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Scientist quells Sellafield disaster fear | Manchester Evening News - menmedia.co.uk
AN accident at the Sellafield nuclear complex would contaminate Ireland's environment, but the country would not suffer deaths and devastation on the scale of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, says Ireland's top nuclear expert.

Dr Ann McGarry, chief of the Radiological Protection Institute, reassured members of a Dail parliament committee that the island would not be "wiped out" if dangerous radioactive material escaped from the Cumbrian plant.

TDs said they feared a "doomsday scenario" in the event of explosions or a terrorist attack on Sellafield, which the Irish Government wants to be shut down.

Chernobyl

But Dr McGarry told the committee in Dublin: "It's certainly not the case that we would have the devastation that's within the 30km exclusion zone around Chernobyl.

"Even if there was a worst-case scenario, there is no doubt that our environment would become contaminated and that it would have very serious economic consequences for us.


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 29th, 2011 at 08:34:54 AM EST
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BBC ON THIS DAY | 23 | 1984: Sellafield 'not linked' to cancer cluster
A government report into cancer levels near the controversial nuclear plant at Sellafield in Cumbria has confirmed suspicions of higher-than-normal levels of leukaemia in the area.

However, it says, too little research has been done to definitely link the high levels of the disease to the nuclear plant itself.

The report was commissioned to address concerns following a television documentary last year which suggested there was a cluster of cancer cases in the area around Sellafield.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 29th, 2011 at 08:39:02 AM EST
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He said the theory that the plant was a factor in the high rate of leukaemia could not be categorically dismissed, but nor was it easy to prove.


It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Mar 29th, 2011 at 09:21:24 AM EST
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No, though it's dishonest as headlines normally are.

"has not been definitely linked to " vs "is definitely linked to".

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Mar 29th, 2011 at 09:25:05 AM EST
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"Link not proved" would be honest. "not linked" is a lie.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Mar 29th, 2011 at 09:27:55 AM EST
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No, because "link not proved" suggests that evidence is strong that the link is there, which isn't true either.  Epidemiology is hard.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Mar 29th, 2011 at 09:31:33 AM EST
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make the lie even worse; they imply that someone asserted the absence of a link.

If I were the expert quoted, I would be mightily offended.

Epidemiology is hard, epistemology is even harder.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Mar 29th, 2011 at 09:45:13 AM EST
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