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August 24, 2019

NC Nuclear Plants and Transmission Lines vs Papillary Thyroid Cancer 2012 - 2016

I overlayed the latest State of North Carolina Papillary Thyroid Cancer incidence rate map (2012-2016, March 2019 reporting) with the locations of the State’s three nuclear power plants.


  • Highest incidence rate of Papillary Thyroid cancer(16.3-21) in NC is positively correlated within 20 km of the two largest NC Nuclear Power Plants, McGuire Nuclear(2316 MW) and Brunswick Nuclear(1870 MW) and also elevated incidence(11.0-16.2) is correlated within 20 km of Harris Nuclear(928 MW).
  • Incidence rate is positively correlated with the amount of power generation from a plant(MW) – 3 data points
  • Elevated thyroid cancer incidence rate around Brunswick Nuclear appears to cover a large distance along the coastline, McGuire Nuclear to the NNE and Harris Nuclear more to the West of the plant.


“However, sensitivity analysis by exposure definition showed that living less than 20 km from nuclear power plants was associated with a significant increase in the risk of thyroid cancer in well-designed studies (summary OR = 1.75; 95% CI 1.17–2.64).”

I agree…

More coming…



From → Biology, Geophysics

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