PROTECTING THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY, NOT THE PUBLIC

Peoples Health, Red Tape & Bull Shit or A Lesson in how you as a tax payer are being protected.

It has been proven that K1 (potassium Iodide) will help minimize the amount of radioactive Iodide your thyroid would absorb in the event of an accident that would release an assortment of radio nuclides. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) Emergency Planning Regulations consist of two major items to protect individuals in the case of a nuclear reactor accident. RUN (evacuation) and HIDE (sheltering) .

On November 27th 1995, the NRC published a document announcing the receipt of a petition for rulemaking filed by Mr. Peter G. Crane concerning the use of K1 in emergency plans. It was asked that the NRC recognize the fact that K1 would help to protect individuals from Radioactive Iodide and that K1 should be stockpiled or made available as part of  an Emergency Plan.

Sounds like a reasonable, responsible request.

Of course the proposal was opposed by the utilities. What could possibly be said in opposition to a proposal that would save lives? Well how about "the rulemaking would not add significant public health and safety benefit beyond the current emergency plans, because evacuation and sheltering are the best means to protect the public" How can you argue with that type of sensibility?

Well the NRC does agree that evacuation is the most effective protective measure to be taken in the event of an emergency. Of course there was no discussion on which way you should run if you live in South Jersey and the wind is blowing Southeast.

To their credit the NRC admitted that K1 could be a useful tool for saving lives in the event of an accident, but they fell short on making it required. The NRC says that K1 should be CONSIDERED by the state when it reviews its emergency plans.

So now it's in the hands of the State. Where are we in  New Jersey on this issue? We are trying to figure that out.

Remember, it only took just over 5 YEARS for the NRC to make a decision. After reading the 27 pages concerning this issue and reading the opposition and the pointing of fingers between agencies of who would pay for it, one does not walk away with a good feeling that so many important decisions that effect our health are in the hands of the bureaucracy. 

The documents concerning this issue can be viewed at www.nrc.gov/nrc/cfr/fr/20010119/jan19-2.html