[ RadSafe ] Re: Radiation Hormesis

Syd H. Levine syd.levine at mindspring.com
Sat Dec 29 01:02:46 CST 2007

The problem is that old "deference to the agency" one.  It is very difficult 
to get the courts to do anything about an unjust agency ruling unless there 
was a gross procedural error.

It is very similar to criminal appeals where mere innocence is not an 
appealable issue.  If the lower courts got the facts (or science) wrong, you 
will have a very difficult time getting the higher court to even look at the 

The fundamental problem with administrative law courts is that they are not 
really courts at all.  Until you have suffered through one of these ordeals, 
you cannot imagine the Kafkaesque nature of it all!


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Steven Dapra" <sjd at swcp.com>
To: "Bob Cherry" <bobcherry at satx.rr.com>; <radsafe at radlab.nl>
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2007 11:58 PM
Subject: RE: [ RadSafe ] Re: Radiation Hormesis

> Dec. 28
>         (Comments interspersed in the text.)
> Steven Dapra
> At 08:29 PM 12/28/07 -0600, Bob Cherry wrote:
>> >>How many layers of administrative law rulings must one slog through 
>> >>before
>>getting into the Federal courts?
>>One can appeal an NRC administrative law decision to the NRC 
>>The next level of appeal is the Federal courts. That is one layer of 
>>"slogging." I presume it is similar for other Federal agencies.
>         Fair enough with respect to NRC appeals.  What's it like at the 
> other agencies?  EPA?  OSHA?  And etc.
> SD
>> >>How expensive and time consuming is this?
>>Not cheap and not quick.
>>I grew up in Detroit three miles downwind of Henry Ford's Rouge Plant and
>>not far from U.S. Steel blast furnaces and a Marathon Oil refinery. While
>>the EPA has shortcomings, as do we all, the air is cleaner in my old
>>neighborhood now than when it was when I was a boy. Part of this is due to
>>the reduced steel production in the area, but EPA has the most to do with
>>it. The Detroit River, the Rouge River, and Lake Erie are in much better
>>shape than they were in 1970, primarily due to EPA's regulations.
>>Anybody here from Pittsburgh or Cleveland with similar stories?
>>Bob C
>         I'm glad the air is cleaner.  I would merely reiterate that state 
> governments should have been seeing to this, not the Federal government. 
> Perhaps the air would be even cleaner, and perhaps it would have got that 
> way sooner.  There is no way of knowing.  An intangible cost of this is 
> the loss of local control of and jurisdiction over a local problem, and a 
> precedent has been set for more and greater Federal intrusion.
> SD
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl [mailto:radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl] On 
>>Of Steven Dapra
>>Sent: Friday, December 28, 2007 6:06 PM
>>To: radsafe at radlab.nl
>>Subject: RE: [ RadSafe ] Re: Radiation Hormesis
>>Dec. 28
>>          Speaking only for myself, I do not like administrative law.  Yes 
>> I
>>know, a certain amount is necessary, however we have vastly too much of 
>>If one takes the limited government position, as I do, the EPA should not
>>exist.  Furthermore, even if I accepted its existence, this agency has far
>>too much power.  No government agency or department should have so much
>>          Our system is cumbersome, and it is cumbersome because it is so
>>large.  Whether or not it works well depends on one's definition of 
>>To use an extreme example, Joseph Stalin's ideas about working well are a
>>goodly distance from my ideas --- and the ideas of (I am
>>certain) all RADSAFErs.  To bring it up to date, the Bush/Cheney 
>>of what works well for guarding the nation's security . . . okay, point
>>          As far as appealing administraative law rulings into the Federal
>>courts is concerned, I am incredulous that Bob Cherry would say such a
>>thing.  How many layers of administrative law rulings must one slog 
>>before getting into the Federal courts?  How expensive and time consuming 
>>this?  Remember that in addition to fighting the battle with the 
>>agencies the appellant must also continue to run his business.  This can
>>become very time-consuming.  Besides, by the time the appellant gets into
>>the Federal courts, since he has already lost his administrative appeals 
>>arrives in Federal court with an automatic prejudice against his position.
>>Plus, he is fighting the limitless wealth and power of the Federal
>>government.  Sure, companies fight these battles and sometimes they even
>>win.  Even if the accused wins he is forced to bear an enormous financial
>>and emotional burden.  I would endorse what Syd says about "deference."
>>          Syd also said, "Pity is not what EPA deserves, I fear."  What 
>> the
>>EPA deserves is its abolition.  What it engenders is at best apprehension,
>>and probably (more often) fear.
>>Steven Dapra
>>At 01:44 PM 12/28/07 -0600, Bob Cherry wrote:
>> >It appears that Mr. Levine does not like our Federal system of
>> >administrative laws that regulatory agencies write in compliance with
>> >Congressional statutory law. I wonder if he would prefer that Congress
>> >write the administrative laws, too.
>> >
>> >Our system is cumbersome but I think it works well. I probably don't
>> >have the quote quite right, but it goes something like this: "Our
>> >system of government is the worst system, except for all the others."
>> >
>> >By the way, litigants can always appeal administrative law rulings into
>> >the "real" Federal court system if they wish. The alleged deference in
>> >that system may be in the eye of the beholder.
>> >
>> >Bob C
>> >
>> >-----Original Message-----
>> >From: radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl [mailto:radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl] On
>> >Behalf Of Syd H. Levine
>> >Sent: Friday, December 28, 2007 1:20 PM
>> >To: John Jacobus; Brennan, Mike (DOH); radsafe at radlab.nl
>> >Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] Re: Radiation Hormesis
>> >
>> >But EPA DOES write law.  They do it every day!  The legislators have
>> >delegated the vast majority of regulatory duties to administrative
>> >agencies like EPA.  Historically, this goes back to the original
>> >railroad regulatory scheme in the very late 1800s, but has become a
>> >true monster since 1970 when Nixon gave us the EPA.
>> >
>> >Congress merely says regulate some particular activity, and EPA is
>> >charged with developing the administrative law to accomplish same.
>> >Worse yet, if the agency decides you have violated some provision of
>> >this voluminous administrative law, you get the dubious honor of having
>> >the matter adjudicated before an "administrative law judge", generally
>> >an employee of the agency that promulgated the regulation to begin
>> >with.  If you ever do get to see a "real" judge, deference will be
>> >given to the agency ( a nice way of saying what you say will not 
>> >matter).
>> >
>> >Pity is not what EPA deserves, I fear.
>> >
>> >Syd H. Levine
>> >AnaLog Services, Inc.
>> >Phone:  (270) 276-5671
>> >Telefax:  (270) 276-5588
>> >E-mail:  analog at logwell.com
>> >Web URL:  www.logwell.com
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