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E-M:/ EPA to gut radiological protection standards

Hi folks,

EPA is also proposing to dramatically lower radiation protection standards, especially for drinking water. Read on from Beyond Nuclear's
http://www.beyondnuclear.org/ latest bulletin. - Kay Cumbow

Beyond Nuclear Bulletin
October 30, 2008

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering setting new drinking water standards that would allow radioactive concentrations in drinking water to be hundreds and even as much as a million times higher than current EPA limits.  Details about the EPA plans can be found on the Web site of Committee to Bridge the Gap. Committee to Bridge the Gap's assessment is here. The draft EPA guidance can be read here.

Our View: Clean up standards for radiation ? along with almost every good environmental law ? have been under assault by the Bush administration since it took office. Using Homeland Security as cover, the administration has attempted to increase ?acceptable? levels of human exposure to radiation in ominous anticipation of a radiological terrorist assault. Now the EPA is pushing to apply these same unacceptable standards to radioactive contamination from routine and accidental radiation releases as well. It is not yet known whether the EPA intends to release these ?standards? for comment or just declare them official.

What You Can Do: Use the CBG assessment (link above) to create your own letter to send to: Administrator Stephen L. Johnson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Ariel Rios Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20460. Tell him an eleventh-hour relaxation of standards during a lame duck Bush administration is unacceptable. Or, add your name and information to the sign-on letter found on the main CBG page. Or, send an email to cindy@beyondnuclear.org to sign on. Deadline is 5pm Thursday, November 6."