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127. Guardian article: (Former Environmental Minister) Meacham Rails at "Biased" Cancer report
Meacher rails at 'biased' cancer report

Paul Brown, environment correspondent
The Guardian, Wednesday 8 September 2004 01.58 BST

The former Labour environment minister Michael Meacher yesterday accused a government committee he set up to assess the health effects of low-level radiation of suppressing a report on the possible cause of childhood leukaemia.

He called the alleged suppression "criminally irresponsible", saying he had formed the committee so as to reflect all opinion on the contentious issue and so that a report could be published putting all the facts before the public.

Instead the final report gave a one-sided establishment opinion, he said, which did not "accommodate a full and fair representation of all views".

Mr Meacher was speaking at the launch of a minority report of the expert committee which says that radiation doses to children across Europe who developed leukaemia could have been up to 100 times larger than suggested by official estimates.

The report says that inhaled, man-made, radioactive particles such as Strontium 90 or plutonium from Chernobyl or Sellafield can lodge in the body or foetus and bombard and damage cells. This, particularly in the unborn, would be enough for children to develop leukaemia or other cancers.
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