WASHINGTON - Four years after the March 11, 2011 nuclear catastrophe in Japan began, a Fukushima-style disaster could still happen in the U.S., say experts at Beyond Nuclear. And if it does, U.S. authorities could rule that affected populations be forced to accept higher “allowable” doses of radiation to make severe nuclear accidents appear tolerable.
The health risk from 20 milli-Sieverts per year is very small compared to the life-disruptions caused by evacuating the public to avoid it. That has been shown clearly in the case of Fukushima.
The limit at 1 is for routine releases, not for an accident situation.