How to Defuse One of the Terrorists' Chief Weapons
B. N. Howard
Actions by official committees and agencies have served to sensitize the public to fear even trivial amounts of radiation. They all agree in supporting and defending the LNT without regard to the scientific method. Limits which have been set are so extremely low that they send a message to the public that all radiation is very hazardous. They have ignored the growing body of evidence which refutes the linear no-threshold hypothesis and supports hormesis. The public has gotten the message of the dangers of radiation but hasn't heard much about the beneficial effects.
This abstract was presented at the 36th Annual Midyear Meeting, "Radiation Safety Aspects of Homeland Security and Emergency Response", Operational Health Physics Aspects/Impacts of Homeland Defense Session, 1/26/2003 - 1/29/2003, held in San Antonio, TX.