Case Analysis: Health Hazards of Plutonium Release
During the time I was Asst. Professor of Radiology, Biometrics, and Preventive Medicine at the University of Colorado, I was appointed by Governor Lamm and Congressman (later Senator) Tim Wirth to serve for many years as Chair of the Subcommittee on Health Effects of the Rocky Flats Monitoring Committee.
The Rocky Flats Plant in the Denver area made virtually all of the plutonium triggers for nuclear weapons during the cold war. Fires in the plant on multiple occasions had dispersed plutonium into the suburban surroundings. Since I was funded by the National Cancer Institute to work with leading carcinogenesis researchers in the world to identify causes and cures for cancer, I applied my mathematical models of tumor formation to the Rocky Flats case.
This research is highly relevant to research on use of electromagnetic frequencies to kill cancer cells. Since many people have asked for specifics in my research background, I recently posted an overview paper:
Sutherland JV (1984) Estimates of cancer risk associated with radiation exposure. In Health Effects of Low Level Radiation. Hendee WR (Ed) Norwalk: Appleton-Century-Crofts, pp 93-117.
Scientific papers published before the era of online journals are difficult to access so I am posting as I have time to scan them. Here is the paper on Rocky Flats. It shows that, while plutonium exposure undoubtedly increased the risk of cancer in the suburban population around the plant, the risk increase was small compared to cancer risk induced by smoking.
Sutherland JV (1984) Case Analysis: Health Hazards of Plutonium Release from the Rocky Flats Plant. In Health Effects of Low Level Radiation. Hendee WR (Ed) Norwalk: Appleton-Century-Crofts, pp 93-117.