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EPA Seeks Comment on Controversial Nuclear Response Guide
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Author:  KingCobra [ Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:32 pm ]
Post subject:  EPA Seeks Comment on Controversial Nuclear Response Guide

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By Douglas P. Guarino - Global Security Newswire wrote:
April 15, 2013
By Douglas P. Guarino
Global Security Newswire

WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday formally published a new guide suggesting that public health standards could be relaxed dramatically in the response to a nuclear attack or accident, triggering a 90-day public comment period that expires on July 15.

The document published in the Federal Register references drinking water guidelines nearly 30,000 times less stringent than the agency’s current rules. It also suggests officials cleaning up after a radiological “dirty bomb” attack or nuclear power plant accident do not have to follow EPA Superfund guidelines for environmental remediation.

A related report commissioned by the Homeland Security Department says those longstanding protocols should be replaced by measures that could allow one as many as in 20 people to develop cancer from long-term radiation exposure. Normally, the Environmental Protection Agency does not permit cancer risks greater than one in 10,000 in a worst-case scenario.

The new guide, which is labeled for “interim use” and is therefore now in effect, has already sparked a wave of criticism from watchdog groups and is attracting attention on Capitol Hill. During years of development, it has also generated concerns among some EPA and state government officials.

Diane D’Arrigo, of the nongovernmental Nuclear Information and Resource Service, said in a Monday release the new guide would “allow indecent exposures to radiation” and ignores concerns that women and children would be even more vulnerable to such exposures.

Gina McCarthy, the Obama administration’s nominee to become EPA administrator, declined to comment on the guide following her Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday. McCarthy oversaw development of the document as assistant administrator for air and radiation.

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