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RADIATION AND PUBLIC HEALTH PROJECT, NEW YORK CITY

Research Associate, 1989-2000; Executive Director, 2000- present.  Expert on issues of health risks from exposure to radioactivity from nuclear weapons and reactors.  Activities include:

 

1. Conducted research and published 34 medical journal articles, letters, and conference proceedings

2. Wrote 61 editorials, 21 letters to the editor, and 3 books

3. Directed study measuring radioactive Strontium-90 in baby teeth near nuclear plants

4. Led relations with elected officials, media, governing board, and advocacy groups

5. Participated in 30 press conferences on research findings

6. Provided written and spoken testimony to 19 government agencies

 

 

EDUCATION:

MBA in Management, Fordham University, New York NY, 1985

MPH in Health Administration, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill NC, 1978

BA in Political Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC, 1976

 

 

BOOKS:

Author, Mad Science: The Nuclear Power Experiment.  OR Books, 2012.

Author, Radioactive Baby Teeth: The Cancer Link.  Lightning Source, 2008.

Author, Low-Level Radiation and Immune System Damage.  CRC Press/Lewis, 1998.

Acknowledged in The Enemy Within.  Four Walls Eight Windows, 1996.

Acknowledged in Deadly Deceit.  Four Walls Eight Windows, 1990.

 

 

MEDIA COVERAGE (SELECTED NATIONAL):

"Study of Baby Teeth Sees Radiation Effects" The New York Times, December 14, 2010

“Thyroid Cancer” Fox News, March 8, 2009

CNN Saturday night news, March 5, 2005

“In Baby Teeth, A Test of Fallout,” The New York Times, November 11, 2003

“Baby Teeth Offer Radioactive Clues,” USA Today, January 2, 2004

“Nuclear Power Opponents Cite Link to Infant Death Rates,” The New York Times, April 30, 2002

“Eyeing Baby Teeth from the Cold War,” USA Today, January 29, 2002

 

 

ESSAYS IN THE NATION:

"Nuclear Power Play," April 10, 2000.

“Reactors & Racism,” August 15, 2005 (online version).

“John Gofman’s Nuclear Courage,” September 14, 2007 (online version).

“Remembering Ernest Sternglass,” March 16, 2015 (online version).

 

 

WASHINGTON SPECTATOR ESSAYS:

"One Book and the Truth: Rachel Carson's Brave, Groundbreaking 'Silent Spring' at 50 Years." Written with Janette Sherman MD, October 1, 2012.

“Japan Study Finds Rise in Cancer, Officials Deny Link to Fukushima.” June 1, 2018.

 

HUFFINGTON POST ESSAYS (all written with Samuel Epstein MD):

"Nuclear Power Causes Cancer: What Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know” August 4, 2009.

"Reflecting on the 65th Anniversary of the First A-Bomb" July 16, 2010.

"Nuke Accident Would Dwarf Oil Spill" August 2, 2010.

 

COMMON DREAMS ESSAY:

"Fukushima: Worse than Chernobyl."  Written with Janette Sherman MD, February 25, 2012.

 

NATION OF CHANGE ESSAY:

"Hiroshima at 75: Health Hazards Still Present."  July 25, 2020

 

COUNTERPUNCH ESSAYS (all written with Janette Sherman MD):

"The Dangerous Myths of Fukushima."  March 9-11, 2012.

"Fukushima's Nuclear Casualties."  August 15, 2012.

"Double Your Trouble with Nuclear Power."  December 5, 2012.

"Fukushima's Nuclear Casualties." March 7, 2013.

"Chernobyl at 27: Devastation and Hope." April 26-28, 2013.

"The Legacy of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty." August 5, 2013

“Fukushima Three Years On: Return to Sanity or Business?” March 4, 2014

“The Fukushima Health Crisis: Why New Studies Are Needed Now.” August 1, 2014

“Trinity: 70 Years Later.” May 11, 2015.

