Quote:"Since the Environmental Protection Agency began detecting radiation in rainwater and milk at levels above its maximum contaminant level, government officials have been downplaying the importance of EPAâ€™s maximum contaminant level.
They would much prefer us to speak in terms of the Food and Drug Administrationâ€™s â€œDerived Intervention Level.â€
The two levels could hardly be more different:
EPA does not allow drinking water to contain more than 3 picoCuries per liter of radioactive istotopes like iodine-131 and cesium-137.
FDA allows up to 4,700 picoCuries of iodine-131 in a liter of milk and up to 33,000 picoCuries of cesium-137.
Officials from both agenciesâ€”as well as many state governmentsâ€”explain the difference in terms of time: EPA assumes long-term exposure over 70 years. FDA assumes youâ€™re encountering the radiation all at once.
But time isnâ€™t the only difference between these two standards:
FDA tolerates a higher mortality rate."
Read it all blogs.forbes.com/jeffmcmahon
Theres a disturbing double standard here that could potentially cause a host of problems in the not too distant future.