[ RadSafe ] ALARA, BRC ,& regulatoty self-interest

Jerry Cohen jjcohen at prodigy.net
Tue Jun 24 12:35:58 CDT 2008

Lots of people make a good living regulating the nuclear industry.
Most of this effort is directed toward further reducing radiation doses
that are already quite low.  I have heard many explanations
of why the BRC concept was rejected, but I believe that self-interest
was the primary reason. Nobody wants to kill the goose that lays
the golden eggs.   Jerry

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Perle, Sandy" <sperle at mirion.com>
To: "Jerry Cohen" <jjcohen at prodigy.net>; <radsafe at radlab.nl>
Sent: Monday, June 23, 2008 2:56 PM
Subject: RE: [ RadSafe ] ALARA

>> The clear message that ALARA imparts is that radiation must be
extremely dangerous even at very low dose levels. Otherwise, how could
such extreme control measures be justified?<<


I concur.

More justification for a reasonable and logical "Below Regulatory
Concern" (BRC) threshold. That would eliminate the fear mongering, and allow
implementation of effective measures where the dose reduction is
warranted. This would facilitate significant cost savings, focus on the
real issues and allow the workforce to work on what is important, and,
get the politics out of radiation control and implementation programs.


Sander C. Perle
Mirion Technologies
Dosimetry Services Division
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