ACTION ALERT: Tell NRC to reject efforts by pro-nuke fanatics to weaken radiation standards
Email your comments to the NRC by November 19th!
Please join Nukewatch, the Nuclear Information and Research Service (NIRS) and dozens of other groups around the country and take action to counter the efforts of a small group of pro-nuclear fanatics to weaken our nation’s radiation protection regulations. If anything, these rules should be strengthened instead.
Make your voice heard on this critical issue! Download the sample comments below, edit them to reflect your own concerns, and email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line "Docket Nos. PRM-20-28, PRM-20-29, and PRM-20-30, NRC-2015-0057" by November 19th. Please tell friends, neighbors and colleagues to do the same. Thank you!
Here's a summary of what's at stake, from our friends at NIRS:
"In February, a group of pro-nuclear fanatics—there is really no other way to describe them—submitted three petitions for rulemaking to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). These three petitions would turn the entire basis for radiation protection standards on its head: they argue that the “Linear No-Threshold” (LNT) radiation model used by the NRC, EPA, and most modern societies should be replaced by a “hormesis” model.
Here’s the basic difference between the two models: the LNT model, endorsed by the National Academies of Sciences and used by all government agencies, acknowledges that there is no such thing as a “safe” level of radiation exposure. All exposure carries some risk of cancer or other disease, and that risk rises with the amount of exposure. The “hormesis” model, on the other hand, asserts—with little to no scientific backing—that exposure to very low levels of radiation can actually be beneficial to people, and that there is no concern about exposures until they reach high levels.
If implemented, the hormesis model would result in needless death and misery. The concept of ALARA, as weak as it is (a requirement that nuclear operators reduce exposures only “as low as reasonably achievable”) would be tossed out the window. Emergency Planning Zones would be significantly reduced or abolished entirely. Instead of being forced to spend money to limit radiation releases, nuclear utilities could pocket greater profits."
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