Capitol Radiation Roll Call letter
JunkScience.com Report Is Accurate
Roll Call, April 23, 2001
To the Editor: Your April 16 headline "Architect Deals With Fallout, Site Posts Misleading Report on Capitol Radiation" is wrong.
The JunkScience.com report in question, "Radiation Sources at the U.S. Capitol and Library of Congress Buildings," is quite accurate and straightforward.
Radiation dose rates in the Capitol were measured to be up to 65 times greater than the Environmental Protection Agency standards for radiation protection of the public.
There is no controversy about those measurements. Controversy does exist, however, about what they mean.
JunkScience.com agrees with the U.S. Public Health Service that no danger is presented by these measurements.
However, the EPA and Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) believe the contrary.
The purpose of the study was to point out the absurd position of the EPA and Reid, who supports the application of the EPA standards to the nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.
What's misleading is the EPA and Reid scaring the public about radiation levels that aren't dangerous.