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Timeline: Crumbling radiation protection standards

1954 "National Committee on Radiation Protection and Measurements" Page 23: "Permissible dose may then be defined as the dose of ionizing radiation that, in the light of present knowledge, is not expected to cause appreciable bodily injury to a person at any time during his lifetime. As used here, 'appreciable bodily injury' means any bodily injury or effect that the average person would regard as being objectionable and/or competent medical authorities would regard as being deleterious to the health and well-being of the individual."

1960 "Staff Report of the Federal Radiation Council"

Pages 23/24: "The establishment of radiation protection guides, particularly for the whole population, should take into account the possibility of damage, even though it may be small, down to the lowest levels of exposure. This involves considerations other than the presence of readily detectable damage in an exposed individual. It also serves as a basis for such fundamental principles of radiation protection as: there should not be any man-made radiation exposure without the expectation of benefit resulting from such exposure; activities resulting in man-made radiation exposure should be authorized for useful applications provided the recommendations set forth in this staff report are followed.
Page 27: "The Federal Radiation Council endorses in principle the recommendations of such groups as the NAS-NCR, the NCRP, and the ICRP concerning population genetic dose, and recommends the use of the Radiation Protection Guide of 5 rem in 30 years (exclusive of natural background and the purposeful exposure of patients by practitioners of the healing arts) for limiting the average genetically significant exposure of the total U.S. population."
Page 37: This report introduces the use of the term Radiation Protection Guide (RPG). This term is defined as, the radiation dose which should not be exceeded without careful consideration of the reasons for doing so; every effort should be made to encourage the maintenance of radiation doses as far below this guide as practicable.

1961: "National Committee on Radiation Protection and Measurement" Page 3: "There can be no single permissible or acceptable level of exposure without regard to the reasons for permitting the exposure. It is basic that exposure to radiation should result from a real determination of its necessity. There can be different Radiation Protection Guides with different numerical values, depending upon the circumstances. The guides recommended herein are appropriate for normal peacetime operations."

2013 The Obama Administration accepted a cancer rate of at least 1 person per 135 residents* after a nuclear accident, for people living in contaminated areas deemed "safe". This cancer rate is based on:

2011 "International Commission on Radiological Protection" Page 43: "There may be situations where a sustainable agricultural economy isn't possible without placing contaminated food on the market. As such foods will be subject to market forces, this will necessitate an effective communication strategy to overcome the negative reactions from consumers outside the contaminated areas."

1998: "Accidental radioactive contamination of human food and animal feeds: Recommendations for state and local agencies" Page 6: "Committed effective dose equivalent (the recommended PAG) the associated lifetime total cancer mortality would be 2.25 x l0-4 or approximately 1 in 4,400."

1965: "Background material for the development of radiation protection standards" Pages 5 to 6: "Caution should be exercised in decisions to take protective actions in situations where projected doses are near the numerical values of the Radiation Protection Guides (RPG), since the biological risks are so low that the actions could have a net adverse rather than beneficial effect on the public well-being."