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Revelations of cancer caused by radiation from Antarcic nuclear plant

Other McMurdo veterans across the US have now been revealed to have cancer………The first thing the doctors asked me was, well, that’s the type of cancer you typically get from exposure from radiation,” Boyles said.

Health fears around polar nuke leak | Stuff.co.nz, by Michael Field, 7 Mar 11, A small nuclear power plant used at McMurdo Sound near New Zealand’s Antarctic Scott Base is being implicated by US media in unusual cancers in men who worked on it in the 1960s.It has also been revealed the PM-3A nuclear power plant – known at MacTown as “nukey poo” for the way it leaked – had 438 malfunctions in its life between 1964 and 1973.

After it was closed down, the US shipped 7700 cubic metres of radioactive contaminated rock and dirt to California, but passed through Dunedin where it stayed for four days.

ABC-TV affiliated stations in the US this week reported what they said was a link between the plant and cancer.

Ohio man Charlie Swinney died a year ago from multiple cancerous tumours.

The US navy veteran wrote many letters to the US Veterans Administration questioning his condition and the link with McMurdo.

“Charlie had over 200 tumours in his body,” said Swinney’s wife Elaine told the ABC stations.

“He kept saying, this isn’t right. Why is there so many of us in this close group getting sick like this.”

Other McMurdo veterans across the US have now been revealed to have cancer………The first thing the doctors asked me was, well, that’s the type of cancer you typically get from exposure from radiation,” Boyles said.

ABC said before dying in 2002 Karl Sackman of Idaho, wrote the VA saying there had been leaks at the plant.

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, who’s on the Senate Committee of Veterans Affairs, says he’s working to fully fund an investigation, to expedite claims and use the best science available………….

It was fuelled by strontium-90 pellets, an unusual few because of their high radioactivity levels.

The fuel passed through Lyttelton on US Navy vessels with a secret US-New Zealand agreement that the US would pay for any damage.

Health fears around polar nuke leak | Stuff.co.nz

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March 8, 2011 - Posted by | ANTARCTICA, health, New Zealand, USA

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  1. [...] Strontia was later found to be a compound of strontium and oxygen. In 1808, Davy found a way to produce pure strontium metal. He passed an electric current through molten (melted) strontium chloride. The electric current broke the compound into its two elements. Strontium is a silvery-white, shiny metal. When exposed to air, it combines with oxygen to form a thin film of strontium oxide (SrO). The film gives the metal a yellowish color. With a melting point of about 757°C (1,395°F), boiling point of 1,366°C (2,491°F), and density of 2.6 grams per cubic centimeter, strontium is so active it must be stored under kerosene or mineral oil. In this way, the metal does not come into contact with air. In a finely divided or powdered form, strontium catches fire spontaneously and bums vigorously. Strontium is active enough to combine even with hydrogen and nitrogen when heated. The On the same topic: http://colareboenglish.wordpress.com/2011/03/01/venezuelan-ecuadorian-businessmen-meet-to-boost-commerce/ Also you can check out this related blog post: http://nuclear-news.net/2011/03/08/revelations-of-cancer-caused-by-radiation-from-antarcic-nuclear-p… [...]

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  2. supposedly the latest sequester situation has put off the meeting of the veterans board of dose reconstruction (VBDR) for another 6 months. This is delaying tactics used in the hope that the VA will not have thousands of cancer ridden veterans to contend with. They did the same thing with agent orange. It is wrong with what they are doing but it makes financial sense to them. Money speaks and veterans die.

    Comment by Mac | February 20, 2013 | Reply


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