[ RadSafe ] Special issue of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

Scott, Bobby BScott at lrri.org
Thu May 3 14:17:42 CDT 2012

Dear Dr. Parthasarathy,


Thanks for pointing out the special issue of the Bulletin of Atomic
Scientist.  I will take a look at it the first chance I get, which may
be another week or two. Perhaps others on the list may also have
comments on the special issue.


Best wishes,


B. R. Scott




From: parthasarathy k s [mailto:ksparth at yahoo.co.uk] 
Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2012 9:29 PM
To: The International Radiation Protection( Health Physics) Mailing List
Cc: Scott, Bobby; stewart farber; Mike (DOH) Brennan
Subject: Special issue of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists


Dear Dr Scot Bobby,

I hope you had a chance to have a quick look at the recently (May 1st,
2012) issued special issue of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists covering
effects of low level radiation.

You can access it at:


I shall greatly appreciate  your critical appraisal of the issue. I have
the following preliminary observations:

1) Though the objective of the publication is to equip members of the
public with broad information on  the effects of low level radiation,
the authors with a few exceptions gave the impression that they believe
that radiation is riskier than what is believed.

2) While reviewing radiation effects, new phenomena such as Radiation
Repair Foci (RRF) which are shown to influence low dose interactions
favorably were not even mentioned. The report of the French Academy of
Sciences which is critical of LNT concept is dismissed without any
discussion. BEIR VII report is favourably mentioned while  the "French
study has been criticized, not just on the merits, but also for lack of

3) Work of EPRI is also criticized  because of its relation with
industry; Bulletin is known to be anti nuclear power 

4) The weaknesses of the Life Span Study is highlighted well. But
supported the 15 nation 
nuclear worker study on cancer. The author does not consider the
deficiencies in pooling the occupational histories of workers from
different countries to improve the statistical power of the study though
they have different genetic make up .

5) ON the whole the Bulletin tries to exaggerate the risks of radiation.
Public as a neutral stakeholder is not given a chance to appreciate the
complete picture.

I request you to read the special issue and give your views on it for
the benefit of the list.
I am marking this message to the list and to a few list members for
their participation in the discussion,




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