I’ve got a few more bones to pick with this AJC article on the anti-nukie report.
First, let’s go back to the first four opening paragraphs:
The figures were chilling.
Cancer death rates for children and teens up 58 percent in the region around Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle since the nuclear facility went on line. Cancer death rates up 25 percent in Burke County, where the plant sits. Hundreds to die if two new reactors get built, as Georgia Power plans.
The figures came from a report called “Health Risks of Adding New Reactors to the Vogtle Nuclear Plant.”
Commissioned by a North Carolina-based group opposing Georgia Power’s pending nuclear expansion and championed by other, Georgia-based opponents, the report was intended as a damaging shot at Georgia Power’s nuclear ambitions.
The problem is, even with that fourth paragraph, readers still have to go 371 words into the story to find out who actually did the study, or 9 paragraphs below the title. Even then, the relationship between groups disseminating the study and the group actually performing the study is nebulous in the article.
In fact, a cursory review of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy’s website and the Radiation and Public Health Project’s website show no copies of the report available online. Googling the title of the report gives me two results — the AJC article and my first post at Peach Pundit. Shortly, I’m sure this one will be added to the Google hits too. But neither SACE or RPHP come up.