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How much radiation is OK in an emergency? – Local News – Santa Fe New Mexican

A young evacuee is screened March 24, 2011, at a shelter for those affected by leaked radiation from the tsunami-ravaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new radiation guidelines to help guide local communities and state and federal officials in the event of a nuclear disaster such as the 2011 reactor meltdown at Fukushima after an earthquake-triggered tsunami. Wally Santana/Associated Press file photo

By Rebecca Moss
The New Mexican | Updated 2 weeks ago

New guidelines proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would significantly increase the amount of radiation that people can ingest in the days and years following a radiological accident — levels far higher than existing limits set by the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974.



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