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Nuclear Disasters

Regulators halt study of cancer risks at 7 nuclear plants

Federal regulators are pulling the plug on a five-year study of the risk of cancer in communities around six U.S. nuclear plants and a nuclear fuel site. Remaining work on a pilot study would take too long, at more than three years, and cost too much, at $8 million, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Tuesday. It said any releases that occur "are too small to cause observable increases in cancer risk near the facilities." The commission already has spent $1.5 million. And completing the pilot study and subsequent nationwide reviews could take eight to 10 years, the agency said. National Academy of Sciences researchers who were leading the study estimate it would be "at...