Category Archives: Radiation

White House Supports Rollback of Cleanup Standards for Nuclear Incidents

In a stunning reversal, it appears that the Obama Administration is poised to rollback cleanup standards for nuclear incidents:

The White House has endorsed a plan to relax long-held standards for cleaning up radioactive material released by a nuclear power plant disaster or act of terrorism, a group of federal officials say in a new draft report.

NTI reports.…

DOE Proposes Unrestricted Recycling of Radioactive Metals Into Consumer Goods

In a stunning development, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) has proposed reversing a twelve year old policy that prohibits the use of recycled radioactive scrap metal materials in consumer goods.

In a letter to Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, CBG’s Dan Hirsch notes that the proposed policy change would “allow members of the public to be exposed to the equivalent of dozens of chest X-rays over their lifetimes from exposure to DOE nuclear waste, with no medical benefit and no informed consent.”  As the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has repeatedly determined, all doses of radiation increase the risk …

Radio Frequency (RF) Radiation from “SmartMeters”

February 11, 2011 — A recent report from the California Council on Science and Technology, requested by state legislators to assess potential risks from RF radiation from “SmartMeters” (new electric meters being installed on homes to broadcast energy usage), largely just cut and pasted claims from a recent brochure from the electric power industry, a CBG review discloses. Furthermore, because of two errors, the report appears to underestimate relative RF cumulative whole body exposures by a factor of approximately ten thousand, the CBG analysis indicates.

Read the CBG critique here.

CBG, NIRS, Sierra Club Critique “Non-Protective” NRC Radiation Standards

February 10, 2011 — NRC radiation standards allow workers to be exposed to radiation at levels that will cause cancer in a quarter of those exposed, according to the federal government’s own official estimates, CBG and two other organizations disclosed in a February 10 report. Furthermore, NRC radiation limits for the public allow cancer risks one hundred times higher than permitted for any other carcinogen, the report indicates.

Read the full report here.…

Simi Valley Moms Work to Cleanup Radioactive Neighborhood

Click the post title to watch a video regarding the hard work of Simi Valley citizens fighting to cleanup a radioactive neighborhood.

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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)…