Nuclear power station irradiation

Other Names:
Excessive radiation at nuclear-weapon plants

In 2000, after decades of denials, the US government conceded that workers who helped to make nuclear weapons were exposed to radiation and chemicals that produced cancer and early death. Among 14 plants, according to a report, 22 categories of cancer, ranging from Hodgkin's lymphoma and leukemia to cancer of the prostate, lung, bone and bladder, occurred more often than expected. The cancers were found among nearly 600,000 people who have worked in nuclear-weapons production since the start of World War II. The report also raised the prospect that there are workers who are not yet sick, but will get sick, from past exposure.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 13: Climate Action
Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST