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

Demopoulos, Paul pdemopoulos at af.umaryland.edu
Tue Jun 24 16:38:53 CDT 2008


I was at a BRC public meeting conducted in Philadelphia, and it seems
the reason why the BRC concept was
dropped was because of the public opposition to it. The opposition came
in with dolls and 
said something to the effect that the NRC wanted to kill the babies. 


-----Original Message-----
From: radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl [mailto:radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl] On
Behalf Of Jerry Cohen
Sent: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 1:36 PM
To: Perle, Sandy; radsafe at radlab.nl
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] ALARA, BRC ,& regulatoty self-interest

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
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
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