Watchdog criticizes feds for pulling back on radiation monitoring, California Watch, May 10, 2011:
“With the Japanese nuclear situation still out of control and expected to continue that way for months and with elevated radioactivity continuing to show up in the U.S., it is inexplicable that EPA would shut down its Fukushima radiation monitoring effort,” said Jeff Ruch, executive director of the watchdog group [Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility], in a statement.
He said the agency found high levels of radiation in drinking water, and now was not the time to be pulling their efforts back.
He also said the EPA’s monitoring program, RadNet, is unreliable and fails to cover large swaths of the West Coast. [...]
According to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, the EPA has proposed raising their guideline radiation limits [...] According to Ruch, the new clean up standards are “thousands of times more lax than anything the EPA has ever before accepted.”
Documents obtained by the watchdog group [PDF] via the Freedom of Information Act indicate the EPA made a decision to approve the revised guidelines months ago, but has yet to make a formal announcement.
Published: May 11th, 2011 at 12:19 pm ET
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