Effects of Low Level Radiation Exposure
For many years, the US has typically considered radiation, even at low levels, to present some harm. This model is referred to as the "linear, no-threshold (LNT)" hypothesis. Over the years, successive scientific studies have been done resulting in publication of the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation (BEIR) reports. Recent versions have been published by the National Academies Press, whose documents may be viewed on-line for free; in some cases, the documents may be downloaded for free.
Recent studies have led to increasing debate about whether the LNT model is appropriate. Sites and searches providing information on this contentious issue are:
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