October 8, 2007 | Mark Paradies

New Estimates Show 1957 Windscale Nuclear Accident in UK Was Twice as Bad as Previously Believed

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A study by John Garland, formerly of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, and Richard Wakeford, a visiting professor at the University of Manchester, suggest that the radiation released by the 1957 fire in the graphite core of the Windscale reactor was about twice as much as previous estimates. The article posted by the BBC says that the increased contamination would cause the projected estimated cancer deaths from the accident to grow from 200 to 240.

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