Should the relative biological effectiveness (RBE) of low-level radiation be set at greater than 1?
If so, then EPA will set even more stringent exposure standards for, say, public exposure to nuclear power plants.
But check out this presentation from Oak Ridge National Lab’s Keith Eckerman.
Slide 19 states:
Experimental and theoretical support for low energy electron RBE > 1
No evidence can be drawn from human epidemiological studies
Both theoretical approaches support use of an RBE > 1
Publications of ORNL work in progress [Emphasis added]
As real-life exposures have failed to provide evidence that low-level radiation is more potent than high-level radiation, you can bet that EPA and the radiation scare community will go with the dubious “experimental and theoretical support.”