posted on Apr, 22 2011 @ 07:15 AM
reply to post by DancedWithWolves
In terms of the EPA switching over to the FDA's Derived Intervention Level (DIL)
1) A great explanation is in this post:
Radiation In San Francisco Milk Exceeds Infant Dose In Less Than 3 Gallons
2) Realize that DIL is not a level of safety... It is a level so high that a single dose will cause severe health effects. I am actually in the
process of writing a post about a local EPA official who didn't get the Federal memo that the EPA was covering this up by using the FDA level and
admitted to a local newspaper that doses above 3 pCi/L are harmful.
The main thing to keep in mind is the EPA safety level is 3 pCi/L under which it can not be statistically proven there are health effects. It is set
to allow a total radiation dose of 4 millirems per year which equates to 1 death from cancer per million.
Using the FDA's derived intervention level allows for cancer in 1 out of 2,200 people and DEATH FROM CANCER IN 1 OUT OF4,400. By no means is this a
"safe" level and the FDA website even says so.
Also, don't be fooled by comparisons to background radiation or dosages from x-ray, ct-scans or airline flights. There are entirely different than
the dose you receive from internal emitters. Internal emitting radiation is much more dangerous by a factor of a trillion.
Even with the external emitting radiation, here are some statistic that might wake you up, pulled from the American Cancer Society, NJDEP and Health
- 43% of people in US will develop cancer
- 22% of people in US will die from cancer
- 12.9% of people in US will develop cancer from background radiation
- 16.6% of people in US will die from cancer caused by background radiation.
In terms of raw numbers using the census population for 2010 at approximately 308 million for the US:
- Develop Cancer - 43% - 132.76 million
- Death From Cancer - 22% - 67.92 million
- Cancer From Background Radiation - 12.9% - 39.82 million
- Death From Background Radiation Cancer - 6.6% - 20.37 million