Category Archives: Nuclear Policy

CBG’s Presentation to EPA on Efforts to Weaken Radiation Standards

Bridge the Gap’s presentation to the EPA Deputy Administrator and other senior EPA officials on efforts to weaken radiation standards and failures in EPA’s radiation monitoring system in the U.S. during Fukushima. Meeting included NRDC, Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Bridge the Gap, among others.

  • View the presentation in powerpoint format here.
  • View the presentation as a pdf here.

CBG, Enviro Groups Write EPA About Efforts to Relax Radiation Standards and Problems with U.S. Fukushima Radiation Monitoring

CBG along with other environmental groups wrote to eputy Administrator Perciasepe, General Council Fulton, Assistant Administrators McCarthy and Stanislaus, and Acting Assistant Administrator Stoner regarding a series of radiation protection matters, made more important in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear tragedy. In 2009, many of the groups met with officials  regarding a number of radiation protection policy matters, including controversial draft Protective Action On August 5, 2009, Guides (PAGs) proposed in the last days of the Bush Administration to relax standards for protection of the public from exposure to radiation in case

Extraordinary AP Series on NRC Lax Regulations of U.S. Nuclear Safety

This series of articles by AP reporters discuss the loosening of safety rules for aging nuclear reactors, the the presence of radioactive tritium leaks at 48 US nuke sites, US nuclear evacuation plans that are outdated and inadequate, and how long nuclear reactors are designed to last.

Japan crisis reminds us plutonium, CO2 not the only choices

Sacrament Bee OpEd by S. David Freeman and Dan Hirsch in which Mr. Freeman and CBG’s Dan Hirsch contend that the energy policy debate in America was, sadly, incomplete before the nuclear disaster in Japan.  This unfortnate incident illustrated the awesome radioactive threats that are posed by nuclear power, which has been characterized by the nuclear industry as the “magic bullet” for America’s energy needs.

click here to read the full OpEd.

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CBG, Sierra Club, NIRS Comments on NRC Proposed Revisions to Radiation Standards

At the heart of what should be the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s prime mission is protection of the public and nuclear workers from exposure to radiation. Unfortunately, current NRC radiation protection regulations allow exposures at levels so high that its own official excess risk estimates associated with the permissible radiation doses generally exceed by orders of magnitude allowable risks for any other carcinogen. The NRC’s radiation protection standards are desperately in need of being markedly tightened.

Read the full Rad Comments by clicking here.(.pdf)…