“The Atomic Era Turns 70 as Nuclear Hazards Endure.” August 3, 2015.

“Fukushima Five Years After: Health Researchers Turn Blind Eye to Casualties.” April 12, 2016.

“Indian Point Nuclear Plant: It Doesn’t Take a Meltdown to Harm Local Residents.” May 23, 2016.

“Tritium: Toxic Tip of the Nuclear Iceberg.” June 26, 2017.

“High Cost of Nukes Even Higher if Medical Expenses Included.” July 9, 2019.

 

 

ARTICLES, BULLETIN OF THE ATOMIC SCIENTISTS:

"Incisors in the Heartland" (online version), March 7, 2011.

"Three Mile Island: Health Study Meltdown."  2004; Vol. 60, No. 5:31-35.

"Answering the Challenge" (response to "The Domenici Challenge") 1998; Vol. 54, No. 4:66-67.

 

OTHER ARTICLES:

“Japan Study Finds Rise in Cancer – Officials Deny Link to Fukushima” Nukewatch. Fall, 2018.

 

 

MEDICAL JOURNAL ARTICLES, author or co-author (26):

Mangano J and Sherman JD. Increases in Mortality for All Causes and All Cancers Combined Before and After Startup of a Nuclear Power Plant in New Jersey, USA. Journal of Environmental Protection 2019;10(4):488-499.

 

Mangano J and Sherman JD. Rising Thyroid Cancer Incidence Proximate to a New York City-Area Nuclear Power Plant. Journal of Environmental Protection. 2017;8(12):1446-1459.

 

Busby CB and Mangano J. There’s a World Going on Underground – Infant Mortality and Fracking in Pennsylvania. Journal of Environmental Protection. 2017;8(4):381-393.

 

Mangano J and Sherman JD.  Changes in Congenital Anomaly Incidence in West Coast and Pacific States (USA) After Arrival of Fukushima Fallout.  Open Journal of Pediatrics 2015;5(1):76-89.

 

Goyal N, Camacho F, Mangano J, and Goldenberg D.  Evaluating for a Geospatial Relationship Between Radon Levels and Thyroid Cancer in Pennsylvania.  Laryngoscope 2015;125(1):E45-49.

 

Mangano J, Sherman J, and Busby C.  Changes in Confirmed plus Borderline Cases of Congenital Hypothyroidism in California as a Function of Environmental Fallout from the Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown.  Open Journal of Pediatrics 2013;3(4):370-376.

 

Mangano JJ and Sherman JS.  Long-Term Local Cancer Reductions Following Nuclear Plant Shutdown. Biomedicine International 2013;4(1):3-16.

 

Mangano JJ and Sherman JS.  Elevated Airborne Beta Levels in Pacific/West Coast U.S. States and Trends in Hypothyroidism Among Newborns After the Fukushima Nuclear Meltdowns.  Open Journal of Pediatrics 2013;3(1):1-9.

 

Mangano JJ and Sherman JS.  Fukushima Update: Radioactive Fallout and Mortality Increases in the United States.  International Journal of Health Services 2012;42(3):559-568.

 

Goyal N, Camacho F, Mangano J, Goldenberg D.  Thyroid Cancer Characteristics in the Population Surrounding Three Mile Island.  The Laryngoscope 2012;122(6):1415-1421.

 

Mangano JJ, Sherman JD.  An Unexpected Mortality Increase in the United States Follows Arrival of the Radioactive Plume from Fukushima: Is There a Correlation?  International Journal of Health Services, 2012;42(1):47-64.

 

Mangano JJ, Sherman JD.  Elevated In Vivo Strontium-90 from Nuclear Weapons Test Fallout Among Cancer Decedents: A Case-Control Study Using Deciduous Teeth.  International Journal of Health Services, 2011;41(1):137-158.

 

Mangano JJ.  Geographic Variations in U.S. Thyroid Cancer Incidence and a Cluster Near Nuclear Reactors in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.  International Journal of Health Services 2009;39(4):643-661.

