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EPA says a little radiation may be healthy

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is quietly moving to weaken U.S. radiation regulations, turning to scientific outliers who argue that a bit of radiation damage is actually good for you — like a little bit of sunlight.

The government’s current, decades-old guidance says that any exposure to harmful radiation is a cancer risk. And critics say the proposed change could lead to higher levels of exposure for workers at nuclear installations and oil and gas drilling sites, medical workers doing X-rays and CT scans, people living next to Superfund sites and any members of the public who one day might find themselves exposed to a radiation release.

The Trump administration already has targeted a range of other regulations on toxins and pollutants, including coal power plant emissions and car exhaust, that it sees as costly and burdensome for businesses. Supporters of the EPA’s new proposal argue the government’s current no-tolerance rule for radiation damage forces unnecessary spending for handling exposure in accidents, at nuclear plants, in medical centers and at other sites.

“This would have a positive effect on human health as well as save billions and billions and billions of dollars,” said Edward Calabrese, a toxicologist at the University of Massachusetts who is to be the lead witness at a congressional hearing Wednesday on EPA’s proposal.

Calabrese, who made those remarks in a 2016 interview with a California nonprofit, was quoted by EPA in its announcement of the proposed rule in April. He declined repeated requests for an interview with The Associated Press. The EPA declined to make an official with its radiation-protection program available.

The regulation change is now out for public comment, with no specific date for adoption

Read more: https://bangordailynews.com/2018/10/02/national-politics/epa-says-a-little-radiation-may-be-healthy/

In this Jan. 9, 2013, file photo, a CT scan technician prepares for a patient at the Silver Cross Emergency Care Center in Homer Glen, Ill. The Trump administration is quietly trying to weaken radiation rules, relying on scientific outliers who argue that a little radiation damage is actually good for you -- like a little bit of sunlight. M. Spencer Green | AP
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Oct 3, 2018, 05:28 AM (8 replies)

Stephen Colbert: Guest Steve Kornacki Looks Into His Midterms Crystal Ball

'The Red and the Blue' author Steve Kornacki, the authority on the 2018 midterms, anticipates how Kavanaugh's confirmation process will affect the vote in November.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Oct 3, 2018, 03:57 AM (4 replies)

Stephen Colbert - Monologue and Opening - 10/2/18

Brett Kavanaugh's Very Stereotypical '80s Bar Fight

In yet another example of Brett Kavanaugh's level-headed judicial demeanor, we're now learning about a bar fight he had with a UB40 band member look-alike in the '80s.

Donald Trump's 'Self-Made' Claims Are Bogus

The President's claim that he's a self-made billionaire has always been suspicious, and a report in the New York Times now confirms that Trump is more 'silver spoon' than 'up from the bootstraps.'

Meanwhile...Steve Mnuchin, Death Comet And Robot Brothels

Sure, Donald Trump is a thing. Meanwhile, Steven Mnuchin's mannerism, an asteroid shaped like a skull, and brothels with robot prostitutes are also things!

UB40's 'Red, Red Wine' Ft. Brett Kavanaugh

Since we now know Brett Kavanaugh got into a fight after a UB40 concert, the only logical next move is to mix him into UB40's biggest (and only) hit, 'Red, Red Wine.'

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Oct 3, 2018, 03:54 AM (3 replies)

Seth Meyers: Trump Defends Brett Kavanaugh, Robots Suspended for Sexual Harassment Monologue 10/1/18

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Tue Oct 2, 2018, 11:47 PM (0 replies)

The Daily Show: Guest Bill Gates - Goalkeepers & Celebrating Global Heroes

Bill Gates breaks down what Goalkeepers is trying to accomplish, talks about why he remains an optimist and explains why foreign aid is so important.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Tue Oct 2, 2018, 11:42 PM (0 replies)

The Daily Show: Brett Kavanaugh's 1985 Bar Brawl Brings His Honesty Under Oath into Question

A bar fight in Brett Kavanaugh’s past brings his honesty under oath into question, and Michael Kosta wonders why sober Kavanaugh is being held accountable for drunk Kavanaugh’s actions.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Tue Oct 2, 2018, 11:39 PM (0 replies)

Stephen Colbert: Guest Jake Tapper Credits Jeff Flake For 'Gutsy' Decision

The host of CNN's 'The Lead with Jake Tapper' believes that, whether or not you agree with him, Senator Jeff Flake made a 'gutsy' decision to delay a final vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.

Jake Tapper: Lindsey Graham's Transformation As A Survival Tactic

The host of 'The Lead with Jake Tapper' thinks Lindsey Graham's recent transformation is classic and predictable Washington politics.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Tue Oct 2, 2018, 04:05 AM (5 replies)

Stephen Colbert - Monologue and Opening - 10/1/18

Kavanaugh May Have Boofed The Truth During His Testimony

The White House has given the FBI permission to investigate Brett Kavanaugh thoroughly, comprehensively, and... until Friday.

Kim Jong-Un Responds To Trump Using The L-Word

Donald Trump really put himself out there by describing his feelings toward Kim Jong-Un as 'in love.'

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Tue Oct 2, 2018, 03:53 AM (4 replies)

Seth Meyers - Trump Defends Kavanaugh in Crazy Press Conference Amid FBI Probe: A Closer Look

Seth takes a closer look at President Trump's surreal press conference during which he defended his Supreme Court nominee after a last-minute Senate deal to allow an FBI investigation into the sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Mon Oct 1, 2018, 11:00 PM (2 replies)

The Daily Show: Trump Defends Kavanaugh Amid FBI Probe & Makes a Trade Deal with Mexico & Canada

Trump defends Brett Kavanaugh by claiming "there are bad reports on everybody," and wastes no time bragging about his recent USMCA trade deal.

Trump's "Loco" Trade Announcement - Between the Scenes

Trump may or may not have practiced some Spanish before announcing his trade deal with Mexico...

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Mon Oct 1, 2018, 10:50 PM (0 replies)
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