Author Archives: CBG

Bush EPA Attempts Relaxation of Radiation Protections As It Leaves Office

02/13/2009 Result:Obama Administration Withdraws Action Before it is Published in Federal Register

Victory! Obama Administration pulls back last-minute radiation regulation relaxation by Bush Administration, days before publication in the Federal Register. The regulation would have relaxed drinking water standards for radiation by factors of hundreds to millions. Fight not over. EPA reviewing the standards; could still issue them. Write EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, congratulate her on pulling back these horrid standards and urge her to permanently block their issuance. MORE . . .

  • Read CBG/PEER news release and CBG study, which shows the astronomical increases in permissible exposures,

Historic SSFL Agreement

January 17: Agreement Reached Between the Schwarzenegger Administration, CBG and Other Groups that Santa Susana Nuke Site will be Cleaned Up to Strictest Superfund Standards At a press conference on January 15, Cal-EPA Secretary Linda Adams, CBG’s Dan Hirsch and others announced what Secretary Adams called a “historic agreement” between the Administration and environmental and community groups that the heavily contaminated Santa Susana Field Laboratory will be cleaned up to the strictest EPA Superfund standards. More . . .

California Nuke initiative Bites the Dust

November 19 2008 – A proposed ballot measure to revoke California’s nuclear safeguards law — which prohibits new reactors until and unless there is a permanent solution to the high level radioactive waste disposal problem — was withdrawn from circulation by its sponsor on November 19. Bridge the Gap and other groups had worked hard to fight efforts to place the initiative on the ballot, forcing a recognition that its chances of passage were dismal. “This reversal may represent the beginning of the end for nuclear advocates pushing for a revival of this terribly dangerous technology,” said CBG’s Dan Hirsch.…

Bush EPA Plans For Dramatically Relaxing Radiation Protection Before Leaving Office

10/30/2008: Plans to greatly increase permissible public exposures from a wide range of events resulting in release of radioactivity were condemned today by scores of organizations and individuals in a letter to EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson.

A detailed report by Committee to Bridge the Gap reveals, radionuclide by radionuclide, the astronomical concentrations of radioactive contamination in drinking water proposed, which are orders of magnitude higher than EPA’s longstanding drinking water limits. MORE . . .

New Yucca Rule Would Allow Equivalent of 1700 Chest Xrays Over a Lifetime

Would Produce 1 Cancer Per 125 People Exposed

10/12/2008: EPA has now finalized the radiation protection standards for Yucca at 15 millirem/year for the first 10,000 years and 100 millirem/year thereafter. The 100 millirem figure is a breathtaking break with decades of EPA strenuous positions that permitting that high an exposure is “nonprotective of health.”

Click here for CBG’s Press Release (pdf)…

CBG’s Hirsch testifies before U.S. Senate Environment Committee About “Nuclear Amnesia”

September 18 – At the invitation of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, CBG’s Dan Hirsch testified in Washington on September 18. Using the history of nuclear accidents, radioactive spills, releases, and broken cleanup promises from the Santa Susana Field Lab as a case study, Hirsch warns that an effort to revive nuclear power risks a huge repeat of the disasters the last we tried this.

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