Ontario city of Peterborough concerned over nuclear radiation and health
Peterborough raises radiation concerns Toronto Sun, SARAH DEETH, QMI AGENCY, APRIL 03, 2012 PETERBOROUGH, ONT. – The city of Peterborough, Ont., has raised concerns about human and environmental exposure to radiation levels at a local nuclear processing plant.
The Peterborough County-City Health Unit has taken the unique step of sending a letter to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) as Shield Source Inc., located at the Peterborough Airport, looks to renew its nuclear substance processing licence for another 10 years…. In a letter to the CNSC, the health unit said it was
recommending a three-year licence renewal after expressing concerns
about the health hazards associated with the process.
“The main health related concern is the potential direct and indirect
effects on DNA and the damage that could result in cancer,
teratogenic, reproductive and hereditary effects,” the letter
states….. The health unit recommends rigourous engineering controls
to reduce the presence of tritium to groundwater, air and local food
sources, and to get the level of tritium contribution on par with the
nuclear power industry.
The health unit also wants enhanced routine monitoring of tritium
concentrations in water, air and fruits in all directions of the site,
including residential areas, and that Shield Source provide the city’s
medical officer of health, Dr. Rosana Pellizzari, with reports of
tritium release….. the company provided its licence application to
the commission in September.
The application will be heard May 2 and is open to the public.
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