The EPA is preparing to dramatically increase permissible radioactive releases in drinking water, food and soil after “radiological incidents,” according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.
What is termed a guidance that EPA is considering – as opposed to a regulation – does not require public airing before it’s decided upon.
EPA officials contacted today in the Atlanta and D.C. offices had no response on the issue as of 6 p.m.
The radiation guides called Protective Action Guides or PAGs are protocols for responding to radiological events ranging from nuclear power-plant accidents to dirty bombs.
Drinking water, for example, would have a huge increase in allowable public exposure to radioactivity, the group says, that would include:
A nearly 1000-fold increase in strontium-90
A 3000 to 100,000-fold hike for iodine-131
An almost 25,000 rise for nickel-63
The new radiation guidance would also allow long-term cleanup standards thousands of times more lax than anything EPA has ever before accepted, permitting doses to the public that EPA itself estimates would cause a cancer in as much as every fourth person exposed, the group says.
These relaxed standards are opposed by public health professionals inside EPA, according to documents PEER said it obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
PEER is a national alliance of local state and federal resource professionals
Source: The Tennessean
NUCLEAR ALERT FUKUSHIMA…MELTDOWN STARTED – PLUTONIUM LEAK OF RADIATION OFFICIALS
The contradictory reports are confusing the public.
Expert on ABC News Admits Slow Meltdown is Already Happening
This is a copy – the original was pulled from the Internet. This is heartbreaking!
I found this posted late yesterday on Free Republic.
A text message from my nephew in Japan. He works for a contractor that services news organizations worldwide.
MARK – ARRIVED HERE ONE WEEK AFTER QUAKE. 145 MILES FROM REACTORS. AREA IS INDUSTRIAL WAREHOUSE COMPOUND. WE HAVE TRUCKS FOOD WATER FUEL GENERATORS BATTERIES BEDDING HYGIENE CAMERAS DISH AND RADIOS DROPPED HERE 8 DAYS BEFORE QUAKE. 2 – 6.0+ QUAKES HERE SINCE. BUILDINGS OK. 3 NEWS TEAMS USING OUR STUFF. BUSY. NRC AND DOD HAS WAREHOUSES IN HERE. DOD JUST SET UP SECURITY. NRC GUYS HERE ARE PISSED. THEY WANTED MILES OF TRASH BURNED BEFORE IT COULD BLOW AND FLOAT INTO THE NORTH PACIFIC GYRE. NOW IT IS CONTAMINATED AND BURNING MAY BE BAD. US STATE DEPARTMENT AND JAPANESE GOVERNMENT STOPPED THE BURN. RESUPPLY HERE SLOW. BE HOME MAY 15-20. BACK HERE IF CONTRACTS SIGNED BY JUNE. GITD GARY-
Source: TEXT FROM JAPAN