Facilities; Pilot Study Would Assess Feasibility

A proposed study could help determine if there is a link between living near U.S. nuclear facilities and having a higher risk of cancer, but challenges and limitations exist, says a new report from the National Research Council.

To evaluate the feasibility of such a study, the report recommends that a pilot study of seven nuclear facilities be completed first, although the ultimate decision about whether to perform either would be the responsibility of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

More information can be found on the National Academies website.

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