The Nuclear Regulatory Commission may decide that exposure to ionizing radiation is beneficial – the radiation from nuclear bombs, nuclear power plants, depleted uranium, x-rays, and Fukushima. It has opened a proceeding to consider adopting this “radiation is good for you” model.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received three petitions for rulemaking (PRM) requesting that the NRC amend its “Standards for Protection Against Radiation” regulations and change the basis of those regulations from the Linear No-Threshold (LNT) model of radiation protection to the radiation hormesis model. The radiation hormesis model provides that exposure of the human body to low levels of ionizing radiation is beneficial and protects the human body against deleterious effects of high levels of radiation. Whereas, the LNT model provides that radiation is always considered harmful, there is no safety threshold, and biological damage caused by ionizing radiation (essentially the cancer risk) is directly proportional to the amount of radiation exposure to the human body (response linearity).
Is this a joke? No.This would be the most significant and alarming change to U.S. federal policy on nuclear radiation.
Here is the Federal Register notice —
are due by September 8, 2015 have been extended to November 19, 2015.
If adopted, this would permit all current radioactive releases, leaks, and ongoing emissions from nuclear power plants, and decrease evacuation zones, as well as allow Fukushima, Chernobyl, WIPP (New Mexico nuclear waste disposal site), Hanford, Oak Ridge, Nevada and Alaska test sites, Santa Susanna, Farallons nuclear waste dump, depleted uranium, nuclear weapons, and other international emissions, as long as the government deems them to be “low level”, to impact Americans under the fantasy of a hormesis effect.
No protective measures or public safety warnings would be considered necessary. Clean-up measures could be sharply reduced. Protection for medical and screening personnel working around radiation-emitting equipment could be reduced.
In a sense, this would legalize what the government is already doing – failing to protect the public and promoting nuclear radiation.
From commenters on ENE News:
If a pro-hormesis model is allowed to take hold, it will change things forever…
It could give the nuclear industry an excuse to release more radiation from nuclear power plants; an excuse for gov’t agencies to allow even more radiation in food and water; allow doctors to give you more radiation…
It allows you to be exposed to low-level radiation because “it’s good for you.”
As we all know, zero radiation is good for you.
And who will define what low-level radiation is? The same agencies that keep raising the amounts of allowable radiation?
This is a nightmare for human DNA and human health, imo.
Don’t be shy about commenting, everyone. Just do it.…
Tell the NRC. THIS MATTERS.
The NRC standard needs revised to be more protective. Just like non-ionizing wireless radiation exposure, impact is not necessarily linear. Chronic low dose can be much worse than a one-time high dose.
Public opposition is urgently needed now as well as exposing radiation hazards, including the devastating impact to DNA. Another example:
Here is the Federal Register notice —
are due by September 8, 2015 have been extended until November 19, 2015 .
There is a 5000 character limit in the open comment box. You can put a summary comment in the open comment box, and attach a comment letter.
This proceeding was opened at the request of just three individuals, in stark contrast to the thousands of requests for hearings and action by healthcare professionals, scientists, and regular Americans to the FCC, EPA, FDA, NRC, and Congress which have not resulted in proceedings being opened on public health issues.