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Health Physics Society

Marking anniversary of Fukushima HPS publishes special paper on nuclear radiation

WASHINGTON, DC (MARCH 8, 2013) Marking the anniversary of the March 2011 Japan tsunami and resulting damage to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility, the Health Physics Society (HPS) has published Radiation and Risk: Expert Perspectives online (http://www.hps.org/documents/radiation_and_risk.pdf), the first of a series of special publications on radiation and its effects on human and environmental health.

The paper, authored by leading scientists in the fields of engineering, medicine, health physics, environmental health and public safety, is a compilation of research perspectives on topics including natural radiation, medical radiation application, effects of radiation on the environment, safety controls of nuclear energy production, risk communication and the regulatory implications of radiation safety. Notable perspectives include:

"The contributors to this piece present objective, science-based information, helping us navigate through some of the most important and timely issues in radiation and nuclear energy," said Armin Ansari, President of the Health Physics Society. "Their research includes first-hand experience with the three most-well-known nuclear reactor accidents in history Fukushima, Chernobyl and the 1979 Three Mile Island accident informing their work and providing insights unseen anywhere else."

This compilation of research papers is a result of a panel discussion sponsored by HPS at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on March 1, 2012, where a group of radiation scientists recognized the one-year anniversary of Fukushima and discussed radiation risks with the general public.

HPS Web Operations have published Radiation and Risk: Expert Perspectives in hopes that these perspectives provide a meaningful and understandable explanation of radiation risk to human health and well-being.

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About Health Physics Society

The Health Physics Society is a nonprofit organization formed in 1956 with the primary mission of excellence in the science and practice of radiation safety. The Society has over 5,500 radiation safety professional members in 44 countries, whose activities include ensuring safe and beneficial uses of radiation and radioactive materials, assisting in the development of standards and regulations and communicating radiation safety information. Visit http://www.hps.org for more information.



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