[ RadSafe ] Re:Reasonable risk?

Muckerheide, James jimm at WPI.EDU
Fri Apr 21 10:45:54 CDT 2006

Michael McNaughton Sent: Friday, April 21, 2006 9:59 AM
To: Maury Siskel; radsafe at radlab.nl
> At 07:55 PM 04/20/2006, you wrote:
> >All of these value judgments are synonyms for zero judgment,
> >responsibility, and authority.
> Would it help if we had an objective way to quantify it? For example, the
> use of a money seems to me helpful. Some people quantify ALARA as: $10,000
> per rem. I find this helpful when I am told to apply the ALARA principle to
> a 3 mrem/year dose to a hypothetical individual at the site boundary. I
> say: 3 mrem is equivalent to $30, so let's not talk too long.
> mike
> Mike McNaughton
> Los Alamos National Lab.
> email: mcnaught at LANL.gov or mcnaughton at LANL.gov
> phone: 505-667-6130; page: 505-664-7733

Hmmm...  What does this say about EPA limits of 4 mrem/year for Yucca
Mountain, and from radium in drinking water presently costing municipal water
suppliers $100s millions to fix for concentrations below about 12 mrem/year?

Regards, Jim

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