Each time a release of radioactivity occurs, questions arise and debates unfold on the health risks at low doses – and still, just over a year after the disaster at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Station, unanswered questions and unsettled debates remain. The May special issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, examines what is new about the debate over low-dose radiation risk. The issue focuses specifically on areas of agreement and disagreement, including quantitative estimates of cancer risk as radiation dose increases, known as the linear non-threshold theory (LNT). With essays written by the top experts in their fields, the issue does not claim to put the argument to rest—however, it does provide an indispensible update of the existing literature.
SAGE has made this special issue free to download until the 31st May, 2012. Check it out!