 

Mangano JJ.  Excess Mortality After Startup of a Nuclear Power Plant in Mississippi. International Journal of Health Services 2008;38(2):277-291.

 

Mangano JJ.  A Short Latency Between Radiation Exposure From Nuclear Plants and Cancer In Young Children,” International Journal of Health Services 2006;36(1):113-135.

 

Mangano JJ, Gould JM, Sternglass EJ, Sherman JD, McDonnell W.  An Unexpected Rise in Strontium-90 in U.S. Deciduous Teeth in the 1990s. The Science of the Total Environment 2003;317:37-51.

 

Mangano JJ, Sherman JS, Chang C, Dave A, Feinberg E, Frimer M.  Elevated Childhood Cancer Incidence Proximate to U.S. Nuclear Power Plants. Archives of Environmental Health 2003;58(2):74-82.

 

Mangano JJ, Gould JM, Sternglass EJ, Sherman JD, Brown J, McDonnell W.  Infant Death and Childhood Cancer Reductions After Nuclear Plant Closing in the U.S.  Archives of Environmental Health 2002;57(1):23-31.

 

Gould JM, Sternglass EJ, Sherman JD, Brown J, McDonnell W, Mangano JJ.  Strontium-90 in Baby Teeth as a Factor in Early Childhood Cancer.  International Journal of Health Services 2000;30(3):515-539.

 

Mangano JJ, Sternglass EJ, Gould JM, Sherman JD, Brown J, McDonnell W.  Strontium-90 in Newborns and Childhood Disease. Archives of Environmental Health 2000;55(4):240-244.

 

Mangano JJ.  Improvements in Local Infant Health After Nuclear Power Reactor Closing.  Journal of Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology 2000;2(1):32-36.

 

Gould JM, Sternglass EJ, Mangano JJ, McDonnell W, Sherman JD, Brown J.  The Strontium-90 Baby Teeth Study and Childhood Cancer.  European Journal of Oncology 2000;5(suppl 2):119-125.

 

Mangano J, Sherman J, Brown J.  Cancer in Baseball Players: A New Outbreak?  Pesticides, People, and Nature 2000;2(1):25-27.

 

Mangano JJ. A Rise in the Incidence of Childhood Cancer in the U.S.  International Journal of Health Services 1999;29(2):393-408.

 

Mangano JJ. A Post-Chernobyl Rise in Thyroid Cancer in Connecticut.  European Journal of Cancer Prevention 1996;5(1):75-81.

 

Mangano JJ. Cancer Mortality Near Oak Ridge, Tennessee. International Journal of Health Services 1994;24(3):521-533.

 

 

LETTERS TO MEDICAL JOURNALS (8):

Mangano JJ, Sherman JD. In Response to Altered Molecular Profile in Thyroid Cancers from Patients Affected by Three Mile Island. Laryngoscope 2019;129(2):E51.

 

Mangano JJ, Sherman JD. Child cancer clusters Identified from Spatial Analysis, and the Search for Etiologic Factors.  Pediatric Blood and Cancer 2010;55(7):1436.

 

Mangano JJ, Sherman JD.  Childhood Leukemia Near U.S. Nuclear Installations. European Journal of Cancer Care 2008;17:416-418.

 

Mangano JJ. Low-Level Radiation Harmed Humans Near Three Mile Island.  Environmental Health Perspectives 1997;105(8):786-787.

 

Mangano JJ. Childhood Leukaemia in U.S. May Have Risen Due to Fallout From Chernobyl.  British Medical Journal 1997;314(7088):1200.

 

Mangano JJ. Chernobyl and Hypothyroidism. Lancet 1996;347(9013):1482-1483.

 

Mangano JJ.  Response to Chernobyl and Hypothyroidism.  Lancet 1996;348:476-477.

 

Reid W and Mangano JJ.  Thyroid Cancer in the United States Since Accident at Chernobyl.  British Medical Journal 1995;311(7003):511.

