02 May '12, 3pm

The Low-Level Radiation Puzzle:

The Low-Level Radiation Puzzle By MATTHEW L. WALD Reuters Officials from the Tokyo Electric Power Company and journalists viewing the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant from a bus last November. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is casting new light – or maybe just heat — on the murky field of sizing up the health effects of small radiation doses. The publication’s May-June issue carries seven articles and an editorial on the subject of low-dose radiation, a problem that has thus far defied scientific consensus but has assumed renewed importance since the meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi reactors in Japan in March 2011. The accident contaminated the surrounding area, and questions persist about whether residents should be allowed to return or whether the radiation doses they would receive are too big a threat to their health. The bulletin, known for its “doomsda...

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