on 21 November 2010
Susan Lindee's book should be read in conjunction with "Hotspots:the legacy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki" by Sue Rabbit Roff.Together they present a review of the science,politics and censorship of the fallout of the first ever use of nuclear weapons against human beings.While you may have to know how an epidemiological study should be constructed to see how very flawed American research was,I hope that the lay reader will be able to smell the rather large gang of rats these books present.
This is still relevant because the safety standards of today are based on the findings that were published ( and not on the classified research that was going on at the time).
The issues of foetal damage,transgenerational genetic effects and the denial of fallout,together with the really bizarre choices of index and control groups are presented well,so that readers can make up their own minds about findings.
Decommissioning of old nuclear power stations,new fuel new build (with hotter waste for longer)make the issues of "Low Level Waste" storage,transport and incineration problematic.Alpha emitting dusts' effects were completely ignored by the ABCC,but Chernobyl,Fallujah and,oddly enough,the Olympic legacy site have put them in the frame again.
The books will give you a handle on exactly how reassured you should be by modern safety pronouncements!