|From the blog of Manitoba member of parliament, John Gerrard.|
Although these studies became the "gold standard" of reference for future radiation disasters, their flaws have long been demonstrated, as summed up by one scientist: it was a survivor population, doses were external, residual contamination was ignored, it began seven years after the event, [and] the original zero dose control group was abandoned as being 'too healthy'."  The faulty ABCC study is now applied to the displaced people in Fukushima, and their health outcomes will be attributed to a similar murky set of causes.
Our contemporary understanding of genetics and trauma clouds this issue further now that we know trauma itself, not just radiation, can cause epigenetic effects across generations.  Alice Stewart seemed to intuit this when she pondered the compounding effects of trauma and radiation exposure. About the ABCC studies, she recounted to Gayle Greene in The Woman Who Knew Too Much:
 Chris Busby, "It's not just cancer! Radiation, genomic instability and heritable genetic damage," The Ecologist, March 17, 2016.
 N.P. Kellermann, "Epigenetic transmission of Holocaust trauma: can nightmares be inherited?" Isreali Journal of Psychiatry Related Sciences, 2013, 50(1) p. 33-9.
 Gayle Greene, The Woman Who Knew Too Much (University of Michigan Press, 1999), p. 133.
UPDATE June 2015
"Lake St. Martin relocation plans 1 step closer to becoming a reality," CBC News, June 22, 2015.
This post was revised in March 2016.