AW: [ RadSafe ] Fears promoted by anti-nuclear Greens

Franz Schönhofer franz.schoenhofer at
Wed Mar 15 11:24:38 CST 2006


Please, please, do not cite lawyers (!!) as authorities on LNT. Sometimes
judges have a little common sense and they know, what lawyers are paid for.
Nevertheless how "dangerous" some action may be, if the activity is in
accordance with law is it legal. You might know, that it is dangerous to
drive a car, not to talk about a motorcycle, to live in New Orleans or to
fly to vacation, to eat too many hamburgers. Is it illegal? 

Please, please, do not cite Gofman. We all know how serious we can take his
verbal or written effluents. Why should we be afraid of his opinions?

Please, please, do not cite some books, which obviously are not about a
scientific issue, but are simply propaganda.

So deliberate misuse of the concept of LNT to support ones agenda is in my
opinion no reason to abandon it.

Best regards,


Franz Schoenhofer
PhD, MR iR
Habicherg. 31/7
A-1160 Vienna
phone -43-0699-1168-1319

> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> Von: dckosloff at [mailto:dckosloff at]
> Gesendet: Mittwoch, 15. März 2006 17:21
> An: Franz Schönhofer
> Cc: 'John Jacobus'; maurysis at; radsafe at;
> Rainer.Facius at; tom.mohaupt at
> Betreff: Re: [ RadSafe ] Fears promoted by anti-nuclear Greens
> Franz
> Here is an example of how the LNT is used in a public statement by lawyers
> today:
>     "While Exelon claims that there is no danger to residents from the
>    spills, there is no safe threshold for radiation exposure without an
>    increased risk of diseases like cancer," he said.
> I have seen many other such examples used by many different people.
> Sometimes such uses are accompanied by calculations that show that some
> tiny increase in radiation exposure will certainly cause a specific number
> of deaths.  Dr. Gofman has used the LNT to calculate the number of deaths
> caused by exposure to normal background radiation.  There is a book called
> "The Petkau Effect" that asserts that the LNT significantly understates
> the
> death and illness caused by very low exposures.  The NRC has even posted a
> brief discussion on its website about such misuse of the LNT.
> Don Kosloff
> Bedford, Ohio
>              Franz Schönhofer
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>                                        AW: AW: [ RadSafe ] Fears promoted
>                                        by anti-nuclear Greens
> I cannot remember having seen any anti-nuclear, green, anti-radiation or
> whatever movement referring to ICRP, to LNT, to BEIR, to mSv or
> whatsoever.
> Have you, RADSAFErs ever seen anything in this context?
> Best regards,
> Franz
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