[ RadSafe ] LNT, ALARA, etc.

David Hunter - Hunter Geophysics david.hunter at huntergeophysics.com
Mon Feb 24 16:02:03 CST 2014

Hi list,

I am relatively new to this area of science, coming from a background in archaeology and geophysics, and haven’t had any formal education in radiation physics. Hence, I am looking to learn whatever I can about radiation as I have come to the conclusion that nuclear energy is vital for a low-carbon future. (Here in Australia, nuclear power is completely banned and equated with the devil, so I really need to know what I’m talking about before I can start trying to convince others).

I have heard of the current discussions about LNT being complete nonsense before, but haven’t been able to find any studies published in peer-reviewed journals.

In a similar vein, I recently saw the film Pandora’s Promise (a pro-nuclear power documentary). In the documentary, they showed how radiation levels near Fukushima were less than on e.g. a beach somewhere, on an aircraft, etc. That was great to see it visually, but it would be useful if there has been a similar study (comparing radiation near nuclear reactors and other areas nowhere near reactors) that is actually a peer-reviewed paper.

Could someone please point me in the direction of any particular papers about these two matters?

Thank you in advance for your help.

Best regards,

David Hunter
Hunter Geophysics
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