THE BIOLOGICAL HAZARDS OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS TESTING -- An Attempt to Reconcile Divergent Views --

  • Hazords Cammittee
  • Published 2000

Abstract

Although several detailed reports on the biological hazards of nuclear weapons testing have been published (1, 2, 3, 4) a“d the Joint Co”gressioml Committee 0“ Atomic Enerw’ has held two wee~ of open hearings on this question (21), there still appears to be some disagreement, even among scientists, i“ evaluating the hazards. The ~diation Hazards Committee of the Federation of American Scientists has studied the problem and has prepared this report with the desire of assistiW in the “ndersta”di~ & the factual backgro””d on which a“y intelligently itiormed public Opinion must be based. A principal purpose of this report is to emphasize that, so far as the magtit”de of the hazard is co”cer”ed, Conclusions which may appear to be in cotilict can legitimately be drawn from tbe availIt is the Conclusion of this Committee that to describe the able facts. faUout hazard from nuclear testing as either “egli@ble or ahrmi”g is an oversimplification. Tbe c~mmitt~e be~ieve~ There does not appear to be much disagreement on the that tbe iallo”t effects deserve mtierate weight i“ decisions basic quantitative facts with respect to radiation exposures, It Co”cerni”g continuation or cessation of ““clear tests, although is recognized that these are rather wide limits of uncertainty such decisions must be based primarily on other gro””ds than

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@inproceedings{Cammittee2000THEBH, title={THE BIOLOGICAL HAZARDS OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS TESTING -- An Attempt to Reconcile Divergent Views --}, author={Hazords Cammittee}, year={2000} }