Widespread myths about nuclear energy and exaggerated radiation dangers

Widespread myths about nuclear energy and exaggerated radiation dangers

ACSH advisor Dr. Jerry Cuttler, an independent consultant based in Toronto, has been carrying on an almost solitary crusade to de-mythologize and tether to actual evidence the widespread fears and regulatory hyper-precaution concerning ionizing radiation and nuclear power. His recent talk at the VII International School on Nuclear Power, National Centre for Nuclear Research, in Warsaw Poland, was entitled Radiation effects on humans and organisms, and reasons for the fear.

His main focus was on the enhanced fear of radiation effects subsequent to the tsunami-induced damage to the Fukushima nuclear reactor in Japan in March of 2011. Some of his main points bear repeating:

  • Fukushima radiation same as natural background radiation
  • Evacuation resulted in 1600 premature deaths
  • Precautionary action was not “conservative”
  • Chronic radiation is beneficial < 700 mGy/year. Radiation becomes harmful > 700 mGy/year (According to the National Council on Radiation Protection, the average person receives about 3.6 mGy/year from background sources and a dental X-ray is about .005 mGy).
  • The official policy, “linear non-threshold,” is invalid, based not on science, but on antinuclear ideology
  • End regulations based on politicized science

 
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