Critics speak out against proposed radiation limits

(Washington - AP) October 11, 2005 - Critics are publicly attacking radiation limits the government is proposing for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump in Nevada.

They say the rules aren't strict enough to protect the public. Just two of 15 people who made public statements at the agency's headquarters expressed support of the EPA draft rule. One represented a group that wants nuclear waste moved away from the Savannah River Site in South Carolina.

One nuclear physicist says the proposal would throw out every protection put in place since the late 1950s.

Doctor Robert Gould is with the group Physicians for Social Responsibility. Gould says the amount of nuclear exposure the government wants to allow would pose an extremely unacceptable risk to the public.

But the EPA says no final rules will go into effect until after a public comment period.

Posted 10:50pm by Kaela Harmon