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Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Releases Report on Risks from Low-Dose Ionizing Radiation
Published: December 14, 2009
Posted: December 18, 2009

The EPRI report addresses issues highly relevant to DOE energy and environmental missions, including worker safety. The report evaluates current scientific literature and summarizes current understanding of the health effects of exposures to low levels of radiation. The report explains how recent research results could enhance our understanding and lead to operational or regulatory improvements. The analysis concludes that recent radiobiological studies in the low-dose region demonstrate that the mechanisms of action for many biological impacts are different than those seen in the high-dose region, and that risk models should fuse the latest radiobiology and epidemiology results to produce a comprehensive understanding of radiation risk. The report concludes that research should continue on low-dose radiation biology, dose reconstruction, and epidemiology to strengthen the scientific support for future regulatory and policy actions. Specific needs relevant to DOE-funded research in radiobiology and radiation epidemiology, as well as communication issues are described in the report. The full report can be downloaded from the EPRI web site at www.epri.com (search report number 1019227).

Contact: Noelle Metting, SC-23.2, (301) 903-8309
Topic Areas:

  • Legacy: Low Dose Radiation, Radiobiology

Division: SC-23.2 Biological Systems Science Division, BER


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