T.D. Luckey: Most of the world press assumes that all radiation is harmful. If the Japanese government acts on this presumption in responding to the nuclear reactor damage from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami at Fukushima, Japan's already reeling economy will be crushed by tremendous unwarranted expense. Japan should learn from Chernobyl what Mikhail Gorbachev understood too late: "The nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl 20 years ago... was perhaps the real cause of the collapse of the Soviet Union five years later."
T.D. Luckery: Evidence of health benefits and longer average life-span following low-dose irradiation should replace fear, “all radiation is harmful,” and “the perception of harm” as the basis for action in the 21st century. Hormesis is the excitation, or stimulation, by small doses of any agent in any system. Large doses inhibit. “Low dose” is defined as any dose between ambient levels of radiation and the threshold that marks the boundary between biopositive and bionegative effects. That threshold negates the “linear no threshold” (LNT) paradigm.
(Donald J. Higson, Jerry Cuttler) Canada Australia - INEA statement on radiation and health summary recommendations13.Feb.2015
Donald J. Higson is a Fellow of the Australasian Radiation Protection Society, Jerry Cuttler is a distinguished nuclear scientist in Canada. The nuclear energy industry offers a proven and safe means for generating most of the electricity we need at a reasonable cost, with minimal damage to the environment. Other uses of nuclear science and technology in industry and in medicine also provide enormous benefits to society. Other uses of nuclear science and technology in industry and in medicine also provide enormous benefits to society. However, for many people, fear of radiation – essentially the mistaken belief that there is no safe radiation dose – is a significant deterrent to the wider use of these technologies.For low doses and low dose rates, there is abundant evidence that conflicts with the Linear No-Threshold LNT model in use worldwide for establishing radiation safety guidelines.
Bryan Leyland is a consulting engineer for major electric generating projects in Africa and Asia. He is a strong advocate for nuclear power. His home is in beautiful New Zealand where he owns a hydroelectric generating plant.