 

 

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS (4):

Mangano JJ.  Elevated Cancer Rates Near U.S. Nuclear Plants. In Busby C (ed). Criticisms and Developments in the Assessment of Radiation Risk.  Aberystwyth, Wales: European Commission on Radiation Risk, 2009.

 

Mangano JJ. Chernobyl Emissions Linked to a Variety of Adverse Health Effects in the U.S.  In Kohnlein W and Nussbaum R (eds.): Effects of Low Dose Ionizing Radiation. Muenster: German Society for Radiation Protection, 1998.

 

Sternglass EJ, Mangano JJ, Gould JM.  Health Effects of Low Dose Exposure to Fission Products from Chernobyl and the Fermi Nuclear Reactor in the Population of the Detroit Metropolitan Area.  In Kohnlein W and Nussbaum R (eds.): Effects of Low Dose Ionizing Radiation. Muenster: German Society for Radiation Protection, 1998.

 

Mangano JJ. Low Level Radiation and Carcinoma of the Thyroid.  In Schmitz-Feuerhake I and Lengfelder E (eds.):100 Jahre Roentgen: Berlin: German Society for Radiation Protection, 1995.

 

 

NEWSPAPER OP-EDS (63):

"Radiation Too Easily Dismissed in Cancer Study" Asbury Park (NJ) Press, 1/18/02

“French Fries Don’t Give You Cancer” Pottstown (PA) Mercury, 2/14/05

“New Nukes Threaten Health in Illinois” Champaign (IL) News-Gazette, 1/15/06

“New Nuclear Reactors are a Threat to our Children’s Health” Durham (NC) Herald-Sun, 2/13/06

“Nuclear Energy Produces Health, Safety Risks” Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch, 4/16/06

“Study Health of Neighbors of Millstone” New Haven (CT) Register, 5/23/06

“New South Texas Reactors: Build Them and Risks Will Come” Houston Chronicle, 7/22/06

“New Nuke Plants Hazardous to Amarillo’s Health” Amarillo (TX) Globe-News, 8/18/06

“Grand Gulf Raises Health Questions” Monroe (LA) News-Star, 8/20/06

“A New Nuclear Facility Would Pose Health Concerns” Spartanburg (SC) Herald-J, 8/20/06

“Would a New Grand Gulf Nuclear Plant Be Safe?” Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger, 11/12/06

“Ask Your Commission to Consider Health Before Endorsing Plant” Idaho Statesman, 12/10/06

“The Danger of Storing Nuclear Waste” Pottstown (PA) Mercury, 12/16/06

“A New Plant on the Horizon?  Weighing Risks” Orlando (FL) Sentinel, 12/22/06

“Pilgrim Nuclear Plant’s Cancer Menace” Providence (RI) Journal, 3/27/07

“Oyster Creek Regulators Can’t Ignore Health Risks” Asbury Park (NJ) Press, 7/18/07

“For Safety’s Sake, Shut Down Oyster Creek” Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger, 8/8/07

“Nuke Plants in Utah Would Pose Public Health Risk” Salt Lake City (UT) Tribune, 8/26/07

“VY: Clear and Present Danger?” Brattleboro (VT) Reformer, 9/14/07

“Nuclear Reactor an Unclean, Dangerous Source for Energy” Spfld. (MO) News-Leader, 9/22/07

“Oyster Creek: Safety First” Trenton (NJ) Times, 9/28/07

“Don’t Keep Old Nuclear Plant Open in Ocean” Parsippany (NJ) Daily Record, 10/6/07

“Demand Answers on Cancer Causes” Ocean County (NJ) Observer, 10/24/07

“State Should Look to Truly Clean Energy Sources” Milwaukee (WI) Journal Sentinel, 10/30/07

“Demand Answers on Cancer Causes” Chattanooga (TN) Times Free Press, 11/25/07

“Nuclear Energy and a New Hampshire Cancer Spike” Keene (NH) Sentinel, 3/6/08

“Coal for Nukes: Replacing One Hazard with Another” Louisville (KY) Courier Journal, 3/11/08

