Danger of ‘low level’ ionising radiation may be underestimated

A new report about low dose ionising radiation was recently published, – one that should put a spanner in the works of the nuclear lobby. Studies of the Mortality of Atomic Bomb Survivors, 2012 Report 14, 1950 2003: An Overview of Cancer and Non- cancer Diseases.

But first of all, let me explain why this report is so important and so timely.

It’s a year after the Fukushima disaster. So the nuclear lobby thinks that it’s time to restart the nuclear renaissance, and to stop worrying about ionising radiation.

To this end, the industry, and particularly the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have projects under way.

Two particular projects are going on – seemingly unrelated ones. But they are, in fact, closely related. Both aim to dampen the public concern about ionising radiation – indeed to promote acceptance of “low level radiation”:

– One sets out to downgrade nuclear emergency procedures.

– The other aims at discrediting the scientifically accepted model on the cancer risk of low level radiation. (This model, known as the Linear No Threshold model (LNT) states that there is no level below which ionising radiation is not harmful, risk increases with each added unit of radiation)

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