The Environmental Protection Agency is rethinking its position on radiation, with the AP reporting that the agency under Trump is exploring rule changes that experts say would weaken the way radiation exposure is regulated.
The agency, the report says, is “turning to scientific outliers who argue that a bit of radiation damage is actually good for you — like a little bit of sunlight.”
“The government’s current, decades-old guidance says that any exposure to harmful radiation is a cancer risk,” the AP reports. “And critics say the proposed change could lead to higher levels of exposure for workers at nuclear installations and oil and gas drilling sites, medical workers doing X-rays and CT scans, people living next to Superfund sites and any members of the public who one day might find themselves exposed to a radiation release.”
The report notes that the Trump administration has already targeted various other regulations on toxins and pollutants, such as coal power plant emissions and car exhaust, which the administration sees as costly and burdensome for businesses.
“Supporters of the EPA’s proposal argue the government’s current model that there is no safe level of radiation — the so-called linear no-threshold model — forces unnecessary spending for handling exposure in accidents, at nuclear plants, in medical centers and at other sites.”