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October 25
Links of Interest: Federal Government to Assess Cancer Risks of Living Near Nuclear Power Plants
A grab-bag of links from OEHS in the news…

Nuclear power plants and cancer risks. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has announced that the federal government will move forward with a new study to assess the cancer risks of living near nuclear power plants. According to CNN, “NRC is commissioning the National Academy of Sciences to conduct cancer risk studies at six nuclear power plants and one nuclear fuel facility. If successful, the study would likely be expanded to the rest of the nation's 104 commercial nuclear reactors.”
 
Endocrine disrupters. Nature reports that researchers are studying the possibility that low doses of endocrine disruptors such as bisphenol A and triclosan are potentially more detrimental to health than higher doses. Read more
 
Female firefighters and breast cancer. The San Francisco Examiner highlights a recent study of female firefighters in San Francisco that showed that 10 of the 117 female firefighters in the area between the ages of 40 and 50 have contracted breast cancer, and one has died. “At 8.5 percent, the breast cancer rate among female firefighters here is nearly six times the national average for women in that age bracket,” the article reads.
 
Carbon dioxide. A new study finds that elevated levels of carbon dioxide may impair reasoning, ScienceNews reports. CO2 levels are often higher in buildings than outdoors, even if ventilation designs are compliant with current standards. Read more
 
Unsafe cosmetics. According to a special report by Environmental Health News, the U.S. government “has little authority to stop unsafe cosmetics.” The report highlights Brazilian Blowout as an example of the government’s lack of authority in this area. Under federal law, cosmetics companies do not have to disclose chemicals or gain approval for products to go on the market, the report notes. Read more.
 
Report on Carcinogens. The National Toxicology Program has announced that information on Candidate Substances for the Report on Carcinogens (RoC) currently being reviewed by the Office of the RoC is now available. Five substances are on the list, including trichloroethylene. View the substances.
 
European Week for Safety and Health at Work. This week is the European Week for Safety and Health at Work. The event is organized by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and its partners in support of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign, “Working together for risk prevention.” This year, the week “highlights the role of strong management leadership combined with active worker participation in making sure that Europe’s workplaces are safe, healthy and productive.”
 
ATVs at work. A new NIOSH Science Blog entry discusses the increased popularity of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) for recreation and for work, and what employers and workers can do to make ATV use safer in the workplace. According to NIOSH, ATV-related deaths have increased steadily from 1992 to 2007, and 61 percent of those deaths occurred in the agriculture production industry.

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