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Higher cancer rates near German nuclear dump

Higher cancer rates near German nuclear dump
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The radioactivity levels of an atomic dump in Germany have been thoroughly checked after findings that residents in the area were shown to have higher rates of cancer than normal.

Authorities have issued a statement denying any link between increased illness and nuclear contamination.

Wolfenbuettel lies in the Asse region of Lower Saxony, close to a controversial nuclear waste dump.

Claudia Roth, leader of the Green Party said:

“Whatever the case, this is such an over-proportional rise of cancer illnesses that one cannot return to “nuclear business as usual”, but there must be a reaction on all levels, there must be inquiries and one must draw the consequences.”

The German parliament has just approved an extension of Germany’s 17 nuclear power plants by an average of 12 years.

This has sparked outrage amongst opponents of nuclear energy.

The site at Asse housed thousands of drums of nuclear waste between 1967 and 1978.

In nearby Wolfenbuettel, reports found twice the number of male leukemia cases between 2002 and 2009.

The rate of thyroid cancer trebled in women.