Comments from SARI and XLNT Foundation on the ICRP draft “Radiological Protection of People and the Environment in the Event of a Large Nuclear Accident” (Mohan Doss) Canada Germany Iran New Zealand Poland UK USofA25.Oct.2019
Mohn Doss, Medical Physicist in Diagnostic Imaging: The ICRP should rewrite the draft document based on the observed health effects of exposure to low-level radiation rather than the extrapolation of high dose data to low doses. It is not logical to determine the health effect of taking a single caplet of medicine by extrapolating the health effect of taking 50, 100, 200, 400, etc. caplets at a time, though it would be mathematically simple and convenient to do. It would be very unwise and dangerous to take actions based on such extrapolations. The ICRP should discontinue the use of the LNT model, discontinue the recommendations of low annual public radiation dose limits, and limit its discussions to avoidance of high radiation doses to the radiation workers and the public in the case of nuclear accidents.
Jerry Cuttler, D.Sc. in nuclear sciences and engineering, recipient of 2011 International Dose-Response Society Award for Outstanding Career Achievement: This presentation describes low dose radiation treatments for more than 120 years. Describes mechanism for beneficial effects. Ionizing radiation effects on DNA and H2O. Radiotherapy for sinus infections, pneumonia, wound healing, bronchial asthma, inflammatory disease. Discussion of Threshold model versus Linear No-Threshold model for estimating radiation induced cancer. Radiobiological basis of low-dose irradiation in prevention and therapy of cancer. Radon therapy for cancer. Rheumatoid arthritis. Diabetes. Phemphigus auto immune disease. Neurodegenerative diseases. Parkinsons disease. Alzheimer's disease. Important conclusions.
Bruno Comby, President of Environmentalists for Nuclear. He is an author on 11 books on nuclear energy, the environment, and healthy living.: Iodine tablets have been distributed around French nuclear sites since shortly after Tchernobyl in 1986. But they were until now distributed in a radius of “only” 10 km around each NPP site to a total population of about 700 000 for the whole of France (less than 1% of the total population). In case of a nuclear accident with any amount of external leakage, all the population in that zone will probably be instructed to swallow the tablet. It gives politicians the feeling they can take an important decision to “save” (most probably from a low dose exposure and nonexistent danger) the population in case of a major accident. Playing this needless game will hurt public acceptance of nuclear power. The government doesn't issue pills to save the population from any other risk from modern living. This is an extreme example of being fored to use the Linear No-Threshold model, LNT, for estimating risk of low dose radiation exposure. That is what the anti-nuclear forces want. It could mean the end of nuclear power in Europe and North America. The risk of dying from living near or an accident at a nuclear power plant is much lower than all other activities, including just living in a cabin out in the wilderness.
John Shanahan, Editor of allaboutenergy.net, Civil Engineer, David Wojick, Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow, CFACT, Washington, D.C., Ph.D. Philosophy of Science and Mathematical Logic, B.Sc. Civil Engineering: Many nuclear power organizations and utilities have contributed to the terrible situation nuclear power is in by passively accepting unnecessary crippling criteria and demands of anti-nuclear organizations. These organizations can't be more pleased. A lot of the public and elected officials are in a state of deep seated fear and misguided understanding about radiation and nuclear power. Before a large new effort for nuclear power can be launched, many things must change. Nuclear organizations must solve real problems holding nuclear power back. With the right leadership, the nuclear industry in the West could be back on track in a few decades. But, this is most likely going to take longer.