The linear hypothesis: An idea whose time has passed

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This paper attempts to present a clear idea of what the linear (no-threshold) hypothesis (LH) is, how it was corrupted and what happened to the nuclear industry as a result, and one possible solution to this major problem for the nuclear industry. The corruption lies in the change of the LH from ``a little radiation MAY produce harm`` to ``low doses of radiation WILL KILL you.`` The result has been the retardation of the nuclear industry in the United States, although the industry is one of the safest, if not the safest industry. It is suggested to replace the LH ... continued below

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Tschaeche, A.N. December 1, 1995.

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This paper attempts to present a clear idea of what the linear (no-threshold) hypothesis (LH) is, how it was corrupted and what happened to the nuclear industry as a result, and one possible solution to this major problem for the nuclear industry. The corruption lies in the change of the LH from ``a little radiation MAY produce harm`` to ``low doses of radiation WILL KILL you.`` The result has been the retardation of the nuclear industry in the United States, although the industry is one of the safest, if not the safest industry. It is suggested to replace the LH with two sets of standards, one having to do with human and environmental health and safety, and the other (more stringent) for protection of manufactured items and premises. The safety standard could be some dose such as 5 rem/year. This would do away with the ALARA concept below the annual limit and with the collective dose at low doses. Benefits of the two-tier radiation standards system would be the alleviation of the public fear of radiation and the health of the nuclear industry.

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  • Winter meeting of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), San Francisco, CA (United States), 29 Oct - 1 Nov 1995

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  • Other: DE96003317
  • Report No.: INEL--95/00369
  • Report No.: CONF-951006--26
  • Grant Number: AC07-94ID13223
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 159298
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc622825

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Tschaeche, A.N. The linear hypothesis: An idea whose time has passed, article, December 1, 1995; Idaho Falls, Idaho. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc622825/: accessed June 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.