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It is worrisome that Edison nuclear operator David Davison is wrong about so many facts.
I stated that the release dates for radioactive discharges into the atmosphere and ocean are secret. David disputes this and says they are not secret. He is wrong. The dates of release are never disclosed. The nuclear industry does not want the public to know these dates so the Nuclear Regulatory Commission accommodates them by requiring only that they submit quarterly summaries.
Statements that low-level radiation is safe, does not affect cell DNA, and is not cumulative are irresponsible. The NRC makes up its own arbitrary standards to suit the industry. Their solution to radiation hazards is not to reduce radiation, but rather to raise the levels of what they call “safe.” The NRC now plans to raise the allowable public radiation exposure to 100 mSv (the EPA safe standard is 0.25 mSv). The deadline for public comment is Nov. 19.
Let’s face it, the NRC is run by political appointees hand chosen by the nuclear industry which provides 90 percent of its funding. It is not a scientific body and its statements have little scientific credibility. This is obvious from its deliberately misleading statements about cancer and the fact that it is afraid to let the National Academy of Sciences perform a scientific study on cancer effects near nuclear power plants.
Let’s all band together and get this waste removed to a safer interim storage site. And as long as it says here, let’s insist on the safest possible means of storage. Without massive public support, neither of these goals will be realized.