The EPA Should Strengthen Its Radiation Protection Standards

Fact Sheet
November 30, 2017

The risks from man-made radiation-producing devices have heightened awareness that radioactive materials have to be evaluated and managed to protect the public from the harmful effects of radiation. As such, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) establishes standards for the protection of the general environment from radioactive material related risks. As the EPA revises its standards, NRDC offers the following recommendations to keep Americans safe:

  1. Base any revisions on the linear nonthreshold dose-response model.
  2. Adopt current data from the International Commission on Radiological Protection.
  3. Consider the effects of radiation exposure from technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive materials.