The Mothers Milk Project will reveal to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission at a public meeting on February 12 that milk sampled from humans and goats near the Indian Point Nuclear Power Station shows elevated levels of strontium-90, a fission product known to cause bone cancer, leukemia and diseases of the immune system.
Photo opportunity: Cindy-Lu, a goat whose milk has consistently shown elevated levels of strontium-90 over a multi-month sampling period, will be present with her 4-day-old baby goats, Luna and Dude.
Of 30 milk samples from breastfeeding mothers and goats within 50 miles of Indian Point, nearly all reveal levels of strontium-90 with the highest results occurring closest to the nuclear plant located on the Hudson River in Buchanan, New York.
Of great concern are the sample results revealing the presence both of strontium-90 and a related fission product strontium-89. As strontium-89 has a short half life, its presence in the milk of lactating mothers alongside strontium-90 provides strong evidence that the radioactivity was recently produced from a nearby source, likely Indian Point.
Representatives of the Mothers Milk Project will present their preliminary findings to the NRC at its meeting on Indian Point license renewal at 1:30 on Thursday, February 12, 2009, at Colonial Terrace, Grand Ballroom, 119 Oregon Road, Cortlandt Manor, New York.