[ RadSafe ] Excess relative risk: LNT "Shorthand"
hflong at pacbell.net
Thu Feb 14 14:09:52 CST 2008
Sandy and all,
1, LNT, when extrapolated down beyond the data, is dumb.
It misleads unnecessarily, now that better animal, bomb and natural experiments are available.
It's convenient "shorthand" is used for intolerable, very expensive, over-regulation.
2, ALARA is a good tool, but like a knife, may be used where not "reasonable",
like anti-nukes force on the nuclear power industry to close safe operations and require
removal of beneficial doses in new plants.
----- Original Message ----
From: Sandy Perle <sandyfl at cox.net>
To: howard long <hflong at pacbell.net>; radsafe at radlab.nl
Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2008 10:01:15 AM
Subject: RE: [ RadSafe ] Excess relative risk: LNT "Shorthand"
I offer the following points:
1. One can not categorically equate LNT with “burdens Nuclear power with dumb regulation, crippling the USA economy”
2. As far as this statement, “ALARA, which I used for my office x-rays, is simplistic but deadly when applied to the complex facilities needed in a nuclear age and may deprive people from Cameron's "essential trace energy.” ALARA is simply a tool that evaluates the radiation work environment, the key emphasis placed on “Reasonable”, therefore, how can this be defined a being deadly when compared to the complex facilities needed in a nuclear age? ALARA has been around a long time, subsequent to ALAP, and for the most part has worked well. Without a philosophy, or regulatory requirement, there would not have been the progress made, and perhaps, public confidence would not be on the rise. Yes, economics is key to the nuclear renaissance we see, but public confidence drives political thought. If the public were totally against nuclear power, there would be no renaissance.
Sander C. Perle
Mirion Technologies, Inc., Dosimetry Services Division
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On Behalf Of howard long
"Shorthand" LNT (Jacobus, below) burdens Nuclear power with dumb regulation,
crippling the USA economy.
Should regulators, who impose 10 times the cost and time to build a reactor,
in graphs from Ted Rockwell's book, be allowed to so simplify for their own "shorthand"
convenience? Let them learn calculus instesd of imposing their simple arithmetic.
ALARA, which I used for my office x-rays, is simplistic but deadly when applied to
the complex facilities needed in a nuclear age and may deprive people from
Cameron's "essential trace energy".
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