The Pentagon dramatically underestimated the amount of radioactivity
to which U.S. Armed Forces members were exposed during Cold War-era
atomic testing and explosions, a National Academy of Sciences panel
However, the panel found that the "ionizing
radiation" to which the majority of the veterans was exposed --
either during testing or in the vicinity of Hiroshima and Nagasaki --
is not a serious carcinogen, so the revised exposure estimates will
not significantly affect government compensation for veterans
suffering from cancer.
The government recognizes 21 kinds of cancer
as "presumptively" caused by radiation exposure; of the roughly 4,000
former service members with other forms of cancer or other diseases
who applied for compensation, all but 50 were turned down.
the new findings, their cases are unlikely to be reviewed again.
straight to the source: New York Times, Matthew L. Wald, 09 May 2003
Thanks to Grist Magazine. www.gristmagazine.com
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