The Honorable Gina McCarthy
Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation and Administrator-Nominee
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Dear Assistant Administrator McCarthy:
I am writing to demand that EPA withdraw the Protective Action Guides it released on April 15, 2013 for the following reasons:
Allowing 1 in 6 or even more people to get cancer from radiation exposure in order to protect nuclear industry profits works against EPA's mission to "protect human health and the environment." EPA needs to make health were the driver of cleanup and recovery, not industry economics.
EPA relies on advice from nuclear industry funded organizations, like the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP), to establish radiation exposure levels for the public. This is an obvious conflict of interest.
EPA PAGs fail to incorporate the lessons of previous nuclear catastrophes like Chernobyl and Fukushima by ignoring increasing and migrating contamination.
EPA fails to fully account for any longer term chronic exposure sources like contaminated food; and work with other agencies to ensure the public is fully informed of man-made radiation levels in food.
EPA fails to incorporate key applicable recommendations of the United Nations Human Right to Health report, recently released, on the Fukushima disaster.
I demand the PAGs be withdrawn, rather than adjusted or amended, because of EPA’s connection to NCRP, an industry-funded entity paid by EPA to advise them on these guides. This collaboration with NCRP is a conflict that will make creating independent, protective radiation standards extremely difficult.