Related Studies


2006 EPA study on the connection between the environment, iodine, and thyroid cancer due to radiation fallout from 1945 to 1962.

On the effects of perchlorate, a persistent and problematic pollutant which may be linked to thyroid health. (“A Perchlorate Primer: Environmental Working Group Study linking our drinking water to thyroid cancer.”)

On the effects of fluoride in drinking water. National Research Council (2006): Fluoride in Drinking Water/Thyroid Cancer. “Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Scientific Review of EPA's Standards”

National Cancer Institute on the links between cancer and the environment (“Understanding Cancer Series: Cancer and the Environment”; see slides 25-27.

The Coming Water Crisis points to perchlorate (a component of solid rocket fuel, munitions, and fireworks) in the water, which has leaked from at least 58 U.S. Military bases and manufacturing plants resulting in “hot spots” for thyroid cancer. Bourne, MA, home to the Otis Air Force Base and the area I spent many years as a child (swimming, drinking the water, etc), was confirmed for this kind of contamination. I spent a lot of time in that area as a child….cottage rentals, swimming, and so on. by Marianne Levelle and Joshua Kurlantzick

Swedes still dying from Chernobyl radiation Published: 4th May 2007 People in parts of northern and central Sweden around are still dying from cancer caused by radiation from the Chernobyl accident. While the Chernobyl explosion recedes into history, for many people in parts of northern and central Sweden the effects are still being felt. Radiation from Chernobyl has been cited as a factor in more than 1,000 cancer deaths in Norrland between 1986 and 1999 - this in an area with a population of around one million. Experts warn that the worst is yet to come. For environmentalists, the only solution is a radical change of approach from the authorities. Greenpeace activists are calling for a high-profile public awareness campaign in the affected areas. Only this, they say, can help prevent radiation causing further unnecessary deaths and illnesses. Reporter Rami Abdelrahman. Online: and all images associated with Dirty Bombshell are registered (R) to Lorna Brunelle 2007-2010.
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