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Trump Admin WorksTowards Relaxing EPA Radiation Laws


Trump administration is trying to weaken the US radiation regulations. Scientific outliers argue that just like sunlight, a little radiation exposure is good. Decades-old government guidance states that any kind of radiation exposure causes cancer. Critics say that this alteration could lead to greater exposure for all kinds of workers open to radiation release at any point. Trump administration has already targeted many regulations on pollutants and toxins stating that it can be too burdensome for businesses. EPA supporters say that no-tolerance rule by the government for radiation damage results in unnecessary expenditures in cases of accidents. Calabrese remarked in 2016 that this change could positively affect human health and save a lot of money. No particular adoption date has been fixed but it is open to public comment.

Radiation exists everywhere from making popcorn to potassium present in bananas. Although mostly it’s benign, shorter-wave higher-energy radiation like X-rays can invade and disrupt living calls causing cancer in some cases. EPA guidelines in March stated that even slight radiation exposure could increase risks of being cancer-infected later in life. In July, a part was added saying that exposure up to 100 millisieverts causes no negative health effects. Calabrese and supporters say that little amounts of radiation exposure could activate the repair mechanism of the body making people healthier. Spokesman of EPA John Konkus says that changes in rules will increase transparency. Steven Milloy via his blog is promoting Calabrese’s healthy radiation theory. Work of physicist Jan Beyea includes work with National Academies of Science regarding Fukushima nuclear power plant accident in 2011. He said that the EPA proposal will increase radiation in homes and workplaces. He added that although cancer risk may be low, the cumulative social risk isn’t.

Terrie Barrie said that people will be protected. American agencies have for so long maintained a policy that no radiation exposure is risk-free. This principle was reaffirmed this year by the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements. 20 out of 29 studies support that even low level of exposure increases cancer-risk. Other studies were found to be inconclusive. One was found to be flawed. Roy Shore said many believe that some safe threshold for radiation exists. One CT scan with 10 millisieverts dose may enhance cancer-risk by 1 in 2000 chances. Although EPA rule change does not specifically address chemicals and radiation, the official press release does. Supporters say that rethinking of radiation regulations is necessary.

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