This is pretty funny. An anti-nukie group put out a report on how nuclear power kills children only to have Georgia Power successfully destroy their credibility solely on the basis of the report itself.
Here’s the funny thing about the article itself though. I don’t know Margaret Newkirk, but I’m a bit disappointed in how she wrote the article. She starts off sensationally with this
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.”
Then she says this
It took Georgia Power approximately a nanosecond to bloody the health study beyond recognition, with an assist from the well-organized and well-funded nuclear industry, the speed of the Internet and —- unfortunately for its sponsors —- the report itself.
Then she spends the next 671 words saying (1) some of the “report’s disseminators . . . backed away from the more startling claims” and “the industry’s much louder message was that the report’s author, Joe Mangano of the Radiation and Public Health Project, was a well-known crank known for issuing scary scientific junk.”
Nonetheless, despite saying that Georgia Power was able to “bloody the health study beyond recognition,” Ms. Newkirk doesn’t really say how other than that one group called into question the author and one group listed “typical flaws.”
So at the end of the day Georgia Power apparently destroyed the credibility of the report, but the report is just “flawed” and we should still be concerned about the cancer risk to children.
Your mileage may vary, but it seemed the reporter started out writing about how hyperbolic and silly the report turned out to be and by the end of writing the reporter tried to redeem the study and make it flawed but still sound. Again, mind you, she started out saying Georgia Power bloodied the report beyond recognition, but concludes with this quote from a professor of environmental health:
“Their hearts are right and their instincts are right,” Clapp said.
“But this is not the way to prove it.”
Anotherwords, the report was awful, but we should still believe the environmentalists that nuclear power kills kids.