“Too Much Cancer Already – New Nukes a Big Risk” Victoria (TX) Advocate, 8/8/08

“Fermi Celebration Ignores Health Risks” Monroe (MI) Sunday News, 9/7/08

“Reactor a Potential Health Risk” Annapolis (MD) Capital, 11/25/08

“Resolve Health Issues Before Building More Reactors” Scranton (PA) Times Tribune, 12/3/08

“Weigh All Health Risks Before Allowing a New Reactor” Syracuse Post Standard, 3/19/09

“Nuclear Power Not Clean” Charleston (WV) Gazette, 3/25/09

“Health Threat of Perry Nuclear Power Plant Should be Studied” Cleveland Plain Dealer, 4/5/09

“Nuclear Power Would be Bad Policy for State” Oklahoma City Journal Record, 4/22/09

“Health Threat of Nuclear Plant Should be Studied” Portsmouth (OH) Daily Record, 7/2/09

“We’ve Had Enough of Indian Point” Kingston (NY) Daily Freeman, 9/1/09

“Aging Indian Point Plant Should Be Shut Down” Bergen (NJ) Daily Record, 9/4/09

“Salem Nukes Pose Risks for Cumberland County” Cumberland (NJ) Reminder, 9/16/09

“Old Nuclear Plants Threaten Delaware” Wilmington (DE) News Journal, 10/5/09

“Indian Point Nukes Threaten Connecticut” Stamford (CT) Advocate, 10/7/09

“Indian Point Nukes Threaten Connecticut” Greenwich (CT) Time, 10/7/09

“Indian Point Puts Public Health at Grave Risk” Albany (NY) Times Union, 11/10/09

“Indian Point a Likely Contributor to High Cancer Rate” Putnam (NY) News and Recorder, 12/9/09

“Nuclear Power Wrong Answer to State Energy Needs” Frankfort (KY) State Journal, 3/21/10

“New Nukes in Fresno Would Endanger Public Health” Fresno (CA) Community Alliance, 4/10

“Health Threat at Diablo” Ventura County (CA) Star, 4/16/10

“Oyster Creek Tritium Risk Review Needed” Asbury Park (NJ) Press, 6/13/10

“Should Seabrook Station’s License Be Extended 20 Years?” Nashua (NH) Telegraph, 6/13/10

"Yankee's Health Risks" Greenfield (MA) The Recorder, 11/3/10

"End is in Sight for Costly Nuclear Plants" The Asbury Park (NJ) Press, 12/7/12

"Aging Oyster Creek Reactor Should be Shut Down Now" Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger, 5/2/13

"Yankee Shut Down Will Save Lives" Rutland (VT) Herald, 9/5/13

“Radiation in Air” East Hampton (NY) Star, 10/27/14

“Ginna Nuclear Power Plant is Old and Costly” Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, 12/6/14

“Citizens Can Monitor Radiation Around Plant” New London (CT) Day, 12/28/14

“Inadequate Concern for Health Impact of Oyster Creek” Asbury Park (NJ) Press, 9/11/18

“Turn Away from Nuclear Power” Asbury Park (NJ) Press, 9/12/18

“Health Issues Should Force Closure of Nuke Plants” Asbury Park (NJ) Press, 6/7/19

“Need to Focus on Health, Not Money,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 10/16/2019

“Health, Safety Concerns Posed by Nuclear Power Plants” Cape May County Herald, 11/6/19

“Indian Point Shutdown Improves Public Health” Westchester (NY) Journal-News, 4/30/20

“Shutdown of Iowa’s Only Nuclear Plant Will Mean Less Cancer,” Des Moines Register, 9/8/20

 

 

NEWSPAPER LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (21):

“New Reactor Would Pose Health Risk” Toledo (OH) Blade, 3/28/07

“It is Time to Study All Nuclear Risks” Tuscaloosa (AL) News, 5/31/07

“Nuclear Health Risks” The Huntsville (AL) Times, 6/5/07

“Study Health Risks Before Proposing New Reactors” The Palm Beach (FL) Post, 6/18/07

