BY KEN LITTLE
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Wednesday announced the names of nine experts selected to carry out the cancer-risk pilot study that includes the area surrounding the Nuclear Fuel Services (NFS) complex in Erwin.
Officially, the study is known as "Analysis of Cancer Risks in Populations near Nuclear Facilities."
NAS recently received funding from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to perform the second phase of a pilot study of cancer risks in populations near seven U.S. NRC-licensed nuclear facilities.
TWO 'STUDY DESIGNS'
The study includes two epidemiologic study designs.
The first is an "ecologic study of multiple cancer types of populations of all ages."
The second is a "record-linkage-based case-control study of cancers in children."
The pilot study has two steps: Pilot Planning and Pilot Execution. NAS has started the Pilot Planning step, which is estimated to take one year to complete, NAS spokeswoman Jennifer Walsh said in a news release.
The study also includes areas surrounding the Dresden Nuclear Power Station, Morris, Ill.; Millstone Power Station, Waterford, Conn.; Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station, Forked River, N.J.; Haddam Neck, Haddam Neck, Conn.; Big Rock Point Nuclear Power Plant, Charlevoix, Mich.; and the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, San Clemente, Calif.
The provisional committee appointments include Dr. Jonathan M. Samet, chair, of the University of Southern California; independent consultant Harold Beck, an expert in radiation dose reconstruction; Dr. Steven M. Becker, of Old Dominion University; Dr. Andre Bouville, former head of the Radiation Dosimetry Unit of the Radiation Epidemiology Branch, National Cancer Institute (Retired); and Dr. Jean D. Brender, of the Texas A&M University Health Science Center;
also, Dr. R. William Field, of the University of Iowa College of Public Health; Dr. Daniel O. Stram, of the University of Southern California; Dr. Margot Tirmarche, commissioner of the Nuclear Safety Authority of France; and Dr. Jonathan Wakefield, of the University of Washington.
The appointments made to the committee are provisional, and changes may be made.
No appointment is considered final "until we have evaluated relevant information bearing on the committee's composition and balance," Walsh said.
PUBLIC COMMENT INVITED
The slate of provisional committee appointments is open to public comment through Nov. 12.
Members of the public can provide comments here: http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/CommitteeView.aspx?key=49579
The study is sponsored by the NRC.
It is a continuation of Phase One of a previous study that was completed in May 2012. The report from the first study can be found at: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13388