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Comment on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Draft “Guide for Drinking Water after a Radiological Incident” here: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2007-0268 Due Jul 25, 2016 11:59 PM ET 06/10/2016 ID: EPA-HQ-OAR-2007-0268
Comment submitted on June 13th, 2016:
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“TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
In order to defend the withdrawal of your “Draft Protective Action Guide for Drinking Water after a Radiological Incident,” I urge you to consider the National Academy of Sciences BEIR VII report which reaffirms that there is no safe dose of radiation no matter how small.
No only is any increase in allowable radiation exposures a danger to the populations you are charged with protecting, BEIR VII particularly emphasizes that infants, women and children are harmed more severely by a given dose of radiation exposure than the adult males generally used as the basis for setting radiation exposure standards.
Please consider in addition the European Committee on Radiation Risk’s “2003 Recommendations” (“The Health Effects of Ionising Radiation Exposure at Low Doses for Radiation Protection Purposes,” published by Green Audit, 2003) which is intended for regulators like you and other who have to make decisions about the health effects of radioactive releases.
Taken together these studies make clear that the EPA must strengthen not weaken action guides for drinking water both after a radiological incident and in its permanent routine ongoing rules. I urge you to permanently withdraw the proposed protective action guide.
I wish to reserve my right to submit additional comments on this outrageous and reckless endangerment of public health.” https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2007-0268-0214
Recent research suggests that risk may be at least 15 times worse than BEIR thought: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/19/another-look-at-the-recent-low-dose-radiation-exposure-study-inworks/ The risk is especially high when ingested.