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Simi Valley Nuclear Meltdown Effects Greater than Suspected

The Santa Susana Field Lab 1959 nuclear reactor meltdown has been reported to have released about 300 times more radiation than the infamous// Three Mile Island accident according to studies presented Thursday.

These estimates were released by an independent advisory panel and are contradictory to years of assertions by the federal government stating that no radioactive material was released during the meltdown, thereby causing no public health threat to the surrounding community.

These radiations could have possibly caused some 260 cancer cases in an area near the hilltop lab. The findings are a result of studies conducted over a period of seven years with the help of technical modeling to fill in missing details from the accident.

As soon as the results were release the Boeing Co., the lab’s owner, immediately dismissed the research as completely wrong, and based on faulty assumptions.

According to the researchers although their work is based on some assumptions and data from other meltdowns, they were forced to fill in the gaps when Boeing and the Department of Energy refused to provide vital information on the accident needed to calculate exposure and cancer risk.

Steven Wing, University of North Carolina associate professor of epidemiology and co-chairman of the Santa Susana Field Lab Advisory Panel, which commissioned the studies said, "What’s critical here is that people have been exposed here unwillingly and without their knowledge." "To reduce people’s anxiety, we need more information. We need more forthcomingness."

Release of these findings are hoped to bring about tighter regulations on the cleanup of the field lab and its future use.

These findings are part of several long-awaited studies looking at the impact of the field lab on nearby residents. The Santa Susana Field Lab Advisory Panel is made up of researchers, activists and residents. The work was paid for with $150,000 set aside by th
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