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Discussion Topic 3, Issues relating to children’s health, environmental justice, Tribes, and low-income populations.

2010 July 9

As part of its review, EPA is examining the potential environmental, economic, and cultural impacts of uranium facility operations on Tribes and low-income populations.

Since 40 CFR Part 192 was originally issued in 1983, EPA’s has established a Policy for Administration of Environmental Programs on Indian Reservations.

Executive Order 128988 of 1994 directs the Federal government to address environmental health issues in low-income and minority communities.

EPA is also reviewing the impact of uranium facility operation on children.  Executive Order 13045 of 1997 requires the federal government address environmental health risks that disproportionally affect children.

We invite you to provide your thoughts on this topic

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  1. Phil Egidi permalink
    September 23, 2010

    A REM is a REM, or not, depending on what dose conversion factors are considered. Clearly, EPAs work over the years (e.g., FGR13) has evolved to look at morbidity as well as mortality, age and sex adjusted compared to ICRP 26/30 NRC. Standard Man does not fit the reservation (or almost anywhere else in the US these days). The newer dosimetric approaches should be beneficial for all children and elderly people.

    Whatever policy is adopted should consider that it if release of a rad site is at 15 mrem/y > background, so should UMTRA/TENORM sites.
    ALARA should be the driver in any case.

  2. bcourter permalink*
    October 25, 2010

    We really appreciate receiving your considered posting.

    Our review of radiation dose and risk and associated conversion factors will evaluate changes in EPA radiation standards and policy over time since the.40 CFR Part 192 regulations were published, and how they should be applied to uranium and thorium milling sites. In this context, the release of sites for public or private use, or some future intrusion at sites currently under institutional control will be an important scenario for modeling. The impacts to children’s health, disadvantaged, EJ and Tribal populations will be examined as a special emphasis in accordance with Agency policy.

    We recognize that the clean-up and other radiation standards in the present regulation have become widely used even in EPA for remediation of (TENORM) contaminated sites containing uranium, radium, and/or thorium regardless of the source of contamination. However, our responsibility under the UMTRCA statute and this review is to ensure that the uranium and thorium mill sites are the ones which are being addressed in the standards.

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