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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Brant Ulsh, CHP, PhD

A serious radiological accident has happened at a nuclear facility. What now? What should people living nearby do? What can we learn from responses to the accidents at Fukushima Daiichi and Chernobyl? Do current guidelines from the International Atomic Energy Agency, International Commission on Radiological Protection, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security adequately consider nonradiological risks resulting from their radiological protective-action recommendations? Make sure to check out "Saving Lives and Preventing Injuries From Unjustified Protective Actions—Method for Developing a Comprehensive Public Protective Action Strategy for a Severe NPP Emergency" by Jessica Callen and Thomas McKenna in the May issue of Health Physics, and join the conversation this article is sure to spark.