[ RadSafe ] A judges' criticism of John W Gofman ? Arthur RTamplin?

tinyyoli tinyyoli at aol.com
Sun May 5 17:58:11 CDT 2013

    I used the same argument. The response was that we can't do anything about 
natural radiation, but we can live without nuclear power plants. In either case, 
we are talking about a small fraction of the overall death rate.

From: Steven Dapra <sjd at swcp.com>
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Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] A judges' criticism of John W Gofman ? Arthur RTamplin?

May 5

        Background radiation exposes that ~300 million to approximately 2.5 
times 170 mrem/a.  Show us the corpses, (Messrs. Gofman and Tamplin).

Steven Dapra

At 02:38 PM 5/5/2013, you wrote:
> Brent,
>    I agree. It is certainly possible for  good scientists to have bad 
> Several years ago, I worked with Gofman and Tamplin at LLNL. Although I did 
> agree with their "logic", I could understand how their application of ICRP
> guidance might lead to several thousands " additional deaths" in this country.
> Simply stated, they "reasoned" that if the entire population of the USA (~ 300
> million) were exposed to a  maximum allowable dose of 170 mrem/a, roughly 
> additional deaths would occur. Of course, the news media had a field day
> publicizing this "revelation". Although I could not agree with the reasoning,
> their math seemed  OK. I hesitate to suggest it, but perhaps the "logic" used 
> development of the ICRP guidance should be open to some question.
> Jerry Cohen


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