What is the Appropriate Radiation Level for Evacuations?
33rd Annual CNS Conference - 2012 June 10-13


Presented at:
33rd Annual CNS Conference
2012 June 10-13
Location:
Saskatoon, Canada
Session Title:
WFS - Safety & Licensing

Authors:
Jerry Cuttler (Cuttler & Associates Inc)
  

Abstract

What is the Appropriate Radiation Level for Evacuations?

J. M. Cuttler

jerrycuttler@rogers.com

Cuttler & Associates Inc., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

 

Abstract

 

This commentary reviews the international radiation protection policy that resulted in the evacuation of more than 90,000 residents from areas near the Fukushima Daiichi NPS and the enormous expenditures to protect them against a hypothetical risk of cancer. The basis for the precautionary measures is shown to be invalid; the radiation level chosen for evacuation is not conservative. The actions caused unnecessary fear and suffering. An appropriate level for evacuation is recommended. Radical changes to the ICRP recommendations are long overdue.

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