Thursday, April 18, 2013

Obama Approves EPA's Higher Radiation Exposure Levels for U.S. Population

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Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

According to a statement by PEER (Public Employees For Environmental Responsibility) published on the organization’s website on April 8, 2013, Barack Obama has given final approval for the EPA’s attempt to raise radiation levels in soil and water following “radiological incidents.”

According to PEER, the new guidelines, if enacted, would “allow cleanup many times more lax than anything EPA has ever before accepted.”

Furthermore, PEER, which is in opposition to the changes, has stated that the proposition is a “win for the nuclear industry which seeks what its proponents call a 'new normal' for radiation exposure among the U.S population.”

In regards to the changes to acceptable levels of radiation in water it should be noted that the EPA does not actually propose anything specific. However, this is one of the criticisms put forward by PEER, with the organization claiming that the EPA is "punting" on establishing "an exact new standard."

Indeed, the EPA does refuse to create a new standard for acceptable radiation levels in water. Yet it suggests the possibility that temporary guidelines may be created that could themselves allow for a vast rise in acceptable radiation levels justified by the declaration of an emergency.


The EPA document, “Draft For Use And Public Comment,” states:
EPA is not proposing specific drinking water PAG [Protective Action Guide]at this time. EPA has established enforceable drinking water standards for radionuclides under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). EPA recommends that, to the extent practicable, emergency measures for drinking water be based on the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations (NPDWR) for Radionuclides. The Radionuclides Rule provides states with flexibility when responding to radiological events. If a public water system exceeds the radionuclides standard it must work to get back into compliance as soon as feasible. States have the authority to determine if other corrective actions are needed (e.g. providing alternative water). Guidance on monitoring, notification and protective actions is provided in Chapter 3, along with several online resources for drinking water system operators.
However, in light of the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident, in which some Japanese drinking water supplies were impacted, the Agency recognizes a short-term emergency drinking water guide may be useful for public health protection. The Agency requests input on the appropriateness of, and possible values for, a drinking water PAG.

Still, what is much more alarming than the non-standards expressed by the EPA in regards to radiation in water are the standards regarding acceptable levels of radiation in soil which are written into the document.

In Section 3.7, “Reentry During the Early and Intermediate Phases,” it is determined that levels ranging from 1,000 mrems to 5,000 mrems as cause for evacuation for the general public. However, further in this section, the level of radiation found in soil is determined acceptable at 2,000 mrems for reentry of some displaced individuals. Thus, there seems to be some contradiction in the numbers presented by the EPA.

Far more concerning than mere numerical contradictions, however, is the manner in which PEER paints the real effects of such a policy if it is ever put into practice. The organization states that, “This would, in effect, increase a longstanding 1 in 10,000 person cancer rate to a rate of 1 in 23 persons exposed over a 30-year period.” Clearly, any policy enacted that has the potential to increase the rates of cancer amongst the general public by such drastic numbers should be thoroughly debated and investigated before it is enacted. Unfortunately, just the opposite is taking place.

As PEER’s published statement reads,
"This is a public health policy only Dr. Strangelove could embrace. If this typifies the environmental leadership we can expect from Ms. McCarthy [EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy], then EPA is in for a long, dirty slog,” stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch, noting that the EPA package lacks a cogent rationale, is largely impenetrable and hinges on a series of euphemistic “weasel words.” “No compelling justification is offered for increasing the cancer deaths of Americans innocently exposed to corporate miscalculations several hundred-fold."
Because PAGs and agency policy decisions such as the ones mentioned above are not the result of Congressional action, these standards will go into effect shortly after the ending of the required period for public comment.

It is also important to note that PEER claims these policy changes were approved as far back as last fall, but were delayed until after the Presidential election. The suggestion, obviously, is that the Obama administration knew the potential bad PR to be garnered from the release and approval of such guidelines during only the second period of sustained criticism of his presidency and thus decided to take the safe route by waiting until the election process was over.

The recent suggested changes proposed by the EPA and approved by the Obama White House are in keeping with numerous past attempts by the EPA to raise acceptable radiation levels in a variety of other contexts such as food, the environment, and even the general public themselves.

