From Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility – PEER
For Immediate Release: Oct 16, 2017
Contact: Kirsten Stade (202) 265-7337
PRUITT’S EPA: LEARNING TO LOVE RADIATION
Public Told “No Harmful Health Effects” from Significant Radiation Exposure
Washington, DC — In a startling public health reversal, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is now declaring that radiation exposures equivalent to as many as 5,000 chest x-rays “usually result in no harmful health effects,” according to an agency document posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). For decades, EPA had taken the position that “There is no known safe amount of radiation” and is responsible for enforcing laws such as the Safe Drinking Water Act, which prohibits public radiation exposure at levels the agency now says is safe.
In a September 2017 document titled “Questions & Answers for Radiological and Nuclear Emergencies,” EPA declares, in a FAQ format, the following:
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