Federal regulators are launching a pilot study of cancer risks in populations around six nuclear power plants, including the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in southern New Jersey.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will study multiple cancer types and examine cancers in children born near those facilities.
The National Academy of Sciences is also recommending the Millstone Power Station and decommissioned Haddam Neck site in southeastern Connecticut for the study.
The $2 million study is expected to begin in the next three months and continue at least into 2014.
Plants in California, Illinois, Michigan, and Tennessee are also slated for the study because they provide a broad sampling of facilities with different operating histories, population size, and levels of complexity in cancer data.