Indeed, in March, 2011, I wrote an article entitled, “EPA To Help Mainstream Media Obscure The Truth About Radiation Exposure to Americans,” in which I reported on the EPA’s attempt to make important changes to its PAGs (Protective Action Guides) that would have allowed for, according to PEER, “nearly 1000-fold increase for exposure to strontium-90, a 3000 to 100,000-fold hike for exposure to iodine-131; and an almost 25,000 rise for exposure to radioactive nickel-63” in drinking water.”

Likewise, in April, 2011, I also wrote an article dealing with an attempt by the European Union to amend its own requirements in regard to food imported from Japan which would be similar to those proposed by the EPA in the United States.

It appears, however, that the proposed guidelines of 2011 have fortunately not yet been enacted as policy since the EPA appears to still be utilizing the 1991-1992 PAGs. It remains to be seen how long it will take for this latest approval of higher levels of radiation exposure to go into effect.

Read other articles by Brandon Turbeville here.

Brandon Turbeville is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Francis Marion University and is the author of three books, Codex Alimentarius -- The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, and Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident. Turbeville has published over 200 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville's podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV.  He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com. 




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14 comments:

Anonymous said...

What are these....proposals, guidelines, giving states more flexability in emergency response? I can't figure out whether these proposed guidelines will be laws.

They apply only to radiological incidents (accidents) but are they regulations or just guidelines? What is required for them to become regulations with the force of law? EPA proposes (guidelines); White House approves.....public comments: and then ?
Dale, more confused than enlightened (as usual)

Andrew said...

Wake up Anonymous - this is about one approach to the enactment of the long-standing plans for population control/reduction/eugenics by the psycho-bullies who are fast running out of the ability to maintain control over the majority of us who are now also waking up to all the lies that have shaped common consciousness for untold years.

King of the Paupers said...

Jct: I feel so much better now that we're farther from the danger level than we were before. Isn't that how lawyers think? Move the danger level and we're in less danger? Har har har. Lawyers running government!

brad said...

Obviously the next step in evolution has secretly just occurred and we are "evolving" to better handle the glow in the dark world.

And to think, the ONLY thing a nuke power plant does IS BOIL WATER!

That makes all of this danger (for millions of years) worth it!

abinico said...

There is only one safe level of radiation, and that is ZERO. There is no need for nuclear energy.Solar, wind, bio-recyclable - these can provide all the energy we need, but the ruling tyrants will not have it since they cannot control it.

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm

This is of course the same strategy adopted by Japan. First deny, then lie and finally just change the law and pretend everything is OK. Of course like Japan our "leaders" will ensure that their loved ones are safely out of the country. The US 1/10th of 1% have long since left the country. And it is not just because they stole all of our money destroying the Republic in the process.

Anonymous said...

Look up Rick Simpson's Hemp Oil Cure and quit the fear mongering

Anonymous said...

440 nuke plants and counting...

Anonymous said...

Obama, like all federal government agencies, are the tools of rich corporate interests who consider themselves above any law. Obama is just a liar and fascist pig with good public speaking skills. Obama cares not for one person in America, yet he lies so very well. Obama is carrying out the agenda to destroy America. He has already allowed Monsanto to be treated for all purposes as above the law. He has destroyed the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. Americans have no civil liberties, none. Poisoning Americans with toxic levels of radiation is just par for the course.

Anonymous said...

How is the wet side of Hawai'i doing. The local website won't tell me squat. Can I get an honest Inspector meter here?

Anonymous said...

Like everything else the government and mostly greed run this country not the citizens or common sense.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Tent auto immune epidemic..
This is 1:30 is truth and :30 of it is his clients and there recovery.
It directly coorilates x-rays and why they cause cancer.
I warn you.. the path down this road of truth is very shocking and can be backed up via published books and various medical journals
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aHRMjVHggI&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Anonymous said...



Written by a doctor:


"NUCLEAR RADIATION: THERE IS NO SAFE DOSE"

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/insights/04/01/11/nuclear-radiation-there-no-safe-dose


Anonymous said...

As radiation exposure increases, just increase the maximum allowed exposure. Sounds like an Orwellian solution to me. I have written a series of articles on thw Fukushima accident. You can read them at http://www.puremalarkey.com

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