Wednesday, October 24, 2007

There's radiation in my head, Suffer for life

posted by The Sailor @ 6:06 PM Permalink

White House May Stop Plan For Anti-Radiation Pills

The White House may scrap a plan that would give anti-radiation pills to millions of people, five years after Congress ordered that the tablets be made available to anyone living within 20 miles of a nuclear reactor.
Although the White House at the time called potassium iodide pills crucial to preventing thyroid cancer in cases of radiation exposure, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) argues against wider distribution of the drug. According to the NRC, the pills may not be the most effective way to prevent cancer and could undermine confidence in U.S. nuclear plants.
In July, President Bush stripped the Health and Human Services Department of responsibility for the program and turned it over to the NRC.
[Patricia Milligan, the NRC’s senior adviser for preparedness] says the NRC is concerned about undermining the reputation of the nuclear industry. “It’s always a concern that if you expand the distribution (of the pills), you don’t have confidence in the plants
Bush is breaking the law again. Bush shouldn't have the power to not enforce laws mandated by Congress. It's the freakin' LAW!

Bush is breaking the law so people 'won't lose confidence' in nuke reactors. (Hmm, where have I heard that before?) Like anyone who lives within 20 miles of reactor wouldn't have moved already if they could afford to.


Cross posted at SteveAudio

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At 2:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The crazy thing about this is that the solution to nuclear plant safety is not:
-build non-nuke power plants
-pursue safer plant design
-move people to further than 20 miles
-pursue scientific consensus on the relative (in?)efficacy of the pills

No, the solution is to defy Congress (illegal, as you point out) and to hide your head in the sand because some nebulous idea of "confidence" is actually able to be changed by sheer denial.

Illegal and insane, it boggles the mind.


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