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E-M:/ Michigan Messenger: Cancer questions grow around Fermi nuclear plant

Cancer questions grow around Fermi nuclear plant 
State health report shows 31 percent increase in cancer rate among young people in Monroe County since 1996

By Eartha Jane Melzer 2/17/09 7:44 AM

Snip: "The cancer rate among people under the age of 25 in Monroe County rose at more than three times the rate of the rest of the state between 1996 and 2005, according to a report generated by the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH)"

Snip: "Small amounts of radioactive iodine, an isotope associated with nuclear power plants, have been detected in cow?s milk around Fermi and across the state, [Bob DeHaan, chief of the Radiological Assessment Division of the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)] said."

Snip: Dr. Janette Sherman, adjunct professor at Western Michigan University?s Environmental Institute and author of ?Life?s Delicate Balance: Causes and Prevention of Breast Cancer,? has spent her career researching environmental causes of cancer. She said that cancer among young people should be viewed as an indicator for radiation problems associated with nuclear plants.