Dr. Wade Allison, the author of Radiation and Reason, was interviewed following a recent visit to Japan. He has a rational recommendation for the international radiation protection community – instead of setting radiation dose limits based on keeping them as close to zero as possible, why not choose levels that are based on keeping the hazard to human beings within reasonable levels.

 

 

It seems apparent to me that people accept many minor hazards because they recognize that accepting a little risk can make life richer. Instead of seeking to tighten rules on fossil fuels or other energy alternatives to the standards achieved by nuclear energy, why not ease the rules on nuclear energy to point where it poses a hazard no greater than what has already proven to be acceptable for its competitors?

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