THE WHITEHAVEN NEWS

THE WHITEHAVEN NEWS



GROUP STUDIES RADIATION RISKS

Thursday, August 09, 2001

Environment minister Michael Meacher this week announced a new study would be done into the effects of low level radiation contamination.

The study could be significant to operations at Sellafield which generate low levels of radioactive contamination into the local environment.

Mr Meacher said the Government's independent advisory Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment has been asked to establish a new, broad-based working group to review the risks associated with internal radiation emitters and the need for further research.

Membership of the working group will be announced soon.

Mr Meacher said: "There are significant differences of view among experts about the precise impacts of the internal ingestion of radionuclides and these need to be resolved.

"This new working group will reach across all parties in the debate on risks of radiation, to assess the impact and reach a consensus on whether the current risk models continue to be valid."