EPA is poised to release its Protective Action Guides (PAGs) for drinking water before the end of 2016. The PAGs are supposed to protect the public from radiation exposure, but in reality they would allow exposure to radioactivity through food, ground shine, and now water, that would result in risks many times above EPA's risk goals. The total allowable radiation exposure would particularly impact sensitive women and children, especially infant girls. Further, there is no guarantee that people will not be forced to remain in highly contaminated areas for a number of years.
Tell the EPA to replace the PAGs with guides that protect vulnerable early life stages like pregnancy and childhood. Send a message to Administrator McCarthy or call her, 202-564-4700, and ask her not to approve these dangerous radiation levels for drinking water.
See Beyond Nuclear's comments on the most recent water PAGs.
Please reject the drinking water PAGs. They do not protect pregnancy and childhood. In combination with the other PAGs, they would result in risks much higher than what EPA states are its risk goals for protecting public health. Don't let your last weeks in office be tarnished by approving these harmful exposure standards.