LAST CHANCE! Attend and comment on the future of radiation research

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The National Academies is hosting what will probably be the last of 7 virtual public meetings examining how to move forward on low-dose radiation research. The two-day meeting is on Monday and Tuesday, January 24-25, 2022, starting at 2 PM Monday. Public comment times are 6:30-6:45 PM Monday and 11-11:30 AM Tuesday. Agenda subject to change. Watch the proceedings from the Zoom link (Password: 216369 and Meeting ID: 925 3727 0375.)

The meetings began in late July 2021. You can see videos of past public meetings. The committee is collecting written comments until the end of January, and your voice is needed!

This study is sponsored by the Department of Energy, which has previously funded such research, despite past official decisions that limited its research into human radiation exposures due to its lack of transparency, inadequate record-keeping, and willful exposure of humans to radioactivity without their knowledge or consent — for research purposes.

To NAS’s credit, the October public meeting featured powerful and important presentations by downwinder and other communities affected by nuclear technologies including atomic veterans, Native Americans, and independent scientists working with these groups.

These groups have now submitted recommendations (also signed by Beyond Nuclear) to NAS stressing that NAS’s final report include, among other items, acknowledgment of the significant harm and persisting risks to nuclear workers and the public caused by government and industry support and use of nuclear technologies; acknowledgement of the larger ethical question of people’s right to a safe environment; and acceptance that future research on low-dose issues should be community-driven and -overseen.


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