“Indian Point Poses Health Threats” Westchester (NY) Journal News, 11/19/07

“Nuclear Plants Aren’t Worth Risk” Atlantic City (NJ) Press, 12/3/07

“New Nuclear Plants Create Health Risk” The State, Columbia (SC), 5/31/08

“Nuclear Risks” The Stamford (CT) Advocate, 6/6/08

“Nuclear Reactor Needs ‘Precautionary Principle’” Asbury Park (NJ) Press, 11/30/08

“Closing Indian Point a Public Health Issue” Westchester (NY) Journal News, 2/19/09

“Any Radiation is Hazardous” Pottstown (PA) Mercury, 4/6/09

Response to “State Responds to Lake County Cancer Stats” Cleveland Plain Dealer, 8/16/09

“Indian Point: A Cancer Risk Too Close for Comfort” Woodstock (NY) Times, 12/3/09

“Evidence vs. Slogans” Putnam County (NY) News and Recorder, 12/16/09

“Half Truth About NFS” Johnson City (TN) Press, 12/16/09

"Nuke Plant May Be Hazardous" West Valley (AZ) View, 8/27/10

"Rep. John Salazar is Wrong on Nuclear Energy" Grand Junction (CO) Sentinel, 8/31/10

 "Give Report Another Look" Rutland (VT) Herald, 10/5/10

"Nuclear Power Not Just Costly, But Also Unsafe" Baltimore (MD) Sun, 10/28/10

"Vermont Yankee Causes Harm" Bennington (VT) Banner, 11/1/10

“Dangers of Nuclear Power Ignored” Hartford (CT) Courant, 11/11/14

 

 

LETTERS TO THE NEW YORK TIMES (4):

"The Cost of Nuclear Power" New York Times, 8/29/13.

"Radiation as Carcinogen," New York Times, 10/3/97.

"Why Was Government Silent on Bomb Tests?" New York Times, 8/3/97.

"Potassium Iodide Is No Protection from Fallout," New York Times, 4/10/96.

 

 

PRESS CONFERENCES (30):

  • Washington DC, 4/00

  • White Plains NY, 11/00, 10/02

  • Valhalla NY, 8/03

  • Pottstown PA, 1/01, 11/03, 4/05, 5/06

  • Toms River NJ, 5/00 and 4/01

  • Mineola NY, 6/01

  • New York City, 7/99, 4/02, 11/07, 11/09, 11/17, 3/19

  • Trenton NJ, 5/03, 3/06, 6/07

  • Hackensack NJ, 11/03

  • Harrisburg PA, 8/04, 11/05

  • Westport CT, 5/08

  • Philadelphia PA, 1/10, 4/19

  • Augusta GA, 2/12

  • By phone, 12/11, 3/13, 7/13

 

 

TESTIMONY TO GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS (19):

  • New York State energy advisory group (NYSERDA), 4/02

  • New York City Council (Indian Point NY plant), 5/02 and 2/03

  • U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (Harris NC plant), 7/07

  • U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (Oyster Creek NJ plant), 7/06, 5/07

  • U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (Peach Bottom PA plant), 7/02

  • U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (Turkey Point FL plant), 7/01

  • Connecticut State utility commission, (Millstone CT plant) 11/00

  • U.S. Senate Environment Committee (Sen. Hillary R. Clinton), 6/01

  • Suffolk County (NY) legislature, Sr-90 in baby teeth, 8/00

  • Suffolk County (NY) Rhabdomyosarcoma task force, 2001-3

  • Westchester County (NY) legislature, Sr-90 in baby teeth 11/00, 10/02

  • New Jersey Commission on Radiation Protection, 2/05, 6/07

  • New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, 2/10

  • Ocean County (NJ) Board of Freeholders, 9/07

JOSEPH J. MANGANO

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