Category: Nuclear Terrorism

EPA Dramatically Weakens Radiation Protections

EPA has just issued (April 15, 2013) new Protective Action Guides (PAGs) for dealing with radioactive releases. The new PAGs are in many ways worse than the extremely weak PAGs Bush tried to push out in the last days of that Administration that Obama pulled back.  The PAGs eliminate requirements to evacuate people when thyroid or skin radiation doses exceed certain levels, lift a lifetime limit on radiation from such an event that would have triggered relocation, recommend dumping radioactive waste in municipal garbage dumps not designed for such waste, and propose five options for drinking water, all of which …

San Onofre’s Troubles Deepen

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the repair costs for San Onofre are exploding.  Meantime, after years of employee complaints, KPBS reports that federal regulators are now looking into claims that San Onofre’s cyber-security training is outdated, at best.  The San Diego Union Tribune also reports that 70% power at San Onofre seems to be the “new norm.”…

Federal Report Could Lead To Greater Cancer Risk at Dirty Bomb Sites

Global Security Newswire and the National Journal report:

People living near the site of a radiological attack could face greater cancer risks then what the government would normally allow if officials follow the anticipated recommendations of an upcoming report commissioned by the U.S. Homeland Security Department.

CBG’s Dan Hirsch calls the proposed lax standards “ethically indefensible.”…