Monday, July 25th, 2016

Diablo Canyon Facility Under Attack from Opponents

California’s last operating nuclear power plant is under attack from opponents armed with a new study contending radiation from the Diablo Canyon facility poses a health risk to the residents of San Luis Obispo County. State and local health officials — as well as PG&E, the plant’s owner — said the study and its findings are flawed.

The study, commissioned by the World Business Academy of Santa Barbara and authored by New Jersey epidemiologist Joseph Mangano, makes several health-related assertions, the most striking of which is “(s)ince the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant opened in the mid-1980s, San Luis Obispo County has changed from a relatively low-cancer to a high-cancer county.” State and county epidemiologists said the study’s author “cherry-picked” statistics and ignored standard scientific procedure to get desired result. Mangano defended his work and suggested public health officials should have done their own research.