A very harsh headline, I know. But their current proposed actions will translate to that reality in the longer run. The EPA, the Environmental Protection Agency, an agency who’s supposed reason for being is to protect the environment and the people that live within it, are trying to pull a fast one on the American public.
Similar to other government agencies who simply and boldly ‘adjust’ their numbers to suit their purpose, so too will the EPA attempt to change the numbers with regards to radiation exposure.
Our wonderful government… if the unemployment numbers don’t look good, they blatantly change the way the unemployed are counted, a methodology that has changed quite a few times over the years to keep the ‘official’ number looking lower than it actually is.
Our wonderful government… if the Consumer Price Index, inflation, is beginning to look higher than it should, they simply remove certain key categories from the measurement so that the ‘official’ number looks lower than it really is. After all, who actually is affected by food and energy prices, right?
Our wonderful government… if the radiation levels in the air, food, and water across the U.S. might increase due to a seemingly unstoppable radioactive fallout from Japan, they simply raise the ‘acceptable’ numbers so that they can continue to copy-and-paste the same summary response on their Japan Nuclear Emergency webpage of daily updates, which read, “EPA’s RadNet radiation air monitors across the U.S. show typical fluctuations in background radiation levels. The levels detected are far below levels of concern.”
Just move along folks – nothing to see here – keep spending and consuming – nothing to worry about…
According to PEER (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility), the new standards would drastically raise the levels of radiation allowed in food, water, air, and the general environment.
PEER, a national organization of local, state, and federal employees who had access to internal EPA emails, claims that the new standards will result in,
- 1000-fold increase for exposure to strontium-90
- 3000 to 100,000-fold hike for exposure to iodine-131
- 25,000-fold rise for exposure to radioactive nickel-63 in drinking water
- Allow long-term cleanup thresholds thousands of times more lax than previous
Collapsenet, who first reported the details of the new EPA action, said,
Under long-established EPA policy, in conformity with long-accepted international standards on “acceptable” amounts of radiation, these proposed changes would increase the permissible amounts of radiation to levels where…
25% of those exposed to these “new acceptable levels” would develop cancer based on the EPA’s own numbers.
Once the EPA publishes the changes in the Federal Register, it is a done deal. EPA deliberations are not discussed in public or debated in Congress.
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