Category Archives: Radiation

CBG and Other Groups File Suit to Block Plutonium Building Disposal in Unlicensed Dumps

The Committee to Bridge the Gap has released a 114 page study by Daniel Hirsch and Ethan Miska disclosing that the California Department of Toxic Substances Control and the Department of Public Health have been approving–without environmental review or opportunity for public comment–proposals by the Boeing Company to demolish radioactive structures at the Santa Susana Field Lab (SSFL).  SSFL is the site of a long-secret partial nuclear meltdown CBG revealed in 1979, and there is widespread contamination from decades of other accidents, spills and releases.  The CBG study shows that Boeing’s own measurements indicate radioactive contamination in the structures torn …

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 …

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 …