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 New Findings by Ozasa et al, on Low-Dose radiation in Hiroshima-Nagasaki Survivor data
film by Ian Goddard

Fukushima Radiation: NOT Safe,
discussion by Ian Goddard

Ian Goddard discusses new Department of Energy sponsored Low-Dose radiation controversy

March 2016. Gender and Radiation, text of slide talk by Mary Olson, Japan Speaking Tour 2016. Version of presentation with larger slides but without accompanying text.

May 19, 2015. Text of presentation by NIRS' May Olson at the United Nations, May 5, 2015 at session on Gender and Nuclear Weapons. pdf. Slides from May 5 presentation. pdf.

April 29, 2015. Powerpoint presentation by the U.K.'s Dr. Ian Fairlie to U.S. EPA officials, April 27, 2015 on causes and effects of increased childhood leukemia within 5 kilometers (3 miles) of European nuclear reactors. Presentation in pdf.

April 28, 2014. Flyer for Gender and Nuclear Weapons event May 5, 2015, at the United Nations, NPT Review Conference. NIRS' Mary Olson will speak.

December 8, 2014. NIRS' Mary Olson speaks on impact of radiation on girls and women at international nuclear weapons conference in Vienna. Text of speech. Video of speech.

March 13, 2013.Important post from NIRS' Mary Olson on DailyKos: One Rad Fits All--Not Anymore, Never Did. Radiation's little-known but much greater impact on women and girls.

November 8, 2012. Important new study published by NIH of 110,000 Chernobyl clean-up workers finds "significant" risk of leukemia from low-level radiation. PDF

April 2012: "Women and Children Require More Protection from Ionizing Radiation Than Men (2 page hand-out)

October 2011: Atomic Radiation is More Harmful to Women. PDF NIRS Briefing Paper.

Health Effects of Three Mile Island core meltdown in 1979 PDF

Important article on studies of childhood leukemia and cancers near German reactors. Childhood Leukemia and Cancers Near German Nuclear Reactors: Significance, Context, and Ramifications of Recent Studies, PDF Rudi Nussbaum, Journal of Occupational Environmental Health. July-September, 2009.

Fact Sheet: No such thing as a safe dose of radiation, PDF 79.26KB June 2006

BEIR VII –The National Academies of Science Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation-VII: The National Academies of Sciences do an update on radiation and health approximately every 10 -15 years. When the Committee on the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation VII was being formed in 1999, many groups and individuals lodged protests on the biased, conflicted makeup of the committee. After reviewing all the publicly available research by the proposed committee members, letters from were sent to the Academy expressing concerns. Some changes were made in the membership. Below are the letters of concern on the original and amended committees.

The BEIR VII report came out on June 29, 2005. The conclusions are summarized in NIRS press release.

With its most recent draft document on cancer induction by low dose radiation exposure, the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) has officially recognize the increased dangers of lower doses of radiation. However, as of now, they seem unwilling to incorporate this knowledge into protect measures for the public. Here are NIRS comments (March 18, 2005) on this document, with a link to the document itself.

Factsheet: Know Your Risks, Know Your Rights. A brochure for nuclear industry workers. (PDF, 306 Kb)