July 1, 2016
The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) has quietly proposed to raise the allowable
levels of radioactivity in drinking water a nuclear incident to hundreds
of times their current limits. If this guidance goes through, EPA's
action will allow people to drink water with concentrations of
radioactivity at vastly higher levels.
Look no further than the
current water crisis in Flint, Michigan to understand concern that the
EPA will not act to protect public health in an emergency. In this case,
the EPA is attempting to ensure that it would not have to act
decisively to protect public health!
But there is still time to act.
Call in to the July 13 telebriefing to find out more.
are invited to join us on WEDNESDAY JULY 13 for a national
telebriefing: Dangerous Drinking Water, with presentations by leading
experts and activists:
Diane D’Arrigo, Radioactive Waste Project Director, Nuclear Information and Resource Service
Daniel Hirsch, Director, Program on Environmental and Nuclear Policy, University of California Santa Cruz
Emily Wurth, Water Program Director, Food and Water Watch
Moderated by NIRS Executive Director, Tim Judson
open and free event will be on the phone, starting at 8 pm eastern, 7
pm central, 6 pm mountain and 5 pm pacific. We will reserve the second
half of the program for questions and discussion.
Register to attend the July 13 telebriefing.
program will focus on EPA Guidance that massively increases the
permitted levels of radioactivity in drinking water for years after any
nuclear incident that requires consideration of “protective action,”
ranging from a spill, leak or transport accident to a dirty bomb or
nuclear meltdown—a nuclear accident of any kind, big or small.
Allowable concentrations of radioactive elements allowed to come out of
your tap would rise hundreds or even thousands of times above the
current Maximum Concentration Levels allowed under the Safe Drinking
Water Act regulations. Click here to review EPA’s proposal.
Energy is Dirty in many dimensions, but first, and foremost because of
its dangerous ionizing radiation. The EPA guidance, allowing us to drink
highly radioactive water is a clever effort to bypass existing limits,
which the law prevents from being weakened. It is yet another way to
shift liability and cleanup costs to the public from industry and
government in case of a “nuclear event.” For instance, for most
radionuclides the Safe Drinking Water levels are based on no more than 4
millirems a year exposure from drinking water; the proposed water PAGs
would allow 500 millirems a year with no notice, and no action to limit
exposure to adults. This difference protects the government and industry
from any liability from massively increased health consequences.
EPA for the first time ever admits that those under 15 years of age are
at greater risk than adults the draft PAG only pays lip-service to
considering a lower level which is still enormously higher than current
water limits. This is in addition to rest of EPA PAGs, which allow even
more exposure from air and food.
Call in to learn more about this federal guidance and how to help stop it.
Thanks for all you do,
Mary Olson, Southeast